U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public Affairs
11/6/2015 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- The
U.S. Air Force announced today that the 56th and 57th Rescue Squadrons
from RAF Lakenheath, UK are relocating to Aviano Air Base, Italy
starting in 2017.
These squadrons of aircraft, aircrew, Guardian Angel Weapons Systems and
support personnel will relocate to Aviano Air Base starting in fiscal
year 2017. This includes five HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters and
approximately 350 personnel in an effort to establish an enduring
Personnel Recovery location within Europe.
"This relocation of our rescue airmen places them in a more strategic
location to respond across Africa, Europe, and Southwest Asia," said
Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa
commander. "We always take a serious, pragmatic look at how we can most
effectively meet our commitments and guarantee the shared security of
the United States and our allies and partners."
The move is expected to take two to three years to complete.
During the European Infrastructure Consolidation review, programmers
found excess capacity at Aviano. Part of the additional space was
designated for the 56th and 57th RQSs, who deploy around the world to
recover personnel from the most difficult and hostile conditions
Construction decisions and transition milestones for the relocation will take place over the next several years.