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2. AIR / USAFE / RAF Mildenhall

Last modified: 14 Jun 2022

Country: United States    Region: Overseas

Locale: UK

Latitude: 52° 21' 0" N     Longitude: 0° 28' 59" E

Area use / Military Branches: ACTIVE


52°21'37"N 0°28'26"E USAFE RAF Mildenhall Activated 1934 and a bomberbase during WW2. Closed from 1945-1950 and reactivated as a Srategic Air Cmd (SAC) station for USAF longrange bombers on TDY (1953 - 1958). Over to USAF in Europe (USAFE) in 1959 until present day, In 2000 declassified documents confirmed storage of 25 hydrogen bombs used in Reflex ops (1953-1958) at grid 52°23'4"N 0°28'46"E

Current status: active with
- USAFE 100th Air Refueling (host) Wing. Activated 1992. Plans, intell support, schedules and executes USAFE’s air refueling ops across Europe and Africa. with 15 KC-135 Stratotankers in support of multi-service, allied and coalition receiver aircraft flying training, exercise and contingency missions. The unit serves as an Air Expeditionary Group with a minimum of 3 squadrons and maintains and operates the only 24-hour USAFE base in the UK.
-- 100th Maintenance Group,
-- 100th Mission Support Group
-- 100th Operations Group with 351st Air Refueling Squadron with KC-135R Stratotanker

- AFSOC / 352d Special Operations Wing / Joint SpecOps Air Component-Europe operating C-130J Commando II and CV-22 Osprey
-- Detachment 2, 25th Intelligence Squadron.

- 727 Air Mobility Squadron Det.from Ramstein AB
Former plans to close RAF Mildenhall by 2024 have been scrapped due to the current political worldsituation

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