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United States Air Force
Northamptonshire United Kingdom NN13 5XP
The United Kingdom is a high cost of living area for the military, so you should prepare and start saving for the move months before you PCS. To help offset the higher price of non-housing goods and services, you will receive an Overseas Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). To find more information about COLA, visit the Defense Travel Management Office website http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/colaIndexCalc.cfm. Remember that in securing rental housing at a new location, you may be required to pay the first month's rent (which can range from 500 pounds to 2,500 pounds) in advance and also a security deposit equivalent to a month's rent, which is a major expense. Personnel should also be prepared to defray added expenses not normally found in the States, i.e., television license (annual cost is approximately 150 pounds), and vehicle road tax which can vary significantly depending on vehicle type and engine size.
RAF Welford is approximately 46 miles south of RAF Croughton and is home to the 420th Munitions squadron (420MUNS).The 420th Munitions Squadron provides rapid war reserve materiel munitions movement capability and performs routine munitions stockpile maintenance at USAFE’s 2nd largest munitions storage facility. Any personnel assigned to this base will use RAF Croughton for all of their available services. If you have any questions or needs, please contact the RAF Croughton Airman & Family Readiness at DSN 314-236-8158 or 011-44-1280-70-8158 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAF Fairford, is approximately 47 miles southwest from RAF Croughton and home to the 420th Air Base Squadron (420ABS).The 420th Air Base Squadron provides unparalleled mission support to receive, bed down and sustain deployed forces to enable US and NATO warfighters to conduct a full spectrum of flying operations from RAF Fairford, USAFE's only bomber Forward Operating Location. RAF Fairford has been used by the U.S. Air Force nearly continuously since it was first built for D-Day operations in 1944. In the coming years, the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron and 488th Intelligence Squadron will relocate the RC-135 RIVET JOINT mission from RAF Mildenhall to RAF Fairford as part of the European Infrastructure Consolidation. Any personnel assigned to this base will use RAF Croughton for their services. If you have any questions or needs, please contact the RAF Croughton Airman & Family Readiness at DSN 314-236-8158 or 011-44-1280-70-8158 or email@example.com.
RAF Croughton is home to the 422nd Air Base Group (ABG).The 422nd Air Base Group, headquarters at RAF Croughton, develops combat-ready professional Airmen, delivers worldwide communications, enables global strike operations, and supports mission partners. The group is composed of seven squadrons: the 422nd Air Base Squadron, 422nd Civil Engineer Squadron, 422nd Communications Squadron, 422nd Medical Squadron and 422nd Security Forces Squadron, all based at RAF Croughton, the 420th Munitions Squadron operating at RAF Welford, and the 420th Air Base Squadron based at RAF Fairford. The 422ABG provides command, control, communications, and computer support to Department of Defense and civilian agencies across the European theater, as well as base-level functions and services.
Welcome to RAF Croughton, England, United Kingdom. RAF Croughton is located near Brackley, within the county of Northamptonshire, just 20 miles north of Oxford and 70 miles northwest of London. RAF Croughton is a warm and friendly base, close to major road and rail links for extensive travel opportunities both in the UK and on the European continent. There is plenty to do, much to see, and lots to experience.