Thursday, March 1, 2018

King In Camden - Stockton Study Dispute


753 Walnut Street - Camden, N.J.
MLK's Home address in June 1950

The Stockton University "study" of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s time in Camden concluded "King may reasonably be said to have 'stayed' or 'visited' 753 Walnut Street at certain points in time, but at no time could be said to have 'lived' there." That conclusion is an oxymoron of semantics, as it has been clearly established as a fact that he did in fact visit, stay and lived there at very specific points in time between 1947 and 1950.

In regards to the Philadelphia Inquirer article on the Stockton study of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s time in Camden, NJ, - "King Tie to House Disputed" (Published on Monday, February 26, 2018), it should be noted that there is no disputing that King "lived" at 753 Walnut Street, as King himself signed the legal complaint in Maple Shade, listing that address as his residence, and others who lived there have testified to remembering him living there.

If Stockton is going to use  semantics to dispute King's ties to the house as his residence, then the "study" itself is in dispute, as it is incomplete and failed to follow basic social research techniques.

It should be noted that the $20,000 Stockton "study," commissioned and financed by the State of New Jersey, was conducted by six all Caucasian professors and graduate students who only reviewed the published books and articles. They did not survey the detailed public records obtained by Patrick Duff, nor did they conduct any interviews or oral histories with any of the living witnesses.

That the published historical records do not reflect King's time in Camden, or the incident at Maple Shade, makes it a Deep Political event, and even more significant than the official history as it stands today. It is truly amazing that we are learning of these things for the first time fifty years after they occurred, and as their true significance is realized, King's biographies and the history of the civil rights movement in America must be re-written, not discarded as insignificant, as the Stockton report suggests.

For his own personal and understandable reasons King himself did not want to reveal to his family or promote the fact that he was evicted from a bar at gunpoint on a Sunday night.

But we now know for a fact that King lived in Camden at 753 Walnut Street in June 1950, and the event at Mary's Place Cafe in Maple Shade inspired him to make civil rights a part of his ministry.

How can that NOT be significant?

Since the incomplete and flawed Stockton report was officially released Patrick Duff discovered yet another newspaper article from 1998 that quotes Jethroe Hunt, then 77 years old, who was a young man in 1950. Hunt grew up in the 753 Walnut Street house, and it was his second floor back room King and McCall used while he was away in the Army for three years. Hunt had just returned on the very June 1950 day that King said he was going to go to Maple Shade to get something to eat, and ignored  Hunt's warning that he wouldn't be served there.

King replied by saying, "We've got to get this thing changed to the point where we can go anywhere."

This indicates that King and company didn't just didn't stop at Mary's Place at random, but went there specifically because they knew they wouldn't be served and to instigate an incident, which they did.

At the time King's Crozier seminary was on summer break. King was reading about Ghandi's use of non-violent civil disobedience against British rule in India and was taking a seminar with renown black sociologist Dr. Ira De A. Reid at Haverford College, where there is now a social research center named after Reid.

Reid's seminar was on proper oral history research techniques, and Reid had his students, including King, travel around the south interviewing older black Baptist preachers.

Years later in 1958 King gave a speech on the use of non-violent civil disobedience in the civil rights movement to a conference of Quakers in Cape May, NJ, when he quoted one of the old preachers he interviewed, who didn't have good command of the King's English but got his point across when he said: "Let judgement rain down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. Lord, we ain't what we ought to be, we ain't what we wanna be, but thank almighty Gold we ain't what we was."

Now we know King spent some considerable time in Camden, preached there, lived at 753 Walnut Street, a house that should be preserved, and he was involved in an incident at Mary's Place Cafe in Maple Shade, filed charges against bar owner Ernest Nichols, the first civil rights case he was involved in, and it was a planned strategy that inspired him to make civil rights an important part of his ministry, which got him killed.

King was assisted in his case by Camden Dr. Ulysses Samson Wiggins, and now Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Camden ends at Wiggins Park.

753 Walnut Street should be restored and preserved like another historic Camden house on MLK Blvd. - The Walt Whitman house.

When King was assassinated, and on other occasions, riots broke out in Camden and whole blocks of houses were burned to the ground, but Eleanor Ray, a local girl who obtained a degree from Rutgers, was curator of the Whitman house during the riots and saved it by standing on the front steps of the house with a broom, and swatting it at any rioters who threatened it.

