When you arrive at Offutt, you'll need to sign in at your unit commander's support staff office. Your leave enroute ends the day you sign in. Talk to your sponsor, your supervisor or an expert in your unit about when to sign in. Remember, you must sign in before or on your Report No Later Than Date.
Important Items to Hand Carry:
· Copies of your PCS orders
· All moving paperwork, inventory, etc.
· Employment records of family members
· Medical, dental and immunization records for entire family · School records for children and adults · Pet records and immunizations · Phone numbers for your gaining unit, sponsor and command post (for emergencies during transit)
Your CSS will schedule you for a briefing to complete all finance and military personnel flight in-processing. Be sure to bring several copies of your PCS orders, all travel documents, your personnel records and your medical records. The briefing also includes a section on family readiness and TRICARE at Offutt. Plan on spending one to two hours at this briefing.
First Term Airmen Center
After completing the base in-processing briefing, all first-term/first-duty-station Airmen report to the First Term Airmen Center for in-processing and orientation. Airmen return to their units of assignment for unit specific in-processing, then report to FTAC the following week for 14 days of mission orientation, details, training and completion of base-level in-processing.
EO Newcomer's Orientation and First Duty Station Training
In accordance with Air Force Instruction 36-2706, all Department of Defense personnel will receive equal opportunity human relations education within 30 days of arrival. These briefings are designed for individuals to comprehend and recall Air Force, Air Combat Command and local installation commander's "Zero Tolerance" policy regarding unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment. For appropriate scheduling, contact the EO office at (402) 294-3709 or DSN 271-3709.
Right Start Orientation
This four-and-a-half hour briefing is mandatory for all personnel in-processing to Offutt. It's a one-stop orientation that covers all required newcomer briefings except the finance and travel briefings. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend.
Also on Arrival...
Come to the Airman & Family Readiness Center for information on the community and other relocation services. The Airman & Family Readiness Center's phone number is (402) 294-4329.
Household Goods Shipment
Upon arrival at Offutt please update contact information to include phone numbers and address in the Defense Personal Property System (DPS) as soon as possible. If you have housing and your household goods have arrived, you can schedule delivery by logging into DPS and requesting delivery of your household goods with the carrier. Joint Personal Property Shipping Office North Central JPPSO-NC., handles all in-bound household goods and storage extensions past 90 days. Call (800) 771-1819 or DSN 692-9291.
Personally Procured Moves (previously known as DITY moves) are filed with TMO Household Goods, Bldg. 323C, Room 301. Please have your DD Form 2278, PPM Checklist, AF 1351-2, rental contracts, weight tickets, receipts for boxes or moving expenses, and 2 copies of your orders.
If you're coming from a base in a region other than WEST, you're required to transfer enrollment for you and your family members in TRICARE Prime to this region (WEST) and select a Primary Care Manager upon arrival to Offutt. If you are coming from a base located in this region (WEST), you're required to request a Primary Care Manager change. TRICARE Prime coverage won't automatically transfer from one location to another for you or your family members. You must be proactive regarding your family's healthcare benefits. To enroll your family members, visit www.tricareonline. com. If your family members aren't already enrolled in TRICARE Prime, appointments for your family members will be on a space-available basis at Ehrling Bergquist Clinic.
The 55th Comptroller Squadron's Financial Services Office is located in Building C, Room 138 and are open from 0800-1600 Monday through Friday (except Holidays). They can be reached via phone at (402) 294-3300 for military/travel pay or (402) 294-3005 for civilian pay. The Finance in-processing briefing is held daily at 0900 in Room 141. All members must attend this briefing within 5 duty days of arriving on station. In case of a financial emergency, the Air Force Aid Society can be reached through the Airman and Family Readiness Center at (402) 294-4329.
The base has four telephone prefixes: Commercial 294 and 232, and DSN 271 and 272. To place calls from one on-base phone to another, dial the seven-digit number -- 294-XXXX or 232-XXXX, whichever is appropriate. To place calls from an on-base phone to an off-base phone, dial 99 then the seven-digit number (you will hear a dial tone after dialing 99). To place DSN calls, dial 94 then the seven-digit number. Long distance calls from on-base phones can only be made by using a personal identification number that's issued by the 55th Communications Group through unit telephone control officers.
There's one major airport in the metro Omaha area. Eppley Airfield is four miles northeast of downtown Omaha at 4501 Abbott Drive, off Highway 480 North and Sorenson Expressway. There are also two small noncommercial airports in the Omaha area. North Omaha Airport is located on North 72nd Street in Omaha and Millard Airport is located at 12916 Millard Airport Plaza in West Omaha.
Omaha area weather varies significantly throughout the year. Summers are very warm--and at times rather humid-- with high temperatures ranging between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Summertime thunderstorms are observed (on average) nine times per month--June through September. These storms usually occur in the late evening and overnight hours and account for nearly half of the region's annual rainfall.
On the other hand, winter weather is rather dry and cold. Typical daytime high temperatures range between 30 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit from December through March. Nevertheless, below zero temperatures are possible during colder spells and strong winds can create wind chill factors of 20 to 40 degrees below zero. Annual snowfall for eastern Nebraska averages between 25 and 30 inches. Spring and fall -- the transition seasons -- are mild, with high temperatures reaching 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Occasionally this transition time produces severe weather -- isolated severe thunderstorms with hail (and even the possibility of tornadoes) -- as warm and cold air masses clash in the Central Plains States.
On-base government transportation
Offutt's shuttle bus stops at various base locations Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The shuttle bus doesn't run on weekends or holidays. For more information or a copy of the shuttle schedule, call transportation dispatch at (402) 294-4375.
Getting onto base
Offutt has two gates for your use. The Kenney Gate and the STRATCOM Gate are open 24 hours. Visitor passes are granted through the Pa