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#1 Patchcollector

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 03:23 PM

Hi all,

Wow.I was surprised to see this news:

 

The U.S. Air Force is shutting down operations at three Royal Air Force bases in England as part of an effort to downsize infrastructure across the European theater, the Defense Department announced Thursday.

 

Forces from RAF Mildenhall — which provides aerial refueling to U.S. and allied aircraft over three continents and is also home to the 352nd Special Operations Group — will relocate to bases in Germany, as well as RAF Lakenheath, the Defense Department said. The base has 3,900 personnel.

In addition to Mildenhall, USAF operations at RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth will close and move to RAF Croughton.

The closures as well as 14 other installation consolidations come as a result of the European Infrastructure Consolidation review, which will save $500 million annually, according to a Defense Department release.

Mildenhall will move 15 KC-135 aircraft and approximately 700 associated personnel to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Capt. Sybil Taunton, spokeswoman for U.S. Air Forces in Europe, said in an email to Air Force Times.

 

The 352nd Special Operations Group, including CV-22 and MC-130 aircraft and associated personnel, will move to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Taunton said.

"The U.K. remains an essential location for forward-based and ready forces," Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, said in a release. "Our close relationship with the U.K. government and integrated missions with U.K. forces remain integral to USAFE's ability to execute successful missions in support of our NATO Allies."

Headquarters USAFE-UK will move from Mildenhall to Lakenheath, and divesting 3,200 people from Mildenhall will be offset by the addition of 1,200 personnel at Lakenheath, the release said.

The divestment is also projected to eliminate approximately 1,300 military, civilian and local national positions, USAFE said.

 

Roughly 2,600 personnel are projected to be relocated as a result of the consolidations.

The Air Force estimates it will save $125 million annually, primarily in infrastructure maintenance costs and facility upgrades, USAFE said.

 

The Defense Department aims to realign missions from the consolidation within seven years.

 

Here is a link to the site where I found the info:

 

http://www.airforcet...rmany/21437095/



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Posted 01 November 2015 - 03:43 PM

This was actually from January 2015 - is it still going ahead?



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Posted 01 November 2015 - 03:51 PM

Yeah, this is kinda old news.  I was stunned to see Mildenhall close.  After being stationed there for 7 years with the 352nd, It tears my soul to see it close.   Going to work everyday and seeing the WWII Fairmile C hangers across the runway always put a smile on my face.  Knowing that I was walking on a flighline that once had Stirlings, Wellingtons and Lancasters trumbling by made me literally giggle like a little girl.  That is a hell of a lot of history for this WWII airplane buff in me to take!

 

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Edited by Teamski, 01 November 2015 - 03:52 PM.


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Posted 01 November 2015 - 04:00 PM

This was actually from January 2015 - is it still going ahead?

 

Yes you are correct,I did'nt check the date on the article. :blush: It is still news to me as I had'nt seen it originally.I've spent some time at Mildenhall and Lakenheath and they are both great bases situated in a nice section of England.As Ski stated,lot's of history for Af types to take in.



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Posted 01 November 2015 - 04:09 PM

Will it be more effective against Mr Putler's air provocations over Europe?



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Posted 08 January 2016 - 12:43 PM

The sad thing is that $125m saved annually comes to roughly one half the value of a single F-35......

 

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