Now 753 Walnut Street needs to be preserved like the Whitman House, and Patrick Duff is the new Eleanor Ray. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Philadelphia Eagle Cleches

Philadelphia Eagle Cleches

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The Philadelphia Eagles, unlikely winners of Superbowl 52 and NFL World Championship, coined a few clich├ęs that deserve further reflection and can possibly be put to use in other aspects of our lives, other than sports.

After bouncing around the NFL and considering retirement, Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles, the Superbowl Most Valuable Player, said a few good things other than of his faith in God and prayer. He said that people “shouldn’t be afraid to fail” – something that many people predicted he would do after replacing the quarterback who took the Eagles to an unprecedented season and got them in the playoffs.

Foles also said that it was important that he “stay in the moment,” and really appreciate all the good things that were happening – both during and after the game.

They used to say that about Alan Iverson, the Philadelphia Seventy Sixers basketball standout who, when he “was on,” would lead the team to the NBA finals, but alone, could never deliver that championship parade down Broad Street.

Then there’s coach Pederson, who came up with the play that will live forever, the Philly Special – a fourth down and one at the goal line, a flea flicker shotgun hike to the back, an undrafted free agent - who flips the ball to an end around – who happens to be a former college quarterback who throws the ball to the wide open Nick Foles in the end zone for the touchdown just before the end of the half.
Coach Peterson said that winning championships – is “the New Norm,” and that Philadelphia will become what New England was – a virtual dynasty of champions.

Then at the end of the parade at the big party – Eagles center – dressed as a genie in a mummer’s outfit – took over the microphone on Rocky’s Arts Museum steps and underlying the Eagle’s proud underdog status – at least as far as the Vegas bookies went – said that “Hungry dogs run faster!”
And indeed they do, or did on this day.

So in retrospect – we can take it all in and reflect on these cleches – “Don’t be afraid to fail,” – “Stay in the Moment,” – and remember “The Philly Special,” a play that will be suitable for sometime in our lives, and when you are hot, winning becomes “The New Norm,” and “ Hungry (Under) Dogs run faster!”, something to consider before placing your bet.

It should also be noted that the New Norm of winning may be contagious, as the Philadelphia Flyers and the Seventy Sixers have yet to lose since the Superbowl and are 14-0. 

