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Welcome to your assignment to RAF Lakenheath. Although we recommend visiting your Family Support Center to access more detailed information on moving to RAF Lakenheath, we have provided some of the basics here.

For additional information, visit the Military Homefront RAF Lakenheath page.

To watch the introduction of the "Welcome to the UK Video", click here.

To order the full-length DVD of this video, click here and then do an "A/V" search for "Welcome to the United Kingdom".

You may also watch the full-length video on YouTube by clicking here.


For latest information on housing at RAF Lakenheath, click the Air Force Housing image above.
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Your sponsor is the key to your successful PCS and should be your first stop for information concerning travel to RAF Lakenheath. They have information on local transportation modes that can save you valuable time and hassle upon arrival in London. Be sure to contact them for assistance and keep them informed of your travel plans.

Your assigned squadron at Lakenheath will appoint you a sponsor. If the sponsor does not contact you directly, you may have to obtain the contact information through the gaining squadron's orderly room, your local orderly room or through the Lakenheath Relocation Team by e-mailing FSC2@lakenheath.af.mil.

The sponsor is the point of contact for obtaining information and is there to assist you in getting settled here in England. You can direct any question you wish to your sponsor. Keep in mind that when a sponsor is assigned to an active duty member with a family, they do not only sponsor the active duty member, they address the needs of the entire family including pets. 

Your sponsor is responsible for obtaining a post office box for you to start redirecting your mail. Your sponsor will need a copy of your orders to do so. If for some reason you would like to or need to secure one yourself, you can email a copy of your orders to 48cs.postoffice@lakenheath.af.mil, from your official email address. Tip: During your outbound briefings inquire about how to get reimbursed for mailing items.
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Your sponsor should also make Lodging arrangements for you. If they don't or you want to confirm that they have, simply contact the Lodging Office at DSN:314-226-6713 or 01638-526713. You can make reservations up to a year in advance and lodging does not require a copy of orders. If you are not able to stay on base then the Lodging Office has a list of off-base establishments. If you must stay off base then make sure to obtain a non-availability slip from the Lodging Office. This will ensure that Finance will reimburse you. Make certain that your off-base Temporary Lodging Facility is within your per diem rate by visiting www.dtic.mil/perdiem. This site will also provide you with information on your Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) and Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). The Finance Office can also supply you with these rates.

Your sponsor is there to help you, however we cannot stress enough how important it is to keep in contact with your sponsor and to make them aware of when you will be arriving. Sponsorship is a two-way street!

Women, Infants, and Children Overseas Program
The Department of Defense offers the Women, Infants, and Children Overseas Program to eligible overseas beneficiaries. The WIC Overseas Program provides participants and their families with important benefits, including:

- Nutrition and health screenings

- Nutritious food

- Tips on how to prepare balanced meals

- Breastfeeding education and support

- Access to other resources that help you and you and your family lead healthier lives

The WIC Overseas Program is located in Building 950. To determine whether you and your children are eligible, or to make an appointment, please call 226-1728 (Commercial: 01638 521 728).

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This website is maintained by the 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office. For questions about what services we provide, contact us at:

48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Unit 5203
APO AE 09461-5203
The public affairs office is unable to redirect calls or provide phone numbers. If searching for a phone number on base, please call the base operator.
Calling Base Operator from the United States:
Comm: 011 44 1638 521 110
DSN: 314-226-1110
Calling Base Operator from within England:
Comm: 01638 521 110
DSN: 226-1110

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