• Offutt restores training capabilities with new simulator

    A new aircrew training device is being built as part of an effort to replace the three ATDs destroyed in the March flood.
  • Changes coming to gate operations

    Personnel entering and exiting the installation will notice changes to gate operations beginning immediately after Labor Day. Starting Sept. 3, 2019, the Kenney Gate will close daily from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following day, while the STRATCOM Gate’s vehicle search pit will now be closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Offutt Football Club to compete in 2019 Defender’s Cup

    The Offutt Football Club’s men’s varsity team is preparing for the 2019 Defender’s Cup National Military Soccer Tournament held at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. The Defender’s Cup is a military soccer tournament that is open to any base- or post-level soccer team representing a military installation.
  • Offutt runway closure delayed 10 months

    The 55th Wing’s runway replacement at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, has been pushed back from December 2019 to October 2020. The ten-month delay of the runway closure allows for demolition and earthwork to begin before winter. This sets up the program to be in the asphalt and concrete work phase by spring 2021 and wrapping up the needed inspections and Federal Aviation Administration approval to reopen in the twelfth month of work. Sections of Offutt’s current runway are more than 70 years old. Regular maintenance is required to sustain safe flight conditions. The replacement, which is projected to cost approximately $176 million between Offutt and Lincoln, sets up the 55th Wing’s global intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission to continue from Offutt for at least 20 years before any major maintenance is required.
  • Program unites Offutt AFB squadrons

    Members of the 38th Reconnaissance Squadron participated in a unit cohesion activity funded through the Unite Program, June 21.
  • ACC defines HUR-RY, TOR-RY framework

    While specific start dates of tornado seasons vary based on region, they can happen at any time, day or night. On the other hand, Hurricane Season recently began on June 1 and will extend to Nov. 30. Due to catastrophic weather events that took place throughout the past 12 year, including Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence, the Air Force Severe Weather Readiness Assessment team recently developed an action plan for all at-risk installations across the United States.
  • Groundbreaking held for Fisher House

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the first Fisher House in Nebraska was held at the Veterans Affairs NE-Western Iowa Health Care System’s Omaha campus next to the VA Medical Center in Omaha Aug. 7, 2019.
  • Preserving a proud heritage

    A group of veterans and active duty members gather every Friday at a local bar to talk about their time spent in service with the 343rd Reconnaissance Squadron. The local bar, Eagles, has graciously allowed Airmen to congregate for what they call “roll call” since flooding ruined their facility earlier this year. At roll call, people meet and talk about both the past and the present.
  • DRAGON heads south for summer

    HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Pilots flew an upgraded E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft across the international date line and into the southern hemisphere in late July.The flights prove a $1.05 aircraft billion upgrade, called DRAGON, is worthy of long-haul, international flights. DRAGON, which stands for Diminishing
  • Military working dogs stamp their place in history

    The Military Working Dog stamp was unveiled as the U.S. Postal Service’s newest stamp during the American Philatelic Society’s 133rd annual convention Aug. 1, 2019, at the Catholic Health Initiatives Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • AFIMSC navigates storms, disasters to exceed 84 percent budget execution

    A flexible strategy combined with strong partnerships that focus on taking care of Airmen. That’s what helped the Air Force exceed a goal to execute more than 83 percent of its $7 billion installation and mission support portfolio by the July 31 deadline.
  • In this together: MWDs and handlers protect the base, each other

    Every military branch has its own version of the wingman concept where service members look after, care and help one another like family. But what if your wingman happens to be a dog?
  • Remains of 28 service members returned for identification

    Caskets containing the remains of 28 World War II soldiers sit in the back of a C-17 Globemaster III during a dignified transfer July 23, 2019. For additional images of the transfer, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/offutt_afb/albums/72157709886860852 (U.S. Air Force photo by William A. O'Brien)
  • 55th MSG is under new leadership

    Team Offutt welcomed a new 55th Mission Support Group commander during a change of command ceremony July 24, 2019. This ceremony depicts the formal transfer of authority through the exchange of a guidon as a symbol providing assurance that the unit will never be leaderless.
  • Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016

    On Dec. 16, 2016, the president signed into law the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016, which provides eligible veterans the right to seek a refund for taxes they may have paid on Disability Severance Pay.  Most veterans who claimed the disability severance payment as income and received a one-time, lump-sum, payment when they separated from military service are entitled to a refund. The payment must have been received after Jan. 17, 1991, and before Jan. 1, 2017.  Eligible veterans should have received a mailed notice from the Department of Defense in July 2018 explaining how to claim their tax refunds.
  • Guard units aid Offutt Cable Dawgs in flood aftermath

    Air National Guard members from the 217th and 210th Engineering Installation Squadrons out of Illinois and Minnesota traveled here to aid the 55th Communications Squadron in laying new fiber-cabling for the 97th Intelligence Support Squadron and other various squadrons. 
  • Scavenger hunt yields awards, benefits to first term Airmen

    The inaugural Amazing Offutt Scavenger Hunt was held May 6, 2019 at Offutt Air Force Base. The hunt’s conclusion coincides with the end of the first term Airmen’s course, which is an introductory course for new Airmen to the base. The scavenger hunt is the result of a partnership between the Warhawk Community Center, Professional Development Center, 55th Force Support Squadron Marketing Office, the First Term Airmen Center and other support offices to provide incoming Airmen an interactive way to get acquainted with base services.
  • Medics are under new leadership

    The mighty medics of the 55th Medical Group welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony July 11, 2019. Col. Julie Ostrand took over command of the 55th MDG from Col. Judy Stoltmann during the time-honored military ceremony inside the 557th Weather Wing auditorium.
  • A tight stitched family

    Military life is one not easily forgotten. Being married for 53 years and spending 23 of them as a military spouse, the grandmother of a service member here, maintains her connection by providing handmade gifts.
  • Offutt heroes compete in 2019 Warrior Games in Tampa

    Two Wounded Warriors representing Offutt Air Force Base participated in this year’s Department of Defense Warrior Games June 21 through 30, in Tampa, Florida. Ten teams comprised of approximately 300 athletes from around the world played in the games. From the U.S. the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command formed teams to compete. The remaining five teams were from Australia, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.