Joint Base MDL (Fort Dix) FAQ

Installation Info: Zip Code: 08640, Area Code: 609, DSN: 944

Since October 1977, when it transferred from Forces Command to the U.S. Army Reserve Command, Fort Dix has become a major training and mobilization center for Reserve Component soldiers - the Army Reserve and National Guard.

The fort is named to honor Maj. Gen. John Adams Dix, a veteran of the War of 1812 and the Civil War who in his public career wore many hats as a U.S. senator, Treasury secretary, minister to France and governor of New York. Construction began in 1917 on Fort Dix. Fort Dix is about 17 miles southeast of Trenton, New Jersey's capital. Fort Dix shares a fence line with McGuire Air Force Base and the Naval Engineering Station in Lakehurst, NJ. Base housing is limited, with off-base housing usually 20 to 30 minutes away. The area's cost of living is high. Children attend local schools off the base.

Fort Dix is in southern New Jersey in a rural agricultural area, the least densely populated part of the state. Unlike the urban areas of New Jersey, there is little pollution, no traffic and very little crime. Fort Dix has easy access to the New Jersey Turnpike, Interstate 295, and the metro areas of New York and Philadelphia.