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Remembering Rivet Amber 50 years later
The 45th Reconnaissance Squadron marked the 50th anniversary of the loss of the Rivet Amber with a memorial ceremony and plaque dedication in the 45th RS Haun Auditorium June 5, 2019.
Most important weather forecast ever made
Seventy-five years ago, Allied forces began the task of opening the second front in Europe when they landed on the beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. Weather was a key factor in deciding when and where the invasion would take place. There were competing priorities when selecting the desired conditions for the invasion. “You have to think of all the many varied platforms that would be used to launch the offensive, each one needed certain conditions,” said Kent Sieg, 557th Weather Wing historian. “Bombers needed clear sight to targets. Tides had to be low to expose obstacles, but could not be too low or troops would have too long a distance to get to shore.” Selecting a date that would be the best compromise for these requirements was the challenge. The time determined to be most favorable for an offensive was a full moon. Had Stagg and his team delayed the invasion until the next full moon, June 19, Allied forces would have faced one of the largest storms in the English Channel in almost 80 years and D-Day may have very well failed.
Offutt Celebrates Police Week
Offutt Air Force Base celebrated National Police Week May 13 - 17 with several events held on and off base.
Offutt flood recovery operations continue
Offutt Air Force Base continues recovery operations following flooding of the base that began March 15, 2019.The water, which at one point covered one-third of the base, has receded significantly and the Emergency Operations Center was re-designated as the Recovery Operations Center.Inside the center are primary helping agency representatives
26th OWS Airmen experience the pilot’s perspective
Two Airmen from the 26th Operational Weather Squadron got to experience the weather they normally only forecast when they donned flight suits and took to the skies at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, Feb. 21, 2019. Tech. Sgt. Chris Bieber, 26th OWS shift supervisor, and Senior Airman McKayla Dejohnette, 26th OWS weather forecaster, received the opportunity to see firsthand how their weather products affect the mission when they took a familiarization flight on two F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft from the 4th Fighter Wing’s 333rd Fighter Squadron. “Seeing how important low cloud forecasts are to their planning process from a firsthand perspective will allow me to stress that importance to the 26th OWS forecasters,” Bieber said. “Doing our job without actually seeing the impact it has on the pilots can convolute the importance of what we do. This is especially true of a feature like low clouds as opposed to something more obvious like thunderstorms.” Based out of Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, the 26th OWS is one of six operational weather squadrons in the 557th Weather Wing’s 1st Weather Group. It provides weather operations support for the Southeastern and Southcentral United States as well as the Caribbean.
Intensive Out Patient Care Program Implemented at Offutt AFB
There is a new Intensive Out Patient Care Program with in Ehrling Bergquist Clinic at Offutt Air Force Base. IOPs presently exist at a handful of bases throughout the Air Force. Due to the success of these programs, the mental health clinic saw it as a tremendous opportunity to provide Offutt with additional mental health services.
557th WW joins 55th WG for Winter Havoc
The 557th Weather Wing joined the 55th Wing, Offutt Air Force Base’s host wing, for the Operational Readiness Exercise Winter Havoc. Twenty-one Airmen from the 2nd Systems Operations Squadron, 2nd Weather Squadron and 16th Weather Squadron joined approximately 600 other Offutt AFB Airmen for the late January exercise, marking the first time the wing has partnered with the 55th WG for a mass readiness exercise since the 557th WW’s creation in 2015. “The 557 WW demonstrated its capability to deliver ready weather and cyber forces in support of multi-domain operations against any adversary across the entire spectrum of conflict,” said Lt Col. Kenneth Roberts, 2nd Weather Support Squadron commander and 557th WW Crisis Action Team representative for the exercise. This first phase of the exercise focused on pre-deployment preparations, getting Airmen ready to deploy and moving cargo. Phase two will continue in the spring.
