Offutt to honor SAC Airmen at special service Sunday

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- Members of Team Offutt are invited to a memorial service at 3 p.m. Sunday at the SAC Memorial Chapel celebrating the service and honoring the sacrifice of all Airmen who served in Strategic Air Command during the tense and turbulent Cold War.

The memorial service began 50 years ago as part of a two-initiative by the commander of Strategic Air Command.

In November of 1958, at the suggestion of General Thomas S. Power, Commander in Chief, Strategic Air Command, a program was initiated to memorialize Strategic Air Command combat crew personnel who were killed in the performance of their flying mission. Two projects were started.

First, was the establishment of Strategic Air Command Memorial Sunday which would be an annual occurrence taking place on the Sunday preceding the anniversary of the Strategic Air Command. 

The second was the installation of the stained glass memorial window in the Command Chapel at Offutt Air Force Base. Letters were sent to eight stained glass studios giving them the necessary information for the theme of the proposed windows. The studios were asked to submit sketches of stained glass windows for consideration. In July 1959, the Memorial Window designed by the Wallis-Wiley Studio, Pasadena, Calif., was selected.

Contributions from base chapels throughout the command made it possible to install stained glass in the remaining windows of the chapel identifying the four air forces and seventy-two divisions and wings in the Strategic Air Command.