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Message started by Roger Whitcomb on Nov 28th, 2013 at 3:01pm

Title: CV-22 Ospreys to RAF Fairford
Post by Roger Whitcomb on Nov 28th, 2013 at 3:01pm
from Lechlade-on-Thames website

The 352nd Special Operations Group (SOG) will be conducting an exercise at RAF Fairford from Monday 9 to Thursday 12 December 2013. The exercise is a training event designed to ensure the group is able to forward deploy its newest assets, the CV-22 Osprey and MC-130J Commando II.

“RAF Fairford is a perfect location for us to test our ability to forward deploy our new CV-22s and MC-130Js,” said Col. Christopher Ireland, 352nd SOG commander. ”These new aircraft bring enhanced and new capabilities, and we greatly appreciate the opportunity to test ourselves so close to home.”
The 352nd SOG is based at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, England. The 352nd SOG unit plans andexecutes specialised and contingency operations using advanced aircraft, tactics and air refueling techniques to transport and resupply military forces.

The exercise is not based on any current or real-world events.

RAF Fairford is home to the USAF 420th Air Base Squadron, which is part of the 501st Combat Support Wing at RAF Alconbury in Cambridgeshire. The base is maintained in a ready, “warm status” by a civilian workforce who are responsible for all daily tasks and contingency preparations.
The main mission at RAF Fairford is to be ready to receive a large deployment of aircraft and personnel with 48 hours’ notice, both for real-world scenarios and for training.

We hope that activities at RAF Fairford are not too intrusive to local residents, and ask that residents are not alarmed by the military operations at RAF Fairford during this time.

If you have any queries about activities at RAF Fairford, please contact the Community Relations Adviser, Jenny Collyer, on 01285 714822 / 07764 166079 or e-mail

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