Such appreciation is reciprocated by retiree Rosalind Hamill, who is one of the thousands of British people to have made a living working on the bases.
“We’ve always worked together, the base and the local community,” says Mrs Hamill, a West Row councillor who left school aged 15 to work at RAF Mildenhall.
“The young ones are so polite – it’s all yes ma’am, no ma’am.”
Another local who has taken the American community to his heart is Terence Grinling.
He started on base as an electrical contractor before being made a permanent member of staff at RAF Mildenhall.
“I enjoyed every minute of it – so much so that when I reached retirement age I did an extra four years there.”
As well as a living, the base gave him a son-in-law, Kenneth, from Ohio.
“He did not want to go back to the US and Hayley (Mr Grinling’s daughter) did not want to leave,” says the retiree. “So they settled here and live with my grandson William in Red Lodge.”