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Chronology 2 Updated


1793 – January 9 - The first flight in North America took place from Philadelphia to Woodbury, New Jersey with Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchardin a balloon.
1798 – John Adams Dix born in Boscawen, New Hampshire 
1812 – Dix serves in War of 1812
1861 – Dix named chairman of the Union Defense Committee in New York and made Major General in US Army. 
1872 – Dix elected Governor of New York 
21 April 1879 – Dix dies in New York City 
1909 – A.D. Irwin and A.O. Leighton form Philadelphia construction company
1915 – Eddystone Ammunition Corporation establishes the Lakehurst Munitions Storage facility for Imperial Russian Army.
6 April 1917 – US enters World War I – Congress authorizes the construction of 16 Army Camps to be built.
1917 – Camp Kendrick established at Lakehurst, home of the 1st Gas Regiment, a chemical weapons unit.
19 May 1917 Selective Service Act 
12 June 1917 – Major Harry C. Williams named first commander of Camp Dix.
June 1917 – Irwin & Leighton given $13 million contract to convert New Jersey corn fields into army mobilization and training camp. Construction of Camp Dix begins.
June 1917 – First American troops arrive in France 
28 June 1914 – Construction begins on 1,655 buildings with 11,000 workers.
16 July, 1917
1917 – Harker family house sold to government and converted to the residence of the base commander. 
23 August 1917 – Major General Chase W. Kennedy named commander of Camp Dix.
September 1917 – First 17,000 troops arrive at Camp Dix. Eventually 35,000 troops in training, filling all barracks and tents used to house the rest, including 87th and 34th Infantry Divisions, 349th and 350th Field Artillery Battalions of the 92nd Division, and 15th Infantry of New York (369th). 311th Ambulance Company. 153rd Depot Brigade. British, French and Scottish solders at CampDix to advise US soldiers on the role of tanks and trench warfare. 
October 1917 – Camp Dix Fire Company organized by soldiers, and the library opens with volunteers from the American Library Association. Howard L. Hughes, Harold F. Brigham librarians. 
22 October 1917 – Camp Dix base hospital opens with 61 buildings with 1,000 bed capacity, located east of the Wrightstown Circle. 
28 November 1917 – Brigadier General John S. Mallory (ad Interim) assumes command of Camp Dix.
28 December 1917 – Brigadier General James T. Dean (ad interim) assumes command of Camp Dix.
2 January 1918 – Major General Hugh L. Scott assumes command of Camp Dix
May 1918 – 78th Infantry Division, under Maj. Gen. Chase Kennedy leaves Dix and sails to Europe. 
May 1918 – YMCA, Red Cross and Knights of Columbus begin providing programs and services to entertain the soldiers.
August 1918 – Fort Dix has 55,000 soldiers in training.
September - October 1918 – 7,970 cases of influenza and pneumonia reported, 774 deaths.
11 November 1918 – War ends. 
3 December - Camp Dix demobilization center opens that processes over 300,000 soldiers.
8 March 1919 – Camp Dix becomes Fort Dix – named permanent Army post. 
12 May 1919 – Major General Harry C. Hale assumes command of Camp Dix
1919 – Contractors and workman arrive at Lakehurst to begin the excavation for the world’s largest aircraft hangar, the first to be built in America.
1920 – 26 men, eight officers and eighteen enlisted men sent to England for training on British airships.
1920 – Congress approves military budget that includes construction of two rigid airships, one to be built in this country and the other in UK, along with a “station in which to erect and operate a dirigible.” With this directive the US Navy took over the Army’s Camp Kendrick.
31 July 1920 – Commander Hale promoted to Brigadier General.
1 August 1920 – Thomas Buchanan McGuire, Jr. born in Ridgewood, N.J. 
3 September 1920 Brigadier General William S. Graves assumes command of Camp Dix
1 October 1920 Brigadier General Clarence R. Edwards assumes command of Camp Dix
1 November 1920 Major General Charles C.P. Summerall assume command of Camp Dix
10-11 1920 – 1st Infantry Division observes first anniversary of end of WWI at ceremony presided over by Gen. John J. Pershing.
1920 – Camp Dix used as a training center for Army Reserves, National Guard and the Citizens Training Camp.
1920-21 – Design studies initiated for the construction of airship – ZR-1 – Zeppelin, Rigid #1. Basic parts constructed in Philadelphia. Commander Ralph Weyerbacher named project manager, assited by Anton Heinen, a German airship expert.
1921 – Navy establishes Lakehurst Naval Air Station 
1921 - Animal Transportation School operating. 
