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  • Mi Amigo flypast, memorial service touches millions

    In a time of war, it is often true that a brief life burns brightly. For many of the 416,800 Americans who sacrificed their lives for freedom during World War II, their brief moments are known as part of a greater tide of courage that freed Western Europe of genocidal oppression. For the ten men of the Mi Amigo, however, their defining moment is remembered forever by the city of Sheffield.
  • RAFF holds Planning Conference

    30 key stakeholders from four 501 CSW units within the UK, came together to discuss syncing operations in support of short notice contingency operations.  The main goal of the meeting is to provide 1st class reception and bed down to long range bomber units who might be tasked to respond to a world event within our theater. 
  • 501st CSW dedicates 'Buddy Benches'

    RAF Alconbury and RAF Croughton dedicated 'Buddy Benches' Jan. 15 and 16. The buddy benches provide a way for lonely children to ask for help. The way the benches work is a student takes a seat on the wooden bench and when seen, other children offer to play with the seated students. Buddy Benches began in the U.S. and there are now several hundred
  • Honoring CMSgt Richard Etchberger - Medal of Honor

    Airmen from the 501st Combat Support Wing gathered together to watch an episode of the Netflix “Medal of Honor” series, featuring U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard Etchberger, at RAF Alconbury, England on Dec. 19, 2018. During the event, Airmen from the 501st CSW had the opportunity to speak directly with one of Chief Etchberger’s sons, Cory
  • Total Force Airmen advance 423rd CS mission

    The 423rd Communications Squadron received manpower assistance and extra support from the 193rd Special Operations Wing from July to November.The assistance helped improve efficiency and coverage throughout the 423rd CS.“This has been a very positive symbiotic relationship, as a traditional guardsman this has allowed for more consistent training
  • 501st CSW hosts 2018 Annual Reception

    The 501st Combat Support Wing hosted the 2018 Annual Reception with more than 90 total guests including local leaders such as Vice Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire Richard Barnwell on Dec. 3The event featured a speech from Col. William Kale lll, 501st CSW Commander and RAF Col. (retd) Derek Bristow, 501st CSW honorary commander.The speech focused
  • Always Prepared, Always Ready

    The 422nd Air Base Group partook in a preparedness exercise at RAF Croughton, England on November 15, 2018. These types of training events ensure that Airmen and mission partners are prepared to effectively respond to threats, protect the community and potentially save lives. 
  • Veterans Day

    Veterans and civilians gathered together to pay tribute to the men and women that have served and continue to serve in the military during a Veterans Day memorial event located at the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, England on November 12, 2018. The ceremony marked 100 years since the first Armistice day on Nov. 11, 1918 when World War I
  • The Wings that Circled and Returned

    Wings flashed in the sun over RAF Molesworth, as the B-17s of the 303rd Bombardment Group turned towards the heart of Europe, on a bombing run targeting a railroad bridge in France. Among these 39 aircraft, was copilot Selwyn D. Flowers, a young 2nd Lieutenant beginning his first combat mission. Lt. Flowers would go on to fly 30 combat missions
  • RC-135 RIVET JOINT to relocate to RAF Fairford

    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.

