Royal Air Force (RAF) Croughton Air Force Base is a communications station southeast of Croughton, a village in Northamptonshire, England, which is 70 miles northwest of London, 20 miles north of Oxford, and nearby Brackley in the United Kingdom. This RAF operates the largest military processes and switchboards for approximately a third of all the United States military communications between Europe and CONUS, besides all the communications for deployed and en-route war fighters.

RAF Croughton offers 23 information and communication weapon systems, serving for supporting the operations of the European Central Command, NATO, and Presidential operations in Europe. The support functions also include Civil Engineering, Logistics, Services, Security, and Medical Forces. The Royal Air Force Base in Croughton is a GSU (Geographically Separated Unit) belonging to the 501st Combat Support Wing.

Cost of Living: The cost of living in Croughton includes the benefit of the Overseas Housing Allowance and Cost of Living Allowance (COLA), which is added to the military personnel wage, and is based on the Cost of Living Index (COLI) resulting from comparative pricing of 13 comparative baskets.

Automated Telephone Attendant Number: Base Operator phone number is +44-1280-70-8000 or DSN 314-236-8000.

Base Population: RAF Croughton is made of the 422nd Air Base Group, responsible for the Air Force operations. This group is composed of four squadrons; 422nd Security Forces Squadron, 422nd Air Base Squadron, 422nd Communications Squadron, and 422nd Civil Engineer Squadron.

City/Area Population: Croughton is a small village close to the border with Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, and in the South Northamptonshire district of Northamptonshire, with an estimated population in 2010 of 1,020 people.

Child Development Centers: RAF Croughton Air Force Base offers the Croughton Child Development Center and different education opportunities for children in grades K-6, whether attending a Department of Defense Dependents School (DoDDS), a British School, or being Home Schooled. Information on School-Age Programs can be retrieved at DSN 236-8420.

Youth Programs: There are no DoDDS middle or high schools available at RAF Croughton, but British public and private schools in nearby cities. Youth programs at RAF Croughton Air Force Base are exciting and include cultural and entertainment activities. For more information on available programs call at the Youth Programs Office, DSN 236-8543 or 236-8524.

Family Readiness Center: Family readiness and family support programs are available through RAF Croughton 442 ABS at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, phone 01280 708011 or 01280 708716, DSN 236-8011 and 8716.

Employment: Employment is oftentimes available through the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership. Call 1-800-342-9647 for information and available positions.

Base Services:  RAF Croughton offers on base services provided by the Navy MWR, Air Force Services Agency. Army MWR, and Marine Corps Community Service.

History: RAF Croughton Air Force Base was formerly build in 1938 upon three consolidated farms encompassing 694 acres of rural land. This first facility was name Brackley Landing Ground and was operated by the Royal Air Force since. In 1940, the station was renamed RAF Brackley and one year would become RAF Croughton. At the end of World War II and until 1950, this air force based had no activities at all, being used occasionally as ammunition storage.

By the end of 1950, USAF took over RAF Croughton, after the 1969th Communications Squadron stationed in South Ruislip formed a detachment to break into. From then onwards, RAF Croughton Air Force Base started an era of premier communication services and support for the military, and the 1969th Communications Squadron was converted into 1230th Airways and Air Communications Service Squadron (AACS).

Units: RAF Croughton Air Force Base hosts a single unit; the 422nd Air Base Group and its four divisions.

Housing: There are government housing opportunities, temporary lodging and private housing facilities at RAF Croughton Air Force Base. Newcomers need to visit the Housing Management Office within the following two days upon their arrival to define their housing needs and assignment. There is a Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) for eligible civilian personnel and active duty military. For more information call the Housing Management Office, phone +44-1280-708-951, DSN 314-236-8951, Fax +44-1280-708-246.






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