June 1921 – ZR-2 completed in England. 695 feet long, 85 feet in diameter, and six engines, the airship was designed by the British, who basically followed the German design. Design flaws resulted in buckling, and with American Naval Commander A. H. Maxfiled, broke apart on a test flight and crashes into the Humber River in the City of Hull, England. Maxfiled and 43 crew killed. Crewman Charles Broome of Toms River, was not aboard, witnessed the crash and took a boat to the scene, swimming into the sinking ship in an attempt to rescue survivors. Broome awarded a medal for heroism, but died in the crash of the Shenandoah four years later.
July 1921 – Major General David C. Shanks assumes command of Camp Dix
November 1921 – Major General Charles T. Meneher assumes command of Camp Dix.
December 1921 – Major General Harry C. Hale returns to command of CampDix
November 1922 – Brigadier General William S. Graves returns to command of Camp Dix
17 January 1923 – Captain Noe C. Killian commander of Camp Dix
16 May 1923 – Brigadier General William S. Graves returns to command Camp Dix
4 September 1923 – First test flight of ZR-1, Frank R. McCrary and Anton Heinen joint commanders.
5 September 1923 – Captain Noe C. Killiian commander of Camp Dix
1923 – Camp Kendrick is open at Lakehurst Proving Grounds
11 September 1923 – ZR-1 makes publicity flight over New York city and Philadelphia, huge crowds watched and cheered from thestreets.
10 October 1923 – ZR-1 officially christened the Shenandoah by Marion Denby, wife of the Secretary of the Navy, Edwin Denby.  “Shenandoah” is an American Indian term meaning, “Daughter of the Stars,”
16 January 1924 – Shenandoah breaks away from the mooring mast at Lakehurst during a storm and sustains nose damage.
8 April 1924 – Lieutenant Colonel James T. Watson commander of Camp Dix
19 May 1924 – Brigadier General William S. Graves returns to command Camp Dix
21 June 1924 – Colonel Charles Gerhardt commander of Camp Dix
26 June 1924 – Colonel John J. Bradley commander of Camp Dix
3 July 1924 – Brigadier General Frank Parker assumes command of Camp Dix
26 July 1924 – Lieutenant Colonel James T. Watson commander of Camp Dix
8 August 1924 – Shenandoah makes the first mooring to a Navy vessel, the USS Patoka, a tanker ship outfitted with a mooring mast. Lt. Charles Rosendahl was in command.
7 October 1924 – Shenandoah begins trip across the USA flying over the Rocky Mountains.
October 15 1924 – ZR-3 Los Angeles delivered to Lakehurst from Germany as part of post-war reparations agreement, carrying highly volatile hydrogen fuel, declared unsafe by Navy standards. The hydrogen fuel vented off into the pinelands air and refitted with helium from the Shenandoah. The transoceanic flight of 5,000 miles took 81 hours with an average speed of 61 mph.
27 April 1925 – Colonel Stanley Ford commander of Camp Dix
21 May 1925 – Brigadier General Preston Brown assumes command of CampDix
10 August 1925 – Lieutenant Colonel James T. Watson commander of CampDix
25 September 1925 – Major Nicholas W. Campanole commander of Camp Dix
2 September 1925 – Shenandoah embarks on flight to Midwest, runs into storm over Ohio and breaks apart. The control cabin plunged to earth killing Commander Zachary Lansdowne. The bow section descends safely to earth under guidance of Lt. Cmdr. Rosendahl. 21 of the crew of 43 survive. Charles H. Broome of Toms River and George C. Schnitzer of Tuckerton die in the accident.
15 October 1925 – Captain Herbert D. Gilison commander of Camp Dix
16 November 1925 – Captain Richard L. Pemberton commander of Camp Dix
25 November 1925 – ZR-3 flown to Washington DC where the President’s wife, Grace Coolidge, christened her the Los Angeles. Navy Lieutenant Charles E. Rosendahl boarded her for the return flight.
1925 – Mock Invasion staged at Fort Dix – first landing of an airplane on base.
15 March 1926 – Lt. Commander Rosendahl replaced Commander George W. Steele as skipper of the Los Angeles.
6 May 1926 – Captain George Rankin commander of Camp Dix
1 June 1927 – Brigadier General Frank McCoy commander of Camp Dix
25 August 1927 – while moored to the mast at Lakehurst, strong winds lift the tail of the Los Angeles until it stood vertically from its nose.
22 July 1928 – Colonel Arthur Poillon commander of Camp Dix
1928 – September – The New Jersey National Guard Flying Contingent – the 119th Observation Squadron established in support of the 44th Army Division, flying O-2H observation aircraft.
1928 – The Los Angeles attempted a landing on the aircraft carrier Saratoga, but high winds prevented it from doing so, though Lt. Commander Herbert Wiley jumped aboard the Saratoga deck and was left behind.
