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US Air bases’ RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall surivive first review phase

PUBLISHED: 13:06 19 June 2014

An F-15 taking off at RAF Lakenheath

An F-15 taking off at RAF Lakenheath

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The future of two US Air Force bases looks to be secure for the time being after the first phase of a review resolved to keep them

open.

RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall have survived in the first phase of the US Department of Defense’s European Infrastructure Consolidation (EIC) review.

The base warned yesterday there could still be cuts as the review continued.

The project will see $60m of annual savings delivered, with the closure of a redundant ammunition storage at RAF Mildenhall among the affected facilities.

Fifteen housing units at RAF Feltwell will also be discarded.

A spokesman for RAF Mildenhall said the option for further closures or cuts was still open.

“These closures are the first under the larger EIC umbrella.

“It is unclear if the study will identify additional areas for consolidation and savings, and it is premature to discuss specifics until the process is complete.

“It is very important that our communities understand that the EIC process is still ongoing, and there is still potential for changes to be made to U.S. facilities at RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall in the future.”

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