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Secretary of the Air Force, Barbara Barrett, visiting Mildenhall Secretary of the Air Force, Barbara Barrett, visiting RAF Mildenhall in February, 2020. US Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Milano

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US Air Force stay at Mildenhall extended to 2027

The base, originally due to close in 2023, will remain operational until at least 2027

Published on February 21, 2020

It has been confirmed this week that the US Air Force's tenure at RAF Mildenhall will be extended through to 2027. The Air Force had previously scheduled Mildenhall for closure in 2023, but in a recent statement by US Air Force spokesman Captain Lauren Ott, it has been announced that "The estimated divestiture date of RAF Mildenhall is no earlier than 2027".

As reported by the East Anglian Daily Times, Captain Ott went on to explain that "It is to do with co-ordination with the various host nations involved. A lot of the aircraft currently at Mildenhall are scheduled to go to Germany and it is about establishing the necessary infrastructure ... Sometimes those preparations can take longer than anticipated".

The announcement comes not long after Secretary of the Air Force, Barbara Barrett, visited the base. Secretary Barrett toured the base on February 13, and spoke with members of the Air Force working at Mildenhall and their families. Discussing the visit, Secretary Barrett commented that "This is a key base for the United States, and a key opportunity for us to work well with our allies and partners ... It’s terrific to see the joint work that our Airmen are doing with the leadership from the United Kingdom and working from here on missions from many geographical locations."

Barrett also said that "I’d like to add my great appreciation for the men and women I’ve had the privilege to interact with ... From the extraordinarily innovative training, to the maintenance teams who have done great things, to the selfless operators who are flying in the aircraft. It’s wonderful to see how well this base is operating."

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