21 September 1928 – Brigadier General Otho B. Rosembaum commander of Camp Dix
11 October 1928 – The Graf Zeppelin (LZ-127) begins transatlantic flight from Germany to Lakehurst. Built at Friedrichshafen, Germany, where the Los Angeles was built, as a private venture by Hugo Eckener, who believed in the commercial success of airships for passenger, mail and cargo. US Navy Lt. Commander Charles E. Rosendahl was on board when violent storm damaged the horizontal stabilizer, and repairs were made over the rough seas.
15 October 1928 – Graf Zeppelin arrived at Lakehurst after 112 hours at sea, flying 6,200 miles.
7 August 1929 – Graf Zeppelin, financed by American publisher William Randolph Hearst, began an “Around the World Cruise” from Lakehurst. It flew to Germany, over Russia, Tokyo and across the Pacific to Los Angeles.
29 August 1929 – Graf Zeppelin arrives back at Lakehurst after circling the globe.
November 1929 – Construction of the fourth airship authorized by US Navy began by Goodyear Zeppelin Company, in Akron, Ohio. 785-feet long.
1 October 1930 – Captain Charles Perfect commander of Camp Dix
20 October 1930 – 1st Lieutenant Richard T. Mitchell commander of CampDix
17 December 1930 – Major Andrew G. Gardner commander of Camp Dix
1930 – Federal Bureau of Prisons establishes prison on site. 
1930s – Citizens Military Training Camp (CMTC) offers signal, infantry, cavalry, artillery, and engineering training. After 4, 30 day courses qualify for commission in Army Reserve. 
5 August 1931 – the Akron, designed to carry airplanes within its framework, was christened by the wife of President Herbert Hoover. It carried five Navy scouting planes on initial test flights under the command of Lt. Commander Charles Rosendahl.
December 1931 – Captain Samuel L. Metcalfe commander of Camp Dix
March 1932 – Lieutenant Colonel Lewis H. Watkins commander.
8 May 1932 – The Akron flies west.
11 May 1932 – Akron arrives at Camp Kearney, San Diego, California. Two ground crewmen killed in an accident while mooring and a third left dangling until rescued.
June 1932 – Brigadier General Howard L. Laubach commander
June 1932 – The Los Angeles was retired during the Great Depression for economic reasons, after making 331 flights and 4,320 flying hours.
September 1932 – Captain Horace K. Heath commander
November 1932 – Major Alexander C. Sullivan commander
March 1933 – Lieutenant Colonel Lewis H. Watkins commander
March 1933 – Wife of Navy Admiral Moffett christens the Macon, built by Goodyear, the fifth airship to join the US Navy fleet.
31 March 1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs bill creating CCC that continued until 1942 – Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) planted trees, controlled soil erosion, constructed roads, dams, bridges and fire towers, operates reception, training and discharge center with two forestry companies, a physical conditioning company and cook and baker’s school. The CCC built the first airplane runway at Camp Dix. 
April 1933 – Brigadier General Howard L. Laubach commander
3 April 1933 – Under command of Commander Frank McCord, with Admirla W. A. Moffett, Chief of Navy Bureau of Aeronautics as a guest, the Akron left Lakehurst on test mission, was caught in a storm and plunged into the sea. Only three of the 76 aboard survived, two enlisted men and Lt. Commander Wiley.
October 1933 – Macon assigned to the new Moffett Field airbase at Sunnyvale, California.
December 1933 – Lieutenant Colonel Torrey B. Maghee commander
March 1934 – Brigadier General Howard Laubach commander
August 1934 – Brigadier General John L. DeWitt commander
October 1934 – Major Ford Richardson commander
1934 – The German company that built the Los Angeles and Graf Zeppelin began construction of the Hindenburg, with much improved aerodynamics and speed of 80 mph, a library, bar, individual cabins, dining room with a grand piano and smoking salon sealed off from the rest of the ship.
April 1935 – Lieutenant Colonel Albert S. Williams commander
12 February 1935 – While engaged in a fleet drill off California, a squall tore the upper fin and rudder and debris punctured three rear helium cells. The crew donned life jackets as the ship settled into the sea. As the helium gas was inhaled by the crew’s vocal cords, “bass voices turned soprano and strong men sounded like babies. The men clinging to the sinking aircraft suddenly exploded into uncontrollable laughter at the strange sound of themselves, despite their perilous condition. Only two of the 83 men aboard were killed. The ZR-5 sank.  (Note: On June 24, 1990 the wreckage of the Macon was found by US Navy three man submersible Sea Cliff, off Point Sur, at depth of 1,450 feet).
