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USAF bases in the East face uncertain future as thousands of jobs are set to be lost

Over 1,000 staff are eligible for the first round of voluntary redundancies at RAF Lakenheath.
Over 1,000 staff are eligible for the first round of voluntary redundancies at RAF Lakenheath. Credit: PA

Thousands of American Air Force jobs at bases in our region could be lost as part of a sweeping round of budget cuts.

The USAF announced its intention to axe around 25,000 global jobs, last year.

A spokesman at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk confirmed that 1,600 staff there are eligible for the first round of voluntary redundancies.

Jobs at RAF Mildenhall could also be affected.

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US war planes grounded

An F-15 at Lakenheath
An F-15 at Lakenheath Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two squadrons of F-15 war planes at a US base in Suffolk could be grounded, due to defence cuts by the US Government.

Up to 75 jets based at RAF Lakenheath are likely to be stood down by the US Air Force for around five months. Officials at 48th Fighter Wing said there would be no change to staff at the base, which employs 4,500 airmen and around 2,000 civilians.

Christmas without Dad

A war veteran from Suffolk will miss out on spending Christmas with his wife and children - because of continued visa issues on both sides of the Atlantic.

Chad Carlson, who spent 11 years at RAF Lakeneath, was forced to return to America in the summer because of a massive backlog in visa applications.

Tired of waiting, his family decided to move out there instead...But have now been told it could be 8 months before they can go.

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