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RIAT 2018 Recap - Another Successful Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. Thank you to all of our special guests and aeronautics fans for joining the 501st CSW and RAF in celebrating the Royal Air Force's 100th year anniversary. For more photos please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/501csw/albums/72157697433861941
#Pathfinders, A recent grass fire near one of our military family housing areas served as a reminder about fire safety. Though no individuals were hurt, it’s always important to know how to reach the various fire departments across the 501st. We've had unbelievably warm and dry weather these last four weeks. However, with it came the increased risk for fire. Monitor your BBQ grills and fire pits closely. Ensure cigarettes are extinguished and disposed of properly, not flicked into grass or out of a car window. Be vigilant if you burn your yard debris. A moment of carelessness can quickly get out of hand and put you, your family, and others at risk. Take a moment to inspect your home fire extinguisher. If you don't have one, local hardware stores carry them for £12-£25 based on bottle size. Also, ensure you and your family know how to reach the on and off base fire departments in the event of an emergency. If you’re not sure, you can visit the 501st Phone Directory at www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/Contact-Us/Phone-Directory. Enjoy the fantastic summer weather and be safe! From your 501st Combat Support Wing Fire and Emergency Services Flights
Today was the last day of the fantastic #RIAT18! The weekend was three nonstop days of airpower displays by the United States Air Force, Royal Air Force, and many other NATO partners, allied nations, and others from around the world. We'll see you all again next year at RAF Fairford for #RIAT19! U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa The Royal International Air Tattoo AFN Europe Royal Air Force
The 501st Combat Support Wing supported more than 170,000 people from around the world for the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, July 13 to 15. 501st CSW personal stood up and manned a fully operational Emergency Operations Team, provided meals and housing for volunteers working at RIAT and ran security for the U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. To read more click the link below: http://www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1575134/riat-2018-showcases-f-35a-us-uk-relations/
The past two days of #RIAT18 showcased incredible airpower, international partnership and the unique bond between the U.S. and the U.K. As the sun rises over the third and final day, we're #ready to see what's in store. #AirTattoo | U.S. European Command (EUCOM) | United States Air Force | U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa | U.S. Embassy London | The Royal International Air Tattoo
The skies are heating up at #RIAT18! RAF Fairford played host to impressive aerial displays celebrating the 100th birthday of the RAF and the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom. U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa AFN Europe The Royal International Air Tattoo Royal Air Force United States Air Force
American airpower is on display at #RIAT18! The F-35A Lightning II lit up the skies above RAF Fairford on Day 1 of RIAT! U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa AFN Europe
#Pathfinders, Please be advised of the demonstrations surrounding London July 12-14 and be cautious of the potential for delays and protests. Additionally, please plan ahead for potential delays in the area surrounding Blenheim Crescent. Continue to monitor STEP notifications and social media for more updates as they come.
Good afternoon! If you're planning to attend #RIAT18, please heed the message below about fire safety. Remember, no smoking on grass areas and no BBQs. Please make sure to dispose of any smoking materials appropriately. It looks like we'll have warm weather this weekend, so don't forget to bring sunscreen and stay hydrated for the best possible experience. See you soon!
RAF Fairford is about to get busy - just the way we like it! Stay tuned for all the up-close #RIAT18 action this weekend. ✈️
The 501st is crushing it on the Alpha Warrior rig right now! 💪👊
Lt. Col. Christopher Lovett relinquished command of the 426th Air Base Squadron to Lt Col. Shawn Beskar during the Change of Command Ceremony at Stavanger, Norway, July 6, 2018. To read more about the CoC please click the links below: http://www.jwc.nato.int/index.php/jwcmedia/news-archive/684-426th-air-base-squadron-changes-command http://www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1569373/426abs-change-of-command/
It's here! RAF Alconbury's 4th of July celebration is happening tonight, fireworks and everything. We'll see you out there!
Congratulations to Lt. Col. Mathew Ramstack for taking command of the 422nd Air Base Squadron. Welcome to the 501st!
Congratulations to Maj. Chin Hsu for taking command of the 423rd Civil Engineer Squadron. Welcome to the 501st!
Congratulations to Lt. Col. Robert Heil for taking command of the 422nd Medical Squadron. Welcome to the 501st!
The 423rd Air Base Group is hosting a Bone Marrow Donors Recruitment Drive June 25 to 29. See the attached photo for more details.
RAF Alconbury - Civic Leader Tour: Civic leaders from across the districts of Cambridgeshire, East Northamptonshire and Fenland visited with members of the 423rd Air Base Group and U.S. mission partners, where they had the opportunity to build on relations and learn more about the 501st Combat Support Wing mission. A special thanks to all of the civic leaders for making it a memorable visit. For more photos please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/501csw/albums/72157670323178788
Congratulations to Lt. Col. Olexis Perez for taking command of the 422nd Communications Squadron!
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RT @DVIDSHub: In honor of #Halloween a B-1B Lancer takes off from Andersen AFB, Guam, with a #Witch & #bats https://t.co/hUodLKDjlN #Hallow
On a fateful morning 16 years ago, the world was changed, and so many were lost forever. The towers fell, but Ameri… https://t.co/ERY3UvVWHq
RT @HQUSAFEPA: B-52 on the ground at RAF Fairford. Looking forward to flying in Exer Ample Strike! @AFGlobalStrike @US_EUCOM @501CSW #BUF
RT @NBCNews: WATCH: As of 9 a.m. Monday morning, Houston emergency services says it has received roughly 75,000 calls https://t.co/liVnwWg…
RT @NCA_UK: We are sharing #SilviasStory today. Here's why - https://t.co/IndyigM6gL. #ForcedProstitution could be happening on your street…
Happy Birthday @USCG! Not looking to bad for 227 years old 🤣 #SemperParatus https://t.co/GkgrKWZFXw
RT @RoyalAirForce: Today marks 100 years since the start of the Battle of Passchendaele. Here's a short video explaining the history #Passc
The @usairforce #Thunderbirds are at the Royal International @airtattoo this weekend. What's YOUR favorite performa… https://t.co/KLdqKNctv4
RT @RAFMildenhall: The @afthunderbirds are in the UK! The #BloodyHundredth is always ready to pass that #TankerGas. #RIAT17 #NKAWTG @BBCLoo
RT @NASA: We heard it’s #WorldChocolateDay…other planets may have some sweet treats too! Check out "Chocolate Hills" on Mars: https://t.co/…
RT @RoyalAirForce: #TBT is dedicated to the @usairforce who are celebrating their 70th anniversary this year! Make sure you see them @airt
RT @DeptofDefense: A new #hyperbaric clinic @BrookeArmyMed uses oxygen therapy to treat a wide range of illnesses and injuries. https://t.c…
RT @rafredarrows: Marking International Women in Engineering Day - meet Corporal Lydia Ford, an avionics technician who joined the RAF in 2…
RT @ArlingtonNatl: #OnThisDay Audie Murphy was born in 1924. Murphy became one of the most decorated #Soldiers of #WWII, earning the #Medal
Happy Birthday to our Army brothers! 242 years and still going strong https://t.co/MgxP7mIOKP
The deployed team putting in work at #RAFFairford #BALTOPS #B52 https://t.co/fbabMtLsUx
UPDATE | Phone line degradation still in effect. Call DSN: 314-268-2155 Commercial: 01832710341 for on-base emergency, or 999 for off-base.