Picnic brings families of servicemen together

Deployed family picnic at RAF Lakenheath (moved into a hanger because of the rain).    Sam and Jack Cary in front of the fire truck.

Deployed family picnic at RAF Lakenheath (moved into a hanger because of the rain). Sam and Jack Cary in front of the fire truck.

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THE FAMILIES of serviceman deployed from RAF bases at Lakenheath, Mildenhall and Honington shared their experiences of having partners and parents serving abroad over a picnic held at RAF Lakenheath.

The deployed family picnic was attended by 250 people on August 15, half of which were the families of British serviceman and half of which were the families of American serviceman.

A fire truck, displays by military dogs, a climbing wall and a mock deployment line were all on offer to entertain children and give them an insight into what their parents are doing while they serve abroad.

Kyle Robinson, 48th Fighter Wing Commander at RAF Lakenheath, said: “I think it is important for all the spouses of deployed service members.

“This gives them a chance to have camaraderie and feel re-attached to the base.

“A lot of time the spouses live in isolated areas and they feel disconnected from the base this is our way of getting people together with other people in the same situation and have some fellowship.

“What is unique about this one, is that we also invited our counterparts at RAF Honington, this is an extra special occasion to continue the special relationship between us and the British.”