4 March 1936 – Hindenburg takes maiden flight, then makes ten trips to Lakehurst that year.
22 March 1936 – Graf Zeppelin and the recently completed LZ-129 the Hindenburg, take a duel flight across Germany.
November 1936 – Colonel Robert S. Knox commander
1936 – Telephone switchboard installed.
1937 – Civilian Conservation Corps completes concrete runway – Fort Dix airstrip - Rudd Field, dedicated to 2nd Lt. Guy K. Rudd – who lost his life on December 11, 1932 when his plane struck a tree and crashed in Bernardsville during a low altitude dive. Rear observer Cpl. Robert W. Junemann was also killed.
3 May 1937 – Hindenburg began first ocean crossing of the year, to Lakehurst, Captain Max Pruss flying over New York City to give passengers view of Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building. Commander Charles Rosendahl at Lakehurst radioed Captain Pruss to delay scheduled landing because of high winds.
6 May 1937 – 7:25 pm Hindenburg dirigible disaster at Lakehurst. 13 passengers, 22 crewmen and one Navy ground crew, Allen Hagaman died, 72 survived.
23 October 1937 – Colonel Arthur Poillon commander
1938 – Works Progress Administration and Public Works Administration funds construction of new buildings – Building 5416 – housed field grade officers. 
8 March 1939 – Camp Dix named a permanent installation and renamed Fort Dix
1940 – Graf Zeppelin retired from service and dismantled. In nine years it made 590 flights over 1,033,618 miles.
9 January 1940 Colonel Bernard Lentz commander
13 May 1940 – Colonel John W. Downer commander
1940 – Federal government purchases 17,000 additional acres of adjacent land and constructs new runways. 
8 September 1940 – President Roosevelt declares limited national emergency and approved the first peacetime draft. 
16 September 1940 – Peacetime draft inductees begin arriving at Fort Dixreception, training and deployment center. 44th Infantry Division assigned to Fort Dix for training. Ten other divisions trained at Fort Dix before being deployed overseas.
25 October 1940 Major General Clifford R. Powell commander
1941 – Pointville cemetery and town acquired by government for base expansion. 
18 March 1941 Colonel Cassius M. Dowell commander
1941 – McGuire leaves Georgia Tech to join US Army Air Corps, Randolph Field.
1942 – U.S. Army ground forces relinquish control of the air base to the U.S. Army Air Force under jurisdiction of 1st Air Force as key anti-submarine base.
14 January 1942 – wartime airship K-3 under command of Lt. Walter Keen, made the first MAD (Magnetic Airborne Detection) contact with a submarine along the eastern shipping route, diverting a convoy away and marking the spot by flare so a nearby destroyer could drop depth charges.
May 1942 – Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps established 
15 July 1942 – K-9 under command of Lt. Commander Raymond Tyler, rescued survivors of the torpedoed merchant ship S.S. Moldanger, who had been adrift at sea for 18 days.
1943 – B-24s arrive for anti-sub warfare.
April 1943 – Dodgers and Giants play a baseball game at Fort Dix baseball field. 
July 1943 – Auxiliary Corps renamed Women’s Army Corps (WACS), working as administrative clerks, truck drivers, photographers and mechanics. 
18-19 August 1943 – McGuire with 431st Fighter Squadron Wewak, New Guinea, shoots down five Japanese Ki-43 and Ki-61 fighters, eventually scoring 38 aerial victories, second only to Maj. Richard I. Bong, US AF all time ace (40)
1943 – Commercial artist Sfc. Zola Marcus painted many murals around the base.
1943 – September – U.S. Navy takes over anti-submarine warfare.
1 October 1943 – Colonel Holmes G. Paullin commander
25-26 December 1943 – McGuire downs seven Japanese fighter aircraft over Luzon, Philippines, and earns Medal of Honor for action on these days. 
19 January 1944 – Brigadier General Madison Pearson commander
7 Jan 1945 – McGuire killed when his P-38 crashes over Fabrica aerodrome, Negros Island.
1945 VE Day – first documented open house at the base.
1945 – At war’s end Fort Dix becomes demobilization center processing 1.2 million soldiers back to civilian life. 
26 October 1945 – Major General Leland S. Hobbs commander
1945 – First air base named after McGuire at Mindoro, Philippines
16 March 1946 – Major general Frederick A. Irving commander
7 August 1946 Major General W. W. Eagles commander
1946 August – Maj. Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. receives the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously in citation sighted by President Truman.
