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United States Air Force
Huntingdon Cambridgeshire United Kingdom PE28 4DA
The United Kingdom is a high cost of living area for the military. Personnel should be prepared to defray added expenses not normally found in the States, i.e., television license, road tax, and transportation of any pets. DOD civilians and contractors should work with their human resources and or Sponsor to ensure accurate information on health care availability / costs incurred / and taxes.
Defense Service Network Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the DOD. Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a U.S. installation to another U.S. installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial 719-567-1110. Please note that long-distance charges may be incurred.
DSN prefix is 314-268-XXXX. The 314 indicates the DSN phone system in Europe. All commercial dialing in this file is listed with the international dialing numbers when dialing from the U.S. to the U.K. (hence the 011-44- prefix, which is the international code dialing from the U.S. to the U.K.). When dialing within the U.K., drop the 011-44 designators and add a 0. For example: 011-44-1480-843557 from the U.S. becomes 01480-843557 within the U.K.
Passports and Visas
Military dependents must have valid no-fee passports, PCS orders, and dependent identification cards to enter the U.K. Effective May 30, 2015, dependents of military members assigned to the U.K. do not have to apply for a visa before PCS unless they are nationals of nations on the U.K. visa nationals list. Visas and no-fee passports are not required for military members. Military members accompanied by dependents on their tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visa in hand for their dependents. DOD civilian employees and their dependents must have no-fee passports and a five-year visa (if staying in country for more than six months) prior to arrival in country. DOD-sponsored contractors and their dependents must have passports and visas reflecting their contract terms. Please use the following websites for more passport and visa information:
These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. Therefore, as a last reiteration, it is essential members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
You are also encouraged to obtain fee passports (tourist) because the no-fee passports will not allow entry into some European countries. To travel freely within Europe, you and each family member should obtain a tourist passport at your own expense.
You can apply for a tourist passport before or after your arrival. If you apply after you receive a no-fee passport, you can use the no-fee passport as proof of citizenship; however, you may not be able to travel as freely initially.
In order for pets to travel to the U.K. with little or no quarantine, certain procedures must be followed. Specifics can be obtained from the U.K. government website or local military veterinarian. It is advised to check the website on a regular basis as the procedure sometimes changes. Pet travel is the responsibility of the military member. The Travel Management Office will make reservations for pets on commercial flights; however, they cannot guarantee that the pet will fly. Only the airline can make that determination (based on space availability and weather). All expenses incurred are the responsibility of the member. Members are advised to confirm expenses for pet travel once reservations are made. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact TMO Passenger Travel at your current location.
RAF Alconbury Child Development Center provides services for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Children must be registered prior to admission and all immunizations will be verified. If you have any questions, please see the Child and Youth section of this site or call 011-44-1480-843527 or 314-268-3527.
The 501st Combat Support Wing provides world-class combat support to enable intelligence, communications and global strike operations. The diverse mission portfolio of the 501st CSW includes the maintenance and operation of a bomber forward operating location; theater munitions movements and storage capabilities, global command and control communications capabilities to three combatant commanders, a communications access site, and support for theater intelligence operations. Supporting mission partners from the NATO Joint Warfare Centre at Stavanger, U.S. European Command, U.S. Africa Command and NATO intelligence analysis units at RAF Molesworth, and Air Force Global Strike Command at RAF Fairford and RAF Welford, the wing provides support to nearly 70 different U.S. military and government agencies throughout the United Kingdom and Norway.
RAF Alconbury began as a satellite base for nearby RAF Wyton during the early days of World War II. The first American unit at Alconbury was the 93d Bombardment Group and its B-24 Liberators. The 93d BG flew Eighth Air Force's first operational B-24 mission to the continent, attacking the Lille Steelworks in Belgium. The major unit from 1942 to 1945 was the 482d Bomb Group, part of the famous Pathfinders.
In May 2005, the 423d realigned and became the 423d Air Base Group with a new parent wing formed at the same time, the 501st Combat Support Wing at RAF Mildenhall. At the same time, four squadrons formed under the 423d - services, civil engineer, air base and security forces squadrons. A fifth - 423d Medical Squadron - was formed in January 2007. In May 2007, the 501st CSW moved to RAF Alconbury.
The U.S. European Command Joint Analysis Center began operations at RAF Molesworth in October 1991, and the 423d Air Base Squadron activated in July 1995.
For more detailed history of the bases, visit 501 homepage.
We are a joint-services base with a military population of approximately 6,000 including family members.
East Anglia is made up of the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. The region has a population of 5.4 million.
RAF Alconbury / RAF Molesworth is a joint-services base consisting of active duty military, DoD civilians, contractors, reservists, including geographically separated units.
RAF Alconbury is located in the village of Great Stukeley, Cambridgeshire, East Anglia region of the United Kingdom. Nearby villages include Little Stukeley, Brampton and Alconbury Weston, nearby cities include Huntingdon, Peterborough and Cambridge. RAF Molesworth is located 14 miles west of RAF Alconbury and 11 miles northwest of Huntingdon.
The two main airports to fly into are Heathrow and Gatwick. If arriving from the European continent you can also fly into Stansted.
Pet Pick-up is located at the airport’s Animal Reception Center. Prior to shipping your pet, please refer to the DAERA website on a regular basis as rules, regulations, and/or procedures may have changed. Information for pet travel following Brexit (October 31,2019) *******All updates about pets coming into the UK are on this website****** https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit
RAF Alconbury is west of the city of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire. We are located in the mid section of England. The nearest East/West divided highway (dual carriage way) is the A-14. The nearest North/South highway is the A-1. We are approximately 60 miles north of London.
