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U.S. Air Force

Royal Air Force Station (RAF) Menwith Hill, England

APO, AE 09468  |  Base Operator: DSN: 314-262-0421, 011-44-1423-77-0421

RAF Menwith Hill: Overview

The units that conduct operations on Royal Air Force Station (RAF) Menwith Hill are responsible for maintaining communications and providing intelligence to forces of both the United States and the United Kingdom. RAF Menwith Hill is located in the UK and is subsequently commanded by an officer of the RAF. However, the USAF has a significant presence on this base through the 421st Air Base Group.

During the Cold War, RAF Menwith Hill was an extremely important installation from an intelligence collection standpoint. Even the National Security Agency (NSA) took over as the entity responsible for the intelligence mission for the better part of the 1960’s. As technology continue to expand and improve, the mission eventually benefitted from the use of satellites.

RAF Menwith Hill: Education

You can earn your degree and enjoy being stationed overseas at RAF Menwith Hill by attending an online school. Online schools allow you to take classes according to your schedule. And, if you go on TDY or are transferred, you don't have to put school on hold. You may want to request information from a number of these schools. Start by clicking the "Find A School" button below:

RAF Menwith Hill: Location

RAF Menwith Hill is located close to Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. It’s central location in England provides quick access to both the Irish Sea and the North Sea. The Yorkshire Dales is very close to the installation, and the North York Moors National Park is a mere 20 mile drive. Other communities in the area include Knaresborough, UK, Ripon, UK, Skipton, UK, Ilkley, UK, Otley, UK, Wetherby, UK, Thirsk, UK, Rawcliffe, UK, York, UK, Tadcaster, UK, Leeds, UK, Shipley, UK, Pudsey, UK, Bradford, UK, Bingley, UK, and Keighley, UK.

RAF Menwith Hill: Interesting Facts

  • The presence of the United States on this installation began during the Cold War. The obvious purpose of this presence was to monitor the transmissions between Soviet forces.
  • The U.S. National Reconnaissance Office is responsible for several of our satellites in orbit.
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