• New Reserve unit activated

    The 820th Intelligence Squadron, a new Reserve unit, will officially stand-up during a ceremony November 4.The new Reserve squadron is a Classic Associate Unit and subordinate to the 655th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio."We are very excited to get started," said Lt. Col. Thomas Stauffer,
  • Enforcement of REAL ID Act to begin in January

    According to the Department of Homeland Security, the REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, will start being enforced Jan. 22, 2018.The act established minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits federal agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not
  • Team Offutt to March in Veteran’s Day parade

    Team Offutt will participate in Nebraska’s Official Defenders of Freedom Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11 in Olde Towne Bellevue, Nebraska.The parade is set to begin at 10:05 a.m., with a flyover by an RC-135S Cobra Ball, courtesy of the 55th Wing.Former U.S. Army Air Corps Cpl. Robert Holts, the sole surviving original Tuskegee Airman from Nebraska,
  • Recognizing the importance of radiologic technology

    Medical professionals across the U.S. will recognize the contribution of radiation technologists during the National Radiologic Technology week Nov. 5 – 11. This celebration takes place each year during the week of Nov. 8 to commemorate the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on Nov. 8, 1895, and calls attention to the important role that medical imaging and radiation therapy plays in patient care and health safety.
  • Exercise tests medical group response to health emergency

    The 55th Medical Group conducted a Point of Distribution exercise here Oct. 19 to test their ability to rapidly administer medicine to the base populous in the event of a pandemic or health emergency.The POD exercise provided valuable training for more than 70 medical personnel who participated in the exercise that evaluated their efficiency. “If a
  • Defenders capabilities grow to counter increased Small Unmanned Aircraft System use

    In an effort to counter the increased use of the Small Unmanned Aircraft System, or sUAS, the 55th Security Forces Squadron has grown their capabilities to help ensure the safety and security of base personnel and resources.The 55th SFS now has the ability to stop any unauthorized sUAS that cross Offutt's airspace or boundaries through a number of
  • Heartland of America Band’s Raptor ensemble reaches high schoolers

    The Heartland of America Band’s Raptor ensemble toured South Dakota and Iowa Oct. 8 – 13, performing at various high schools and the Sioux Falls Veterans Health Care Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.Raptor partnered with recruiting offices for their high school performances, allowing recruiters to connect with students in a unique way while also
  • Offutt will see increase in traffic following gate closure

    On-base traffic is expected to increase following the scheduled November 4 closure of the Meyer Gate currently used by approximately 600 construction workers to access the U.S. STRATCOM Building 1000 construction project.Construction workers will begin accessing the base from the main gates beginning Monday, November 6 and will enter the STRATCOM
  • Team Offutt’s Solar Power Testing

    Offutt is one of 37 sites chosen worldwide to participate in an experimental evaluation of photovoltaic technology and the potential for its application to the Air Force.  The study began in June 2017 by an Air Force Institute of Technology research team and will continue for a year.The research aims to establish the potential for monocrystalline
  • CSAF and CMSAF visit Offutt

    Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Oct. 18.Goldfein and Wright received a tour of the base, and learned more about the mission accomplished by the 55th Wing, U.S. Strategic Command and other partner units at Offutt.At an all-call
  • Med group to stand up new advisory council

    The 55th Medical Group will stand up a new Patient and Family Advisory Council to increase input and feedback from their beneficiaries helping them improve overall medical care.
  • TRICARE payment types for calendar year 2018

    With the Jan. 1, 2018 changes to new stateside regions and contractors, you may need to update your payment option to guarantee continued payment of your TRICARE enrollment fees and monthly premiums.
  • Heartland of America Band plays Sioux Falls VA Hospital

    The Heartland of America Band’s Raptor ensemble performed at the Sioux Falls Veterans Health Care Center Oct. 11 as part of their week-long tour through South Dakota and Iowa. The band played in three dining halls, as well as in several hallways in wards for former service members without the mobility to make it to the dining halls. Diana Larsen,
  • End of Year beast

    Whether they have been doing it for one year, two years or even 20 years, the consensus among members of the 55th Contracting Squadron and 55th Comptroller Squadron is that end of fiscal year close out is a beast.This year alone, 55th CONS awarded $364.4 million on 1,865 actions making them number one in the Air Force. A majority of the funds came
  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    October is the month set aside to recognize those affected by domestic violence and look for ways to combat this issue that is present not only in the armed forces but in society as a whole.Domestic Violence Awareness Month grew out of a single day, the "Day of Unity," in October 1981 organized by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to
  • Take command with TRICARE changes: Enrollments shifting from fiscal to calendar year starting in January 2018

    Starting Jan. 1, 2018, cost changes for TRICARE benefits transition from a fiscal year period to a calendar year period. Changing from fiscal year (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30) to calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31) makes the TRICARE benefit consistent with civilian health plans. The change will largely affect those plans which have an enrollment fee and are currently billed by the fiscal year.
  • Different muscles, different exercises: how Offutt’s Run Clinic is shaving off minutes

    Last winter, a senior airman with the 97th Intelligence Squadron was in a panic. He had failed the run portion of the physical training test twice already, and if he failed it again he would be demoted to airman first class, losing pay he and his young family were counting on. It wasn’t that he didn’t work out. He ran three to four miles every day.
  • Offutt’s Sailors set to celebrate Navy’s birthday

    When you think of the U.S. Navy you probably envision F-18s taking off from an aircraft carrier in the middle of the ocean, or maybe the U.S.S. Washington, the service’s newest nuclear attack submarine, preparing to dive into the depths of the deep blue sea.Either way, you probably don’t think about an Air Force base in the middle of the Great
  • Retiree Appreciation Day returns to Offutt

    Offutt is scheduled to host its 49th Annual Retiree Appreciation Day Oct. 15 at the Base Exchange from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will offer a variety of free services to retirees, spouses, widows and widowers including immunizations, identification card assistance and legal services.
  • Milestone changes coming to TRICARE

    TRICARE beneficiaries will soon have increased access to health care through key changes that are set to take place in January 2018. With the benefit set to undergo some of the biggest improvements in more than two decades, beneficiaries will be able to take command of their health care through expanded choices. These improvements include wider access to network providers, updated enrollment to reduce disruptions in care and simplified co-payments.