Offutt commemorates 100 Years of Offutt Field

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  • 55th Wing Public Affairs Office

The 55th Wing will conduct a ceremony commemorating 100 years of Offutt Field Friday, May 10, 2024, at 3 pm on the parade grounds at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

The ceremony will include a military flyover, an official proclamation and the Airmen of Offutt Air Force Base will place items in a time capsule. 

In February 1924, the Douglas County Reserve Officers Association proposed the Fort Crook landing field be named in honor of 1st Lt. Jarvis Offutt. Offutt, Omaha’s first World War I air casualty, who as a U.S. Army Air Service pilot, was killed in 1918 flying with the Royal Air Force in France.

1924, the airfield at Fort Crook was officially named Offutt Field. The ceremony was attended by Lt. Jarvis Offutt’s mother, Bertha, and his younger brother, Casper, and included an aerial salute from 19 planes, which flew in from Fort Riley, Kansas.

Media interested in attending this event should contact the 55th Wing Public Affairs office at 402-294-3663 for additional information.


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