Marshall strengthens USAF partnership through honorary commander appointment at RAF Mildenhall

Marshall strengthens USAF partnership through honorary commander appointment at RAF Mildenhall

Graham Moore MBE, Head of C-130 Business Support at Marshall, has been made an honorary commander of the United States Air Force’s 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (100th AMXS) at RAF Mildenhall.

As part of the legendary “Bloody Hundredth” (formally the 100th Air Refueling Wing), the 100th AMXS is responsible for sortie generation and maintenance for a fleet of 15 KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft conducting air-to-air refuelling, cargo movement and aeromedical evacuation operations spanning more than 20 million square miles across the European, African and Southwest Asian theatres. The squadron provides mission-ready aircraft for the United States Air Forces in Europe, Air Combat Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Mobility Command and NATO.

“I’m pleased to welcome Mr. Graham Moore MBE to RAF Mildenhall’s 2024 Honorary Commander programme as a partner with our squadron,” said Major Matthew Osborne, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander.

“I hope that this new relationship benefits both of our organisations by building important connections, sharing perspectives with each other, and strengthening the sense of community we have with our local leaders.

“With Mr. Moore’s extensive background and knowledge in maintenance, he is a great fit with our team, and we’re looking forward to working with him.”

The Honorary Commander programme is designed to encourage an exchange of ideas, experiences and friendship between members of the local civilian community and the RAF Mildenhall military community. Honorary commanders build lasting relationships between the military and civilian communities and enrich both with their contributions.

Marshall has a special and enduring legacy of support for the USAF in the UK. Not only is the company’s global headquarters located near to several US air bases, including RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath, but in 1943, Marshall lent one of its Cambridge training airfields for use as a US fighter base. This resulted in a long-lasting relationship between Marshall’s flying instructors and US airmen.

Marshall has since strived to build and maintain cultural bridges on home turf. One successful and ongoing programme supports US servicemen and women in learning to fly with the Cambridge Aero Club, many of whom have been commissioned as pilots in the USAF.

Additionally, several Marshall executives have chaired the British-American Committee, an organisation formed in the aftermath of World War II to strengthen relationships between Americans stationed at US Air Force bases and local communities in the UK.

In the US, construction of Marshall’s new facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport, Greensboro, North Carolina is well underway and set to start operations in 2025. The facility will meet high demand for in-country maintenance, repair, overhaul and engineering support for US-based fleets of Hercules C-130 aircraft, and will create over 240 jobs in the state.

Photographed: US Air Force Major Matthew Osborne, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander (L), passes the AMXS guidon to Graham Moore MBE (R) during an induction ceremony at RAF Mildenhall on 24 April, 2024.