25th OWS celebrates 75th anniversary
Surrounded by historic aircraft in the main hangar of the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona, the 25th Operational Weather Squadron celebrated its 75th anniversary Nov. 2, 2018. Originally known as the 25th Weather Squadron, the unit provided weather support to Army and Army Air Corps units operating and training throughout the Northeastern U.S. from an office building on New York’s Long Island.
2 WS shares Halloween down under
On Halloween, nearly 430 people from Exmouth – a town of about 2,000 located on Western Australia’s Northwest coast – visited a haunted house built by Airmen from 2nd Weather Squadron’s Detachment 1. The popularity of the detachment’s haunted house is underscored by the fact that Australia isn’t known for celebrating Halloween, however, its popularity has been on the rise in recent years.
Cyber Airmen “fuel” innovation
Cyber Airmen assigned to the 557th Weather Wing recently teamed together with the Defense Innovation Unit program making changes to how airborne tankers are scheduled. The changes are the direct result of a March 8, 2018, memo from Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, where he stated, “bringing the future faster requires both expanding our culture of innovation and balancing prudent risk acceptance with agile reaction.” That is the goal of the Defense Innovation Unit where members of the military partner with companies that specialize in fields such as artificial intelligence and information technology, to find new solutions to complex problems.
2nd WXG holds change of command
The 2nd Weather Group held its change of command ceremony July 11, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Col. Patrick Williams assumed command from outgoing commander Col. Jason Patla in a ceremony officiated by 557th Weather Wing Commander Col. Brian Pukall.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Offutt Air Force Base is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with events at various on-base facilities throughout May.“The purpose of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month is to step back and recognize the contributions their cultures have made in America,” said Master Sgt. Courtney Bailey, 55th Wing
595th C2G launches suggestion app
The 595th Command and Control Group at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, recently introduced a suggestion app, allowing members of the group to send suggestions and feedback directly to group leadership.The app allows Airmen and civilians at all levels of the group to submit comments anonymously, which the group hopes will encourage honest
Offutt reaffirms dedication to security
Col. Mike Manion, 55th Wing commander, spoke to the importance of base security at a 55th Security Forces Squadron all call March 27, 2018, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.Due to a recent uptick of security breaches at Air Force bases across the world, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein directed installation commanders to
Warriors on the Track
At first glance, one could describe roller derby as chaotic. Skaters clad in helmets and pads circle the track, colliding with one another while shouting commands to their teammates. Look closer and one could see blocking and plays similar to what you would expect at a football game. The women who put on skates and take to the track transform from
Bellevue East JROTC visits 55th MXS
The 55th Maintenance Squadron hosted a tour for a Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps class from Bellevue East High School to showcase the mission and capabilities of the squadron at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Feb. 27, 2017.The tour, which was the first of its kind, provided students a chance to see into the world of aircraft maintenance
97th IS gains embedded MFLC
A Military & Family Life Counselor was embedded within the 97th Intelligence Squadron to provide full time support for the unit at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, on Nov. 27, 2017.The counselor fills the gap left by the loss of the 97th IS in-house mental health provider whose schedule no longer permitted the part-time annexed care.The MFLCs
Roll for recovery: Office of the Warrior Advocate hosts outreach event
The Office of the Warrior Advocate gathered 25 Wounded Warriors and disabled veterans for a bowling event at Offutt Air Force Base Dec. 21, 2017The adaptive bowling event aimed to strengthen the community of injured active duty service members and veterans the office has been building since it was established in October 2016.The warriors, vets and
Heartland of America Band set to spread cheer for 31st straight year
The Offutt-based, 16-piece Heartland of America Band is scheduled to conduct 4 free holiday-themed performances in the local community starting Dec. 10 and ending Dec. 17, 2017.
Storm causes significant damage to base
A major storm caused significant damage to parts of the base on June 16. The fast moving storm with driving rain and high winds of upwards of 80 miles per hour arrived at approximately 8:15 p.m. and continued for roughly 30-45 minutes.