The Private Organization Office is here to assist any group interested in establishing themselves as a Private Organization at RAF Lakenheath. We encourage you to take time and read information provided on this site that will help you become an officially recognized Private Organization (PO) at RAF Lakenheath.
PO must submit written constitution, by-laws and other similar
documents, through the FSS/CC/CL/FSR, and Staff Judge Advocate for
consideration by the installation commander. See AFI 34-223 (Private Orgs Guide Book), paragraph 9 for specific requirements. The constitution, bylaws, or similar documents must:
The principle purpose of the Privacy Act is to provide the Services Squadron with statistical data about the officers and board of governors of the private organizations.
Because Private Organizations operate on Air Force installations with the written authorization of the Commander, 48th Mission Support Group (authority having been delegated by the Commander, 48th Fighter Wing), the Private Organizations Office acts as a liaison between Private Organization members, the Legal Office , 48th Force Support Commander and the 48th Mission Support Group Commander to get all documentation set up for group establishment as a Private Organization.
Once established, the Private Organization office will maintain a file on each Private Organization and at the end of each fiscal year, will review each Private Organization to ensure all financial statements, documents, records and procedures outlined in the Private Organization Guide are followed and the organizations are in compliance with Air Force Instructions (AFI) and Operating Instructions (OI).
Detailed in the Private Organizations Handbook (AFI 34-223) are the following subjects:
Individuals or groups planning to hold events on either RAF Lakenheath, RAF Mildenhall, or RAF Feltwell that are open to the public must obtain approval from 48 AMDS, Public Health Flight. All off base businesses and food vendors must complete a new application and obtain approval from the 48 AMDS, Public Health Flight prior to and for each individual event.
When: 1st Thursday @ 09:00 or 3rd Thursday at 13:30
Location: Public Health Conference Room
Bldg 955/ 2nd Floor
*By appointment only*
Contact Info: 226-8777/ 01638 528777
As a general rule, unofficial activities’ fundraising efforts are considered “for us, by us” fundraising, unless fundraising extends beyond unit personnel and family members. Unit commanders may approve unit unofficial activity fundraisers on the installation within the unit, and only for the unit’s personnel. Fundraising outside the unit requires Installation Commander or designee approval. Unofficial activities are still Federal entities and may not solicit gifts from outside sources or engage in off base fundraising.
With the approval of the Installation Commander or designee, Private Organizations and unofficial activities may conduct three (3) fundraisers per calendar quarter.
Private Organizations and unofficial activities must not engage in activities that duplicate or compete with activities of the AAFES or Force Support Squadron NAFI.
Direct solicitation of cash donations on Tinker AFB is prohibited.
Private Organizations may not conduct games of change, lotteries, raffles or other gambling type activities except as provided in AFI 34-223 paragraph 10.20 and unofficial activities may not conduct any of the above under any circumstances.
All requests, advertising and any Private Organization correspondence requires the following disclaimer: “THIS IS A PRIVATE ORGANIZATION. IT IS NOT PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OR ANY OF ITS COMPONENTS AND IT HAS NO GOVERNMENTAL STATUS.” It is not authorized to use government e-mail to advertise Private Organization events or information.
Download and complete the applicable forms and add all necessary information, obtain facility or building manager approval before submitting your request. If the fundraiser involves food obtain training from Public Health.
Allow at least 20 business days for the approval process and do not begin advertising until you request has been approved.
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