RAF Mildenhall Base Closure 'To Be Reconsidered'

Current security threats mean the US Department of Defense may look again at plans to close bases in Europe.

A decision to close RAF Mildenhall is being reconsidered by the US Department of Defense, according to reports.

The base, which is home to the 100th Air Refuelling wing and more than 3,300 airmen, is due to close in 2023 along with 14 other European US bases.

RAF Mildenhall was the largest base included in the announcement by United States European Command (EUCOM) who are now reportedly reviewing their decision in response to growing security threats in Europe.

In a statement seen by Stars & Stripes EUCOM said: 

"Considering the current European security environment, it is a prudent measure to review some of the decisions under the January 2015 European Infrastructure Consolidation effort.”

"These closures were programmed over a number of fiscal years and to date, none of these sites have been returned to the host nation, as we are putting the necessary infrastructure in place to facilitate mission and personnel moves necessary.”

The ultimate decision, however, is down to the US Department of Defense so any decision would need the backing of the Pentagon.

Therefore, if EUCOM decides to keep RAF Mildenhall open, the closures could still go ahead regardless. 

It is thought that President Trump's recent actions in Syria and concerns over a more aggressive Russia have led to this review.