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55th Wing officially welcomed to Lincoln during ceremony
The Nebraska National Guard officially welcomed the 55th Wing to the Lincoln Airport during a ceremony April 16.
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.
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.
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.
Bellevue Chamber spreads holiday cheer for Offutt dorm residents
Col. Gavin Marks, 55th Wing commander, joins members of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce as they fill goodie bags Dec. 8 at Bellevue Volunteer Fire Department for the annual “Holiday Cheer” for Kisling dorm residents at Offutt Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by L. Cunningham)
Work officially begins replacing Offutt’s aging runway
Work has officially started to completely replace Offutt’s aging runway as Phase 0 of the $143.9 million project began recently.
A time to be Thankful
In 1621 what began as a three-day harvest celebration has evolved to what we now celebrate as Thanksgiving Day on the third Thursday of November. It is a day when families, friends and loved ones come together to remember all things they are thankful for. Because of COVID-19 this year, some gatherings may be smaller than what we have been accustomed to. Some of us may be missing family members or friends. Some of them taken to soon by COVID-19.
Multi-wing, multiagency exercise tests Offutt maintainer’s ability to operate
A proof of concept exercise took place Oct. 23 to identify any shortfalls and establish procedures for Offutt Air Force Base aircraft that will operate out of Lincoln Airport starting early next year while the base’s airfield undergoes a complete replacement. The exercise involved the 55th Maintenance Group, along with 155th Air Refueling Wing, Lincoln and Offutt first responders and various 55th Wing agencies to test the feasibility of operating from Lincoln Airport.
Chaplain gets dirty in 55th SFS MWD kennels
The 55th Wing Chaplain Base Chapel kicked off their new "Toughest Jobs" program Oct. 20, 2020, with a visit to the 55th Security Forces Squadron’s kennels.
Hispanic Heritage Month takes flight
Members of Team Offutt conducted a training flight featuring 10 Hispanic or Latinx aircrew members in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month Oct. 14, 2020.
DPAA Honorable Carry
Members of the 55th Wing Honor Guard carry the last of 25 transfer cases off of Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency Honorable Carry flight Sept. 4, 2020. The remains were transferred from the European Theater recovered by DPAA partners and the last set of remains for the World War II Ploesti Disinterment Project. Ploesti,
POW/MIA Remembrance Run
Members of Team Offutt run past the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action memorial at the parade grounds Sept. 18, 2020 during the 24 hour POW/MIA 24 hour Remembrance Run. The event honors and reminds us of those who have fallen and those still missing in action. (U.S. Air Force photo by L. Cunningham)
Wing Operations Center takes innovation prize
The 55th Wing Operations Center will soon be receiving $2.8 million worth of upgrades to their mission systems, thanks to the innovation of WOC Airmen.
Offutt Airman earns ACC paralegal award
A member of Team Offutt received the Air Combat Command Outstanding Paralegal Airman of the year.
DPAA Offutt Laboratory conducts first dignified transfer of remains during COVID-19 pandemic
Members of Team Offutt offload 28 transfer cases carrying unidentified remains of service members from a C-17 Globemaster III July 21, 2020, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, during an honorable carry of remains. The remains were transferred from the European theater and will be analyzed by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Offutt Laboratory
Offutt begins to loosen COVID-19 restrictions
Some of the restrictions implemented on Offutt AFB in March of this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will be relaxed beginning June 12.
Resources assist Airmen in balancing mission, dormitory life
As the United States military works to balance mission accomplishment with the health of its service members amid the COVID-19 pandemic, dorm residents are also