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EITaaS team stands up new security operations center
A Hanscom IT team stood up an Enterprise IT-as-a-Service Security Operations Center, referred to as an ESOC, in San Antonio in late February to ingest data from Buckley Garrison, Colorado, and Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. With updated visualization and automation capabilities, the new ESOC will provide cybersecurity professionals with increased threat detection resources, allowing shorter response times.
Defense and industry leaders discuss digital transformation, ABMS at New Horizons
Defense and industry leaders discussed ways their organizations are using digital transformation to meet the Air Force Chief of Staff’s call to “Accelerate Change or Lose” during two days of virtual presentations March 17 and 18.
Remembering the crew of Cobra Ball flight 664
The crash of Flight 664 on March 15, 1981 was a harsh reminder of the risks members of the Fightin’ Fifty-Fifth take daily. The 55th lost six members of their unit when an RC-135S Cobra Ball crashed upon landing in severe weather at Shemya Air Force Base, Alaska. On the 40th anniversary of the crash, March 15, 2021, the 55th Wing paused to remember and honor the victims of the crash; Maj. William R. Bennett, Capt. Larry A. Mayfield, 1st Lt. Loren O. Ginter, Master Sgt. Steven L. Kish, Staff Sgt. Steven C. Balcer and Staff Sgt. Harry L. Parsons III.
Louie’s new beginning
The 55th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog team at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, welcomed their newest addition Feb. 24, 2021. Louie, a two-year old black Labrador retriever became the newest member of Offutt’s MWD Section. This is the first time the Labrador retriever breed has been assigned to the MWD team here. Like many MWD’s before him, Louie received his training at the 341st Training Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. He has been trained for obedience and detection and graduated with his certification in explosives detection.
MWD: best friend or worst enemy
The 55th Security Forces Squadron hosted a 5K ruck march and Military Working Dog demonstration at Offutt Air Force Base, March 12, in honor of MWDs Veteran’s Day.
Hanscom team to rollout major IT upgrades for 700K users
A Hanscom IT team expects to rollout improved end user services to numerous Air and Space Force locations beginning in the summer of 2021.
Medical group poised for major transition in operations
The 55th Medical Group is poised to undergo one of its largest operational changes in recent memory as it transitions to the new electronic health record system, known as MHS GENESIS, April 24, 2021.
Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems remain prohibited on base
As the popularity of commercial, off-the-shelf remotely piloted aircraft, or drones, continues to increase, a policy has been established to ensure the safety and security of resources and personnel on base.
Team Offutt celebrates Women’s History Month
March is designated as Women’s History Month. It is a time to recognize the struggles and hardships of the past as well as the contributions and accomplishments women have made as they continue to look for a better tomorrow.
Team Offutt member recognized for work with American Red Cross
A Team Offutt member will be recognized for his support of the American Red Cross during their annual Heroes in the Heartland event March 9, 2021.
Airmen transition to Guardian during virtual transfer ceremony
Ten Team Offutt members made the ceremonial transition from Airman to Guardian during a virtual transfer ceremony here Feb. 24, 2021.
Press release: E-4B operations begin temporary move to Lincoln
E-4B, 55 Wing and NAOC personnel will begin moving operations from Offutt to Lincoln Neb. in March 2021.
Offutt reduces power grid load to help community during frigid temps
With the recent onslaught of frigid temperatures pushing commercial power grids to their brink nationally, Team Offutt reduced their power requirement by six megawatts to help ease the strain locally.
Fightin’ Fifty-Fifth’s command post earns Air Force award
The 55th Wing Command Post recently earned the 2020 Large Nuclear Command and Control Command Post of the Year award. Selected from approximately 15 command posts across five different commands, this 22 member team resurrected the command post after the 500 year flood, rebuilding twenty programs and team morale.
Offutt's firefighter goes national
Ryan N. Berney, 55th Civil Engineer Squadron lead firefighter, received the 2020 American Legion National Firefighter of the Year award for his accomplishments in his firefighter career field.
Defenders host familiarization visit for Lincoln law enforcement agencies
Members of the 55th Security Forces Squadron welcomed a number of Lincoln law enforcement officers from across multiple agencies for a familiarization visit at the Lincoln Airport Feb. 5, 2021.
Transition to Lincoln starts with first aircraft arrival
Normally a 55th Wing OC-135 Open Skies aircraft landing and taxiing to its parking spot is no a big deal, but this particular landing on Feb. 1, 2021, was unlike any other. This flight was Offutt Air Force Base’s first aircraft arrival to the Lincoln Airport, where the 55th Wing and its mission partners will operate all flying operations from for the next 18 months as contractors replace the base’s runway.
Air Force announces Airmen leadership qualities
The Airman leadership qualities are expected to form the basis for the future officer and enlisted performance reporting systems. The alignment between evaluating units and evaluating Airmen is intended to further emphasize and accelerate an understanding and adoption of the associated leadership qualities.
Black history in the making
February is black history month. It is a time to remember black history, with its difficult beginnings, struggles and hardships. It is also a time to celebrate the achievements of those who have overcome many of these challenges to become a part of our nation’s black history.
55th WG member Spark Tank 2021 finalists
An idea created by a member of the 55th Wing is one of five selected by Air Force and Space Force leaders from the Spark Tank 2021 semi-finals board to be shared virtually with senior leaders at this year’s Air Force Association Virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.