At least 500 US Air Force (USAF) personnel and their relatives will relocate to RAF Fairford by 2023 in a move expected to contribute millions of pounds to the local economy.
According to the Ministry of Defence, (MOD) the two squadrons from RAF Mildenhall will relocate to the Gloucestershire base in a five-year period. The Ministry said the move will bring “substantial” financial benefits to the town and other surrounding areas as it expects at least 1,200 people to move into the area.
The Clifton-Brown MP Sir Geoffrey welcomed the information, saying it will add value to the locals.
“I am delighted that the Ministry of Defence has made the excellent decision to relocate US personnel to RAF Fairford.
“The presence of over 1,200 personnel and dependents to the area will bring substantial financial benefits to the local economy and our local community.
“I look forward to welcoming all incoming personnel to the Cotswolds and I hope this represents a continuation of our long-lasting and deep military cooperation with our American allies.”
Estimates from the USAF show the Mildenhall base has about £230.73m local economy impact.
From RAF Fairford, the USAF personnel – part of the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron and the 488th Intelligence Squadron – will offer support to the RC-135 surveillance aircraft.
The relocation is expected to contribute massively to the growth of the area. The base boasts of the world’s largest military air show – the Royal International Air Tattoo every July.