New honorary commander program starting Published Feb. 12, 2024 By 55th Wing Public Affairs OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Nebr. -- The 55th Wing is starting a new honorary commander program to help grow the already strong bond between local civic leaders and Offutt Air Force Base. The Team Offutt Honorary Commander program’s goal will be to engage, educate and empower local leaders to serve as proponents of the Airmen and many missions across the installation. “We have an incredible relationship with our local community,” said Col. Mark Howard, 55th Wing commander. “The goal of this program is to find those community leaders who have little to no knowledge about what we do and welcome them into our family so they can learn about what we do in support of our great nation.” While the new program will be led by the 55th Wing, it will include multiple units from across the base. “We have more than 50 mission partners on this installation, all with a unique role to play in our nation’s defense.” Howard said. “We certainly want to ensure the members of this new program grasp that Offutt is more than just the 55th Wing.” Those who are selected for the new program will be assigned to a specific unit on base and participate in their activities on a routine basis. They will serve two-to-three-year terms, typically following the command tour of their specific unit. In order to be considered for the new program, nominees should be a U.S. citizen of outstanding character, a leader in community affairs and be willing to devote time as a civic leader for the installation. “We’re looking for a diverse, large cross-section of leaders who are intrigued by what we do and want to learn more,” Howard said. “This is a rare opportunity for someone to get a look behind the scenes at one of our nation’s most important installations.” Those interested in serving in the Team Offutt Honorary Commander program should contact the 55th Wing Public Affairs office at 55WG.PA@us.af.mil.