RAF Menwith Hill

RAF Menwith Hill
Birstwith, UK
+44 1638 521110

Base Type: Air Force


Royal Air Force Menwith Hill is a Royal Air Force station near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England, which provides communications and intelligence support services to the United Kingdom and the United States. The site contains an extensive satellite ground station and is a communications intercept and missile warning site. It has been described as the largest electronic monitoring station in the world.
RAF Menwith Hill is owned by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) but made available to the US Department of Defense (DoD) under the NATO Status of Forces Agreement 1951 and other, undisclosed agreements between the US and British governments. It is run entirely by US authorities, with support provided by around 400 staff from Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), in addition to United States Air Force (USAF) and US National Security Agency (NSA) personnel. In 2014, the number of American personnel was reduced as part of a streamlining of operations due to improvements in technology.
The site acts as a ground station for a number of satellites operated by the US National Reconnaissance Office, on behalf of the NSA, with antennae contained in a large number of highly distinctive white radomes, locally referred to as “the golf balls”, and is alleged to be an element of the ECHELON system.


Prior to Departure MilitaryINSTALLATIONS – U.S. Department of Defense 3/14/18 Page 5 of 42 Before you depart your location please ensure you have met all the immigration requirements for the United Kingdom. Military members must have a passport. Family members, to include children, must have a passport with a Visa stamp approved by a British Consulate. If the base where you are currently stationed is unaware of these requirements then contact your sponsor to obtain more information. Bring at least 10 copies of your PCS orders with you. Airports Before you leave, give your sponsor a copy of your flight itinerary. This will help your sponsor know when you are coming. When flying into the United Kingdom, you will have several options. London Heathrow is the hub for the United Kingdom. If you are flying into Heathrow, you will need to book a connecting flight to Leeds/Bradford or Manchester Airport. Leeds/Bradford is located 21 miles from base. Manchester Airport is 71 miles from base. There is no shuttle service from either airport to base so you should coordinate your arrival with your sponsor. If no sponsor is available for pick-up, taxi services can be found at both airports. Trains run regularly from Manchester to Harrogate. The journey from Manchester will take approximately two hours. There is not a train station at Leeds Brandford airport so you will need to catch a taxi to the Leeds train station From Leeds to Harrogate via train will take approximately 40 minutes. Ideally, to avoid a layover at London Heathrow, it is recommended you book your flight from the states directly to the Manchester Airport, if possible. Driving Directions RAF Menwith Hill is located eight miles from Harrogate. To reach the base from Harrogate, travel west on the A59 and follow the signs to RAF Menwith Hill. If you arrived at Manchester, travel east on the M62 to Leeds. Once in Leeds, take the A61 towards Harrogate, then go west on the A59 and follow the signs to RAF Menwith Hill.

Quick Reference

Education Center
Second Ave., Bldg 620
(314) 262-7853

Family Advocacy
Military OneSource
Airman & Family Readiness
(314) 262-7730

Housing Office
(314) 262-7886

Bldg 416
(314) 262-7997

USAA Banking & ATMs

ID/CAC Card Processing
Main St, Bldg 416


Exchange (BX)
Bldg 633

Base Surroundings

Washburn Heritage Centre
Fewston, Harrogate HG3 1SU, England
+44 1943 880794

Pateley Bridge Nidderdale Museum
Behind King Street
Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, England
+44 1423 711225

Ripon Cathedral
Liberty Courthouse Minster Road
RIPON, North Yorkshire,
Harrogate HG4 1QS, England
+44 1765 602072

St. Peter’s Church
Cambridge Road,
Harrogate HG1 1RW, England
+44 1423 568218

Ripley Castle and Gardens
Harrogate HG3 3AY, England
+44 1423 770152

RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Harlow Carr Gardens Crag Lane,
Harrogate HG3 1QB, England
+44 845 265 8070

Fewston Reservoir
A59, Skipton/Harrogate Road
Washburn Valley, Fewston, Harrogate, England

Brimham Rocks
Harrogate HG3 4DW, England
+44 1423 780688

Royal Hall Theatre
Kings Road,
Harrogate, England
+44 1423 500500

Medical Care

RAF Menwith Hill Clinic
Address: Main St, Bldg 526,
RAF Menwith Hill, GBR
(314) 262-7885

Services provided: Family practice, pharmacy, immunizations, laboratory, general dentistry, mental health service, public health, allergy clinic. We also have an extensive host nation network of TRICARE providers who we refer for specialized care.

Frequent numbers called
Appointments: 262-7968
Pharmacy: 262-7288

Tricare Numbers
Nurse Advice Hotline TRICARE- (800) 874-2273 Opt 1
Primary Care Appointments- (800) 600-9332
TRICARE for Life- (866) 773-0404

Tricare partners with United Healthcare Military & Veterans as its regional contractor in the Western United States to provide health care services and support to beneficiaries.


Tricare Home Page allows access to Enroll in or Purchase a Plan, File or Check a Claim, View Referrals, Find a Health Care Provider, Change Your Primary Care Manager, Compare Plans, Manage Prescriptions and much more.

Nurse Advice Line TRICARE: (800) 874-2273 Opt 1.

The Nurse Advice Line is available to all TRICARE beneficiaries in the U.S., except those enrolled in US Family Health Plan. You can call the Nurse Advice Line 24/7, at no cost to you, to talk to a registered nurse who can: Answer your urgent care questions.


Learn more about TRICARE- Watch an overview video & take free public TRICARE courses online.


You can make Primary Care appointments, check lab results and even order your pharmacy refills using TOL, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Contact: (800) 600-9332

Contact- (866) 773-0404

TRICARE for Life is your Medicare-wraparound coverage for TRICARE-eligible beneficiaries who have Medicare Part A and B. TRICARE for Life beneficiaries can receive care at military hospitals and clinics, but only on a space-available basis.

TRICARE Pharmacy Program:

The TRICARE Pharmacy Program provides the prescription drugs you need, when you need them, in a safe, easy, and affordable way.

Customer Service Community Directory:

The directory helps you connect with a Beneficiary Counseling and Assistance Coordinator (BCAC), Debt Collection Assistance Officer (DCAO), or other members of the customer service community. If you have questions or issues specific to a single clinic or hospital, contact someone listed for that facility.

You may contact any customer service community representative for general TRICARE issues.

Must be registered in the DEERS program to be eligible for TRICARE
Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System:

Base Listings

The numbers for Fairchild Air Force Base have low accuracy due to its unique utilization. Entire companies are rotated through on a regular basis, so large portions of the phone directory are subject to change without notice. Please contact the base operator at (509) 247-1212 if you experience any difficulty reaching your desired contact.

NameLevel NamePhone
421 Air Base Group 011-44-1423- 774-210
421 Air Base Squadron 011-44-1423-777356
421 Civil Engineer Squadron 011-44-1423- 774-707
421 Force Support Squadron FSF 011-44-1423-777-7899
451 IS 011-44-1423-776-7777
691 ISRG 011-44-1423-777-4200
709th MI BN 011-44-1423-777-185
Naval Security Group Activity 011-44-1423-777960