If you arrive commercially and have not pre-arranged transportation (See Below). Temporary Lodging at the Brittania Inn is located at RAF Alconbury. Lodging reservations can be made by calling the Lodging Office, 011-44-1480-82-6000 or DSN 314-268-6000. A credit card confirmation will be required.
Post Codes in the UK
The postal code system in the UK can pinpoint a location precisely and is therefore used for accurate information about location. You can put this information into Google Maps, WAZE or a GPS. The system is made up of a series of 5, 6 or 7 letters and numbers. The post code for RAF Alconbury is PE28 4DA and the postcode for RAF Molesworth is PE28 0QB.
Your sponsor can assist you in arranging a courier service in advance to meet you at the airport and bring you to lodging. You will be responsible for payment to the courier driver. You will be reimbursed when you file your travel voucher. This is especially helpful when traveling with family members.
RAF Alconbury by Car- Temporary Lodging is located at RAF Alconbury
The postal code system in the UK can pinpoint a location precisely and is therefore used for accurate information and location. You can put this information into Google Maps or a GPS. The system is made up a series of 5, 6 or 7 letter and numbers. The post code for RAF Alconbury is PE28 4DA and the postcode for RAF Molesworth is PE28 0QB.
Heathrow Airport to RAF Alconbury
Follow the above directions but when you exit from the A-14, you will head towards Huntingdon, which is the right exit (3/4 of the way around the roundabout). Go straight through the next two roundabouts. You will come to a very large round-about. Go straight towards Huntingdon, which is also the A-141. Upon exiting, on to the A-141 stay in the left lane (about 1 mile) which will merge on to a slip road, (instead of dead ending into a roundabout). Driving this slip road about 2 1/2 miles, once past Little Stukeley there will be a brown sign saying RAF Alconbury, make a right turn, this is the entrance to RAF Alconbury where Lodging is located.
Gatwick Airport to RAF Alconbury
Follow the above directions but when you exit from the A-14, you will actually stay in the lane marked A-141 Huntingdon (far right-hand lane of exit which is the right exit 3/4 of the way around the roundabout). Exit on to the A-141 and move into the left-hand lane. Once on the A-141 stay in the left lane (about 1/2 mile) which will merge on to a slip road, (instead of dead ending into a roundabout). Driving this slip road about 2 1/2 miles, once past Little Stukeley there will be a brown sign saying RAF Alconbury, make a right turn, this is the entrance to RAF Alconbury where Lodging is located.
Please contact the TMO office for complete instructions. Send FAX to DSN 268-3975. Cover sheet should include flight info, name, destination, arrival time, names (sponsor) and names (family), traveling. The second sheet should be a copy of orders. It is a good idea to call and verify arrival of FAX.
Take the train from the airport to Victoria rail (train) station when arriving at Gatwick. From there you will take the Victoria tube line (underground subway) to Kings Cross rail station. (Directions from Kings Cross to RAF Alconbury are below)
Take the Piccadilly tube line (underground subway) to Kings Cross rail station.
At Kings Cross, go upstairs to the main departure area to check the departures/platform board. You are looking for the train to Peterborough, with a stop in Huntingdon, on the WAGN train line.
You may purchase tickets at the ticketing area on your left if you are looking at the departure schedules.
You will board the train for Peterborough -- make sure that the train stops at Huntingdon by checking the departures board -- occasionally trains are express only to Peterborough and do not stop in Huntingdon. If you have any questions, ask a guard or "Station Master" for help.
At Huntingdon, you can catch a taxi to RAF Alconbury, which is about 5 miles north.
Do not wear your uniform when traveling by commercial or military aircraft.
Stansted Airport to RAF Alconbury
Follow the signs for the M-11 motorway towards Cambridge. As you pass Cambridge, the M-11 will merge into the A-14. As the road merges, follow the signs guiding you towards Huntingdon, not to Newmarket, which will keep you in the proper lane that merges into the A-14 West. Travel the A-14 about 13 miles west toward Huntingdon/Peterborough. As you approach Huntingdon, you will have to exit to the left to stay on the westbound A-14 towards Huntingdon (Alconbury). When you make this exit you will stay in the lane marked A-141 Huntingdon (far right-hand lane of exit which is the right exit 3/4 of the way around the roundabout). Exit on to the A-141 and move into the left-hand lane. Once on the A-141, stay in the left lane (about a mile) which will merge on to a slip road, instead of dead ending into a roundabout. Drive this slip road about 2 Driving this slip road about 2 1/2 miles, once past Little Stukeley there will be a brown sign saying RAF Alconbury, make a right turn, this is the entrance to RAF Alconbury where Lodging is located.
Please know that you will need British money (pounds) to travel on the train or for anything else; i.e., soda, food, phone (the train and some places also accept credit or debit cards). To prevent any rejection of your credit cards, you may want to let your US bank know that you will be traveling and will be accessing your debit/charge card in the UK. There is a Bureau of Change at the airport. ATMs are at the airport and major rail stations only- (there is not one at the Huntingdon train station). The train cost is approximately 20 pounds per adult and 10 pounds per child. Children under 5 years of age travel free and children between 5 and 15 years of age pay half price. The Taxi should cost approximately 8 pounds.
Arriving from Europe or the United States by Commercial Air
Please contact the TMO office for complete instructions. Send FAX to DSN 314-268-3975. Cover sheet should include flight info, name, destination, arrival time, names (sponsor) and names (family), traveling. The second sheet should be copy of orders. It is a good idea to call and verify arrival of FAX.
The base operator number is DSN 314-268-1110 or COMM 011-44-1480-84-1110.