Restoration Advisory Board


A Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) is a stakeholder group that meets on a regular basis to discuss environmental restoration at a specific property that is either currently or formerly owned by the Department of Defense.   RABs enable people interested in environmental cleanup to exchange information with representatives of regulatory agencies, the installation, and the community.  While the general public can comment on the environmental program, RABs offer a focused and interactive opportunity to participate in the environmental restoration process.

On October 1, 2009, JB MDL was formed via the combination of McGuire Air Force Base, Fort Dix, and Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, with the U.S. Air Force as the host command for operations, including environmental programs.  Prior to becoming JB MDL, each base had a separate RAB or Technical Review Committee and held separate meetings.  One joint RAB now exists for JB MDL. 


RAB Operating Procedures

Click the link below to view the RAB's Operating Procedures.

Operating Procedures


RAB Meetings

The JB MDL currently meets quarterly, usually a Thursday night, at the Edward Holloway Senior Citizen and Community Center, Cookstown.  Meetings are advertised in the Asbury Park Press and Burlington County Times. The tentative date for the next meeting is August 16, 2018, 6:30 p.m.  

RAB Meeting DateAgendaMinutes – Posted When Final (after approval by Board at following meeting)PresentationsNewspaper Notices
2/22/20182/22/2018 Agenda 2/22/2018 Presentations2/22/2018 Notices
11/16/201711/16/2017 Agenda11/16/2017 Minutes11/16/2017 Presentations 11/16/2017 Notices
7/19/20177/19/2017 Agenda 7/19/2017 Minutes7/19/2017 Presentations7/19/2017 Notices
3/16/20173/16/2017 Agenda3/16/17 Minutes3/16/2017 Presentations3/16/2017 Notices
12/8/201612/8/16 Agenda12/8/16 Minutes12/8/16 Presentations12/8/16 Notices


Current Membership

Following is a list of current RAB members and their affiliation.

Col Aaron Altwies, JB MDL, DoD Co-Chair

Mr. Michael Tamn, Community Co-Chair

Mr. Christoper Archer, JB MDL

Mr. Curtis Frye, JB MDL ISS, AFCEC

Ms. Nicole Brestle, JB MDL ISS, AFCEC

Mr. Doug Pocze, EPA

Ms. Carla Struble, EPA

Ms. Robyn Henderek, EPA

Mr. Phil Cole, NJDEP

Mr. Haiyesh Shah, NJDEP

Ms. Donna Gaffigan, NJDEP

Mr. Ralph Rodrigues, NJDEP

Mr. Thomas Besselman, Jr., Community Member

Mr. Matt Csik, Ocean County

Mr. Albert Hopkins, Community Member

Mr. Rich Bizub, Pinelands Preservation Alliance

Mr. Frank Storm, Community Member

Ms. Branwen Ellis, NJ Pinelands Commission



 Mr. King Mak

Mr. Michael Figura

Mr. James Richman (contractor)

Ms. Erin Laux (contractor)


Membership Application

If you are interested in applying to be a member of the RAB, click below for a membership application.

Membership Application


Meeting Updates

If you are interested in receiving notices about future RAB meetings, fill out the Subscribe for Updates form on the Home page.