Partner Unit Feature: Navy Operational Support Center

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  • By Kendra Williams
  • 55 Wing Public Affairs

The Navy Operational Support Center is one of team Offutt’s outstanding partner units and home to 11 active-duty sailors who provide training and administrative support for more than 250 Navy Reservists in Nebraska and Western Iowa to ensure they are deployable assets.

The NOSC’s mission is to generate mobilization readiness by providing administrative services, training support, medical, and world-class customer service to Reserve personnel in support of surge and operational requirements for the Navy and Marine Corps, and Joint Forces.

“Our main priority is keeping reserve sailors mobilization and deployment-ready,” said Chief Petty Officer Joseph Timm, NOSC senior enlisted leader. “My medical personnel have access to all the databases and can monitor and make sure with the Offutt clinic that we are able to support our [Selective Reserves] team.”

The selective reservist have to do 40 out of 48 drill periods. In a month they have a drill weekend that counts toward four of their drill periods. They earn one drill period from 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and another drill period from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., so four drill periods every weekend.

In addition to the 40 drill periods required by Selective Reservists, they also support their active-duty mission or their active duty command for 12-14 days as a minimum every year.

Another major responsibility of NOSC personnel is ensuring Navy veterans in the surrounding area are provided with military honors for funeral ceremonies providing peace and closure for families.

“As long as the family member requests it, we do funerals in the whole state of Nebraska for any person that has ever served in the Navy,” said Timm. “We’re still going back and putting to rest people who served in the Korean War and Vietnam Era.”

The NOSC provided support for over 475 funerals last year, including full military honors for the Blitz twin brothers from Lincoln who were killed aboard the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor.

From 1961 to 2011 the NOSC was located at the Fort Omaha historical district. They relocated here in 2011 to a new 19,000-square-foot facility to better serve their mission.