1946 – Civil engineers prepare to close the base for mothball status.
1947 – United States Air Force established and air base transferred to Air Force 
15 July 1947 – Fort Dix becomes a Basic Training Center and home of 9th Infantry Division. 
8 April 1948 Major General Arthur A. White commander of Fort Dix
1948 – January 13 – Congress approves the name of McGuire AFB
1948 July – B-29s from 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Wing use McGuire as a staging area for Berlin airlift.
1949 – McGuire’s remains recovered and returned to the United States
17 September 1949 – USAF base at Fort Dix officially renamed McGuire Air Force Base
1 October 1949 – Major General John M. Devine commander.
1 October 1949 – McGuire home to 1st Air Force, Continental Air Command, 52nd Fighter Wing.
17 May 1950 – McGuire buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery
25 June 1950 – Korean War begins, basic training reduced from 14 to 8 weeks. 
1 September 1950 – Major General William K. Harrison commander
1 September 1950 – McGuire AFB transferred to the Eastern Air Defense Force.
1951 December – 141st Fighter Bomber Squadron (108th Fighter Bomber Wing) bring their F-47 Thunderbolts to McGuire.
January 1952 – Major General Roderick R. Allen commander
July 1952 – Major General Homer W. Kiefer commander
31 July 1953 Major General C. E. Ryan commander
1954 July 27 – Activation of 1611th Air Transport Wing commemorated
1954 2 September – 18th Air Transport Squadron performs first ever airlift mission from McGuire – Operation Ice Cube – airlift of dry ice to Boston for hurricane relief.
1954 – 9th Infantry Division assigned to Europe and 69th Infantry Division moves in.
1954 - First C-118 Liftmaster assigned to 18th Air Transport Squadron.
28 February 1955 – Major General John W. Harmony commander
1955 – McGuire Mardi Gras with Duke Ellington, child virtuso Glenn Derringer and actress Cleo Moore.
1955 April – Atlantic Division, Military Air Transport Service HQ (21st AF) relocated to McGuire, becoming the aerial port of embarkation for the eastern USA.
16 September 1955 – Major Robert W. Ward commander
1956 – McGuire chapel constructed.
1956 – Chubby Checker entertains the troops
16 March 1956 – 69th deactivated and Fort Dix renamed U.S. Army Training Center, Infantry
1956 July – C-118 crashes three miles from takeoff in thunderstorm, 46 fatalities, 20 severe injuries, first major accident in McGuire’s history.
1 November 1956 – Majro General Earl C. Bergquist commander
1957 – 1959 – F-102A Delta Daggers with the 339th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at McGuire
1957 – May – Robert Risner commemorates the 40th anniversary of Charles Lindberg’s solo crossing of the Atlantic from McGuire.
20 March 1959 – The Ultimate Weapon statute unveiled – designed and constructed at Fort Dix by soldiers Steven Goodman and Stuart Scheer.
May 1959 – Dick Clark’s American Bandstand host Dick Clark entertains the troops with singer Cathy Linden and Jimmy J. and the J’s on Armed Forces Day.
1959 30 May – Maj. William H. Champion of 539th Fighter Interceptor Squadron becomes the first F-106A pilot to fire an operational Gene missile.
1 September 1959 – Major General Sidney C. Wooten commander at Fort Dix.
1959 – Computer directed unmanned BOMARC anti-missile missiles with nuclear warheads activated and become operational under the 46th Air Defense Missile Squadron.
5 June 1960 – BOMARC anti-missile missile catches fire and two nuclear warheads melt in Broken Arrow event. 
1961 16 March – Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcars arrive for the 514th Troop Carrier Wing.
10 June 1961 - Major General Reuben H. Tucker, III commander at Fort Dix
1 February 1962 – Major General Charles E. Beauchamp commander at Fort Dix
1962 February 17 – C-97s from McGuire deliver dairy cattle to Afghanistan.
3 September 1964 – Fort Dix chapel dedicated
1 May 1966 – Major General John M. Hightower commander at Fort Dix
1966 – WWII 8th Army Air Force General Ira Eaker guest speaker at 19th anniversary of the USAF at McGuire.
1967 – Fort Dix Information Office publishes a History of Fort Dix New Jersey – 50 Years of Service to the Nation 1917-1967
1967 7 August – C-141 Starlifter arrive at McGuire.
2 November 1968 – New York City students picnic at Wrightstown-Fort Dix
5 June 1969 – 250 prisoners in Fort Dix Stockade riot over conditions and torture. 38 were prosecuted and became known as the Fort Dix 38.
1969 – John Levitow, then the lowest ranking airman to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor, stationed at McGuire.
