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RAF Upwood

The tri-base area constituting the 423d Air Base Squadron is composed of RAF Alconbury, RAF Molesworth and RAF Upwood, United Kingdom. The 423d Air Base Squadron is the host unit for RAF Molesworth with additional support facilities at RAF Alconbury and RAF Upwood. The squadron manages the day-to-day operations and provides support to tenant units. Major functions of the squadron include security police, civil engineers, supply, communications, logistics, information management, legal, chapel, financial, safety, education, and services.

RAF Upwood is located southwest of the town of Ramsey, about 14 miles from RAF Alconbury. In January 1986, the medical/dental clinic opened its doors. This multi-million dollar complex houses out-patient care facilities for military personnel stationed in the tri-base area. Most standard medical care is available, but medical cases may be referred to RAF Lakenheath (approximately 48 miles east of RAF Alconbury)for care which is unavailable. RAF Upwood also has housing for DOD enlisted military families. The 423-OLA Medical Facility at RAF Upwood provides outpatient medical services for the tri-base community.

Huntingdon is less than an hour away from London by train, and Huntingdon itself is only a 30 minute drive from Cambridge and the cathedral cities of Peterborough and Ely. Huntingdonshire has plenty to see and do. It is the rural heritage heartland of Cambridgeshire. Essentially rural in character, Huntingdonshire is the ideal location for walkers. The "Ouse Valley Way" follows the course of the Great Ouse River, and goes through many pretty riverside villages such as Hemingford Grey and Houghton. Many people enjoy lazy days cruising on the river,(rented long boats available), but many also enjoy sailing, fishing, windsurfing and cycling. Grafham Water offers many of these sports. Horse racing enthusiasts must not miss a trip to the National Hunt races at Brampton located 5 miles from Alconbury. If you are a history buff you must visit the Cromwell Museum and set off on the "Cromwell Trail." A visit to Hinchingbrooke House, the ancestral home of the Cromwell family, provides insight into the family background of the Lord Protector. In Ely you can see the carefully restored house where Oliver Cromwell and his family lived for some ten years. Ramsey Abbey Gatehouse is reminiscent of the town's heyday, when the Benedictine Abbey there rivalled the wealth and power of those at Peterborough and Ely. Buckden Towers was home for a short time to Catherine of Aragon, and at Kimbolton Castle the same sad queen was imprisoned until her death. For those who love nostalgia, a visit to Ramsey Rural Museum or the restored Nene Valley Steam Railway should not be missed. Cambridgeshire is a county of contrasts. Cambridge is one of Britain's oldest university cities with its world-famous colleges. Cambridge is a 25-30 minute drive southeast of the base. Particularly striking is the flat landscape of the fens, a haven for bird watchers. There is much to do and see while living in East Anglia.

Many RAF Alconbury, RAF Upwood, and JAC families live in the nearby communities surrounding the tri bases. The two villages of Great Stukeley and Little Stukeley lie next to RAF Alconbury. Great Stukeley consists of the roads of Church End, which was the original settlement, Green End and Owl End.

Huntingdon is the home of Oliver Cromwell, the cradle of the English Civil Wars, the land of politics, history and historic houses, set against the wide skies and attractive rural landscapes of the Ouse Valley. This is an old market town and is located approximately 4 miles south of Alconbury.

Godmanchester is joined to Huntingdon by a 14th century bridge. This beautiful village began life as a Roman posting station; it contains some beautiful and interesting 17th century houses.

St Ives is a few miles east of Huntingdon. In Norman times,a local priory was dedicated to St Ivo, a Persian bishop. Eventually the town took his name and became St Ives. Peterborough is a remarkable city combining the best elements of past and present. A visit to Peterborough will show you a magnificent Norman Cathedral, medieval wall paintings in Longthorpe Tower, and the charm of Thomas the Tank Engine on the Nene Valley steam railway. There are golf courses, an ice rink, multi screen cinema, nightclubs, theater and other shows provide relaxed entertainment. Peterborough is approximately 25 minutes north of Alconbury on the A1.



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