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RAF Alconbury / RAF Molesworth

Welcome to the RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth community!

Alconbury and Molesworth are located outside the town of Huntingdon, roughly 30 minutes northwest of Cambridge, in the county of Cambridgeshire.

RAF Alconbury hosts the headquarters of the 501st Combat Support Wing and the 423rd Air Base Group, as well as the 423rd Civil Engineer Squadron, 423rd Security Forces Squadron, 423rd Communications Squadron, 423rd Medical Squadron, 423rd Force Support Squadron, and various base support functions.

RAF Molesworth is home to several mission partners and tenant units including, the Joint Intelligence Operations Center Europe (JIOCEUR) Analytic Center (JAC), the NATO Intelligence Fusion Center, AFRICOM J2-M, and various functions of the 423rd Air Base Group.

Pets

Pets are a wonderful way to add brightness to your day, and to help relieve stress. Often, they are our best friends and fondest companions. However, because of the United Kingdom's unique geographical situation, the UK government has strict requirements on pet travel and relocation. Vaccination laws are different from those in the U.S. and transporting your pet will be costly. For some tips on what to do to ensure your pet arrives safely click here.

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Flights / Transportation

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Inprocessing Procedures

 Movement of Government Owned Firearms from, to and within the United Kingdom

 Military members, DoD civilians and units who travel and/or transport government owned firearms in, out and within the  United Kingdom for TDY, Exercises, deployment or redeployment purposes, must submit an official notification to USAFE-  UK/A4 no later than 72 hrs prior to movement for proper coordination between MDP and local constabularies. This  requirement applies to anyone traveling with firearms through air, sea and rail ports of embarkation and debarkation. The  official form can be obtained by emailing usafe-uk.a4@us.af.mil and must be submitted by the Unit’s Deployment Manager.

Vehicles

Reliable transportation is key to settling into a new base. The United Kingdom's vehicle laws differ slightly from U.S. laws but in most cases will not prevent you from shipping and driving your U.S. spec vehicle. Modifications to your headlamps, modifications to your fog lights, and passing a Ministry of Transport (MOT) test of your vehicle's safety are the usual actions required to legally drive your vehicle in the U.K.

U.K. Vehicle Registration
All vehicle registration is handled at the Pass & Registration office on RAF Molesworth. To register a U.K. vehicle on base, bring the vehicle's V5C document, which you should receive directly from the vehicle's previous owner. Additionally, you should bring your 3rd Air Force driver's license, which you will receive during your newcomer's briefing. You will also need your civilian driver’s license and MOT certificate.

Non-U.K. Vehicle Registration
For the registration of a vehicle from outside the U.K., bring your original title or registration certificate, your MOT certificate, and your Customs & Excise Form 941, which you will receive from Pass & Registration prior to collecting your vehicle from the Mildenhall VPC.

For more information click here.

Driving in the UK

All UK Driver Theory Tests are be proctored, under the supervision of the 501 CSW Safety Office.

For RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth administered personnel, UK Theory Testing will be held in the RAF Alconbury Community Activity Center (CAC), Bldg. 685.  Testing will be held every Wednesday. 

Testing will promptly start at 0830 and attendees will need to be in place by 0820 hours for administrative purposes.  No one will be admitted to testing after 0820.  The test will last a maximum of 60 minutes.  Attendees are required to accomplish a pass mark of 86% (43 out of 50).  Those failing to achieve the pass mark will be required to attend the next test session – there will be no opportunity to retake the test on the same day.

In addition to the UK Theory Test, all personnel are also required to attend a Local Conditions Briefing (LCC II) IAW AFI 91-207.  Currently, these briefings are held:

RAF Alconbury:  Every Thursday@ 0830, RAFA Community Activity Center, Bldg. 685 (OPR A&FRC)

Note: Local Conditions Briefings are not designed to train individuals to pass the Theory Test.  The briefings offer guidance on driving within the UK, road conditions, and other hazards to be expected within the areas surrounding 501 CSW locations.

Sponsors of inbound personnel should ensure new members and their dependents are made aware of these requirements and provided information on where to find the UK Highway Code https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code and the UK Theory Test practice tests: https://www.gov.uk/take-practice-theory-test  This website is updated by the UK government as changes to the UK Highway Code are made. 

OPR for Driver Theory Testing and LCC II is 501 CSW/SE.  Contact details are:

RAF Alconbury

  • DSN 268-3147 or 268-3635
  • Commercial 01480 843635/843147

Sponsorship Info

Prior to joining the RAF Alconbury / Molesworth community it is important that you make contact with a sponsor at your gaining unit to ensure a smooth transition, and a quick adjustment to your new surroundings. below is some information that will be useful both to you and your sponsor.

Post Office Box:

Your sponsor can assist you getting a mailbox setup prior to your arrival, or if you wish to secure one yourself you can send an email to 423fss.fsxp@us.af.mil

Once you are set up with a mailbox, you can enroll in the Parcel Notification System, which provides live tracking from sender to precise facility location. To avoid frequent trips to the post office, email confirmation helps to ensure you arrive at the post office when your package arrives.         

To enroll in this system, you will need to provide:

  • First and last name (to include maiden or other authorized names)
  • Receptacle number
  • Email (.mil or civ)

Post Office Contact Information

  • RAF Alconbury APO 268-3539
  • Mailing out and Package pick up:
    • Mon-Wed-Fri: 1000-1500 
    • Tues: 0700-1500 
    • Thurs: 1200-1500 
    • Closed Sat & Sun along with USAFE Down days and federal holidays.

  • RAF Molesworth APO 268-2991
    • Sunday, Federal Holidays & USAFE Family Days: Closed
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 1000-1630 Parcel Pick-Up
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1000-1400 Finance Service
    • Thursday: 0800-1200 Closed For Training; 1200-1630 Parcel Pick-Up
    • Saturday: 1000-1300 Finance & Parcel Pick-Up

  • Email: 423fss.fsxp@us.af.mil

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