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Liberty Wing hosts 33rd annual Retiree Appreciation Day

Attendees pose with an F-15E Strike Eagle during the 33rd annual Retire Appreciation Day ceremony at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 6, 2019. Attendees had the opportunity to view aircraft static displays and a munitions demonstration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

Attendees from the 33rd annual Retire Appreciation Day pose for a photo in front of an aircraft static display at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 6, 2019. The attendees had the opportunity to view an F-15E Strike Eagle from the 492nd Fighter Squadron and a CV-22 Osprey from the 352nd Special Operations Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

Attendees from the 33rd annual Retire Appreciation Day receive information at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 6, 2019. The Liberty Wing provided demonstrations, a luncheon, and an information fair throughout the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

Attendees from the 33rd annual Retire Appreciation Day speak with a Liberty Wing Airman at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 6, 2019. A total of 192 retired U.S. military members from all over the U.K. were in attendance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

Attendees from the 33rd annual Retire Appreciation Day watch a bomb loading demonstration at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 6, 2019. The Retiree Appreciation Day is held to honor those who have served and provide information about support organizations such as medical legal and financial advice to veterans and their dependents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

Attendees from the 33rd annual Retire Appreciation Day ceremony speak with a Liberty Wing Airman during the 48th Munitions Squadron demonstration at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 6, 2019. The event was held to honor those who served and provide information and resources from support organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhonda Smith)

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England --

The 48th Fighter Wing recently hosted local U.S. military retirees for the 33rd annual Retiree Appreciation Day here.

This event was held to honor those who served and provide information and resources from support organizations.

“It gives back to the retiree community and keeps that military connection,” said Darrell Russell, Retiree Activities Office director for RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall. “The retiree community consists of not only the retirees but their spouses, widows, and dependents.”

Retirees attended a social, luncheon, and information fair. Support organizations such as medical legal and finance were available to provide information and resources.

“We receive many calls from widows and retirees who want help with the U.S. tax system and guidance about how to receive social security benefits while being overseas.” said Russell.

The Liberty Wing also provided the retirees a weapons loading demonstration, and the group toured an F-15E Strike Eagle and CV-22 Osprey from the 352nd Special Operations Wing.

The Air Force Retiree Activities Program is an official program that provides a conduit through which members of the AF retiree community can receive benefits guidance, stay current on AF affairs, stay informed on the status of changes to their benefits, maintain contact with other retirees, and provide suggestions for improvement.

For more information about the RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall Retiree Activities Program, please contact Russell at 01638542039 or email rao1@us.af.mil