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Blue Angels will loop back to joint base for 2020 show

After a near two-decade absence, the Blue Angels Squadron will return to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in 2020.

JOINT BASE McGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST — After a near two-decade absence, the Blue Angels Squadron will return to the joint base in 2020.

The Angels, formally known as the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, will perform for attendees during the base’s next Power in the Pines open house and air show after last performing at the installation 15 years ago, officials announced Tuesday.

In 2009, McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst became the nation’s first tri-service military base after McGuire Air Force Base, Fort Dix and Naval Engineering Station Lakehurst merged to form a single unit.

Power in the Pines, a biannual event, has over the last several years drawn thousands to the base to learn about the past and present of the United States military through tours and flight performances. Attendees in May were treated to performances by the U.S. Air Force F-22 Demo Team, skydivers from the U.S. Army Golden Knights, and other military and civilian acts.

The Angels will be added to a performance lineup of pilots from across all five branches of the military, and base officials said the returning Squadron represents in particular the “professionalism, excellence and teamwork found in all Navy and Marine Corps units,” from which its fliers hail.

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