But today RAF chiefs announced the future of the base is assured after it found the best option in terms of cost and operational capacity was to retain Boulmer as the ASACS hub.
Group Captain WJ Millington, station commander at RAF Boulmer and ASACS force commander, said: "This is welcome news, not only for the personnel based here, but also for the local community who have shown us great support over the years."
The ASACS conducted continuous radar surveillance of UK airspace, and worked closely with RAF Typhoons on Quick Reaction Alert, ready to intercept hostile or suspicious aircraft.
ASACS Force Commander and Station Commander at Boulmer Group Captain Paul Atkinson said: "I am delighted to see that RAF Boulmer personnel have been recognised by the award of the Joint Commander's Commendation.
It is hard to believe that with so much going on there its future had been in doubt until 2008 when the powers-that-be decided RAF Boulmer was the best option - in financial and operational terms - as the ASACS hub.
It has undergone a massive modernisation programme recently and become the hub of the air surveillance and control system (ASACS).
However, following a Journal campaign, a dramatic U-turn by the Ministry of Defence announced yesterday morning revealed that Boulmer's Air Surveillance and Control System (ASACS) will remain at the base, and that it will no longer be scaled back.
Group Captain Jayne Millington, Station Commander at RAF Boulmer and ASACS Force Commander, said: "We are delighted that the station will remain as the ASACS hub.
An MoD spokeswoman said: "The future location of the Air Surveillance and Control System (ASACS) units, including those scheduled to leave RAF Boulmer from around 2010, will be the subject of further work.
"The decision not to develop RAF Scampton into the communications hub means that we now need to consider the longer-term basing strategy for the ASACS units at RAF Boulmer.
And he also says the long-term future location of Air Surveillance and Control System (ASACS
) units ( which is the main role of RAF Boulmer ( will be the subject of further work.