1973 – New brick reception center opened.
1973 – The 21st Air Force moves into big brick building that formerly housed the 462nd Air Defense Wing that operated the Semi-Autonomous ground Environment (SAGE) computer – the first operation digital system with a magnetic memory core that controlled the F-106A and BOMARC missiles.
1973 November – Operation Nickel Grass airlifted supplies and reinforcements to Israel during the Yom Kippur War.
1975 – Operation New Life airlift after fall of Saigon.
1977- President Jimmy Carter visits McGuire.
1978 – First female recruits enter basic training. 
1981 21 May – McGuire receives P-38 to replicate McGuire’s “Pudgy V.”
1982 – Pudgy V – a P-38J with McGuire’s markings and kill flags was hoisted in place on a pedestal at the McGuire gate.
1982 – 10 Stained glass windows installed in the Fort Dix chapel honoring WW I soldiers.
20 May 1982 – Last train to Fort Dix ends rail service that began in 1917.
1983 – The first all-women crew to complete a transatlantic mission received special praise from President Ronald Reagan.
1983 October – Operation Urgent Fury – Grenada rescue mission.
1985 – Fort Dix Headquarters renamed Sharp Hall in honor of Gen. Richard Sharp
1987 – USAF Security Police Air Base Ground Defense School moved from Camp Bullis Texas 
1988 – Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommends ending basic and advanced individual training at Fort Dix.
17 August 1990 – A new The Ultimate Weapons statute constructed of bronze replaces original
1990 – Around the clock operations begin mobilizing and deploying troops for Desert Shield and Desert Storm. 
1991 – January - Kuwaiti civilians trained in basic military skills 
1991 – March – Combat operations cease and Operation Desert Calm
1991 – March – Bob Hope, Connie Stevens, Lee Greenwood and Barbara Eden entertain the troops at McGuire.
1991 – May – Operation Provide Comfort – fly aide to Kurd refugees in Turkey and Iraq.
1991 – Active Army training mission ends. 
1992 – Military Airlift Command combined with the tanker forces of the former Strategic Air Command become the Air Mobility Command, assigning KC-10A Extenders
1992 – Air National Guard 170th Refueling Group merged with the 108th Fighter Wing to become the 108th Air Refueling Wing (141st / 150th ARS) fly KC-135E.
1992 – Fort Dix begins mobilizing, deploying and demobilizing soldiers and providing training areas for Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers
1992 – December – McGuire supports Operation Restore Hope in Egypt and Mogadshu, Somala.
1992 – Reception center that opened in 1973 transferred to Air Force as Air Mobility Warfare Center.
1992 – Department of Defense Police replace military police
1992 – US Department of Justice – Bureau of Prisons opens a federal prison 
1993 – July Air Mobility Wing base – 24 McDonald Douglas KC-10 Extenders arrive.
1993 – Somalia 
1993 – December – Fort Dix Army Reserve Base named Air Mobility Warfare Center (AMWC).
1994 – June - AMWC opens.
1994 – September – C-12 Huron aircraft arrive.
1994 1 October – 305th Air Refueling “Can Do” Wing relocates to McGuire.
1995 – Bosnia 
1995 September – 335th Military Airlift Squadron flies the C-141B for the last time at McGuire.
1995 – October – Personnel and aircraft from McGuire deployed to Germany and Balkins in support of Operation Joint Endeavor for Bosnia-Herzegovina peace initiative.
1995 – Telephone switchboard, installed in 1936 replaced with fiber optic system. 
1998 – Hurricane George relief in Central America and Caribbean  
1999 – Albanian, Kosovo refugees resettled. 
August 2000 – Range 65 tank training area opens. Bryant Range named after Larry Bryant
2000 8 November – Airman first class John Levitow, Congressional Medal of Honor, dies.
2001 11 September – Tanker aircraft from McGuire transitioned from training mission to emergency support mission in midair, with no modern precedent.
2002 1 March – Brig. Gen. Teresa Mame Peterson becomes the first women to command the base and 305th AMW.
2005 – Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst – JBMDL Established 
2007 – A memorial to McGuire placed at his fatal crash site on Negros Island by former fighter pilot David Mason 
2010 – Census 7,716 people living in 784 households with 590 families residing in CDP
2016 – Cassidy and Associates issue report on the future of the base and the state of NJ grant them another contract to continue their work. 
2016 – DOD and USAF Recommend JBMDL as one of the bases for new air refueling tankers.
2017 – JBMDL Tankers refuel B2 bombers that attack ISIS bases in Libyan desert.
July - 2017 – 100th Anniversary of Camp Dix-JBMDL