Offutt Cemetery

Celebrating Life since 1897

Offutt AFB cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries belonging to the Air Force and is currently categorized as a Closed Government Cemetery (not accepting new reservations). However, existing reservations will be honored in addition to specific circumstances outlined in the FAQs below. Offutt’s cemetery has over 860 total gravesites, over 820 gravesites filled, and over 750 markers.


The most recent burials took place in 2021. Each year during Memorial Day, the 55 Wing Commander, along with the Air Force Association (AFA), places flags to honor those who have passed. Additionally, each December, Wreaths Across America places wreaths on each headstone in remembrance those who are buried there. 


Offutt AFB cemetery was initially established in 1897 with the burials of Evelyn Thompson, infant daughter of Musn Thompson (22nd Infantry). Since then, there have been many burials recorded here, including over 50 children of military personnel. Offutt AFB Cemetery is unique as it is one of only five Air Force installations with a designated cemetery. The other four cemeteries are located at United States Air Force Academy, Fairchild AFB, FE Warren AFB, and Volk Field. Only one of those five (US Air Force Academy) is considered Active. It is an honor and a privilege to celebrate the life of those who served and their loved ones.


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 Can I get buried in there?

To determine eligibility, please contact the Cemetery Responsible Officer at Offutt AFB (402-294-5894).

 Can I keep my family’s Headstone if it is replaced?

No. The VA only authorizes one headstone for the member. Any damaged or worn headstones that need to be replaced will be removed and properly disposed of.

 How do I go see my family member if I do not have base access?

Contact the Pass and ID section (402-294-8979) to coordinate your access to the base. You will need the valid driver’s license for each person coming onto the base so your names can be cleared by Security Forces Squadron.

 How many People are buried there?

There are more than 820 people who have been laid to rest here and there are currently more than 750 gravesites.

 How old is the Cemetery?

125 years old (it was established in 1897)

 If my family member passed and had a reservation, how do I get them buried in your cemetery?

Let the funeral director know your family member had a reservation in the cemetery and have them contact the Cemetery Responsible Officer at Offutt AFB (402-294-5894). She/He will confirm the reservation and coordinate the funeral time and date.

 Who maintains the cemetery?

55th Civil Engineering Squadron (CES) maintains the grounds and Map. The Cemetery Responsible Officer maintains the history, plot information, and headstones.

Contact Information

Cemetery Responsible Officer (CRO): 402-294-5894
CES Ground Maintenance contact: 402-294-3834
Pass and ID: 402-294-6844