JOINT BASE McGEAR-DIX-LAKHERST – Liberty Village descends.

Workers began dismantling temporary structures that were built last year to accommodate the influx of evacuees from Afghanistan.

The McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Joint Base became home to about 13,000 Afghans during the resettlement project. The evacuees began arriving in late August, after their country was subordinated to the Taliban.

The military set up a tent camp on the former 24.6-acre site at Fort Dix. The complex offered its residents a range of services, including medical, dining and sports facilities, classrooms and even a beauty salon.

The database noted the ongoing work in a short message on its Facebook page.

The photos with the message and the military website show contractors removing the interior walls, folding carpets and removing significant tent structures.

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Contractors are filming temporary structures in Liberty Village at the McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Joint Base pictured on February 10, 2022.

A Facebook post said the base “continues to help Afghan guests move to the United States.”

But it did not provide details on the current number of Afghan evacuees or whether they will remain at the base after the temporary structures are removed.

“Memories and connections created here will be preserved for a lifetime with the Afghan people, as well as with participants in military service,” the statement added.

The Air Force representative did not receive additional information immediately.

This story can be updated.

Jim Walsh covers state security, economic development and other articles for the Courier-Post, Burlington County Times and The Daily Journal.

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