A New Jersey military installation where tens of thousands of recruits passed through is getting a new name. Fort Dix will join neighboring McGuire Air Force Base and Lakehurst Naval Air Station to become the nation’s first three-service combined base. Its new name will be Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. An afternoon ceremony is planned.Combining the bases in the middle of New Jersey is a way to keep them open after the Defense Department’s last round of base closures and realignments. The idea is to share more services to save costs.
Fort Dix has been a major wartime mobilization and demobilization center since World War I. More than 77,000 troops headed for Iraq and Afghanistan have passed through there since 2001.