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RC-135 RIVET JOINT to relocate to RAF Fairford

Release Number: 18-11-01

RAF ALCONBURY, United Kingdom -- The U.S. Air Force’s 95th Reconnaissance Squadron and 488th Intelligence Squadron will relocate its RC-135 RIVET JOINT mission from RAF Mildenhall to RAF Fairford as part of the European Infrastructure Consolidation.

Approximately 530 military personnel and 740 family members will move to the areas around RAF Fairford. The relocation enables U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa to reduce excess capacity without any loss of operational capabilities.

The move is expected to begin in 2023 and be complete by 2024.

All RC-135s are permanently assigned to the 55th Wing, Air Combat Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. They will use RAF Fairford as a Forward Operating Location and will deploy as required from the U.S. as they currently do at RAF Mildenhall. The 95th RS and 488th IS provide intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination capabilities.

For more information on the RC-135, please visit the Air Force’s fact sheet here: https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104608/rc-135vw-rivet-joint/.

For more information, please contact the 501st Combat Support Wing Public Affairs office at 1480 823 857 or 501csw.pa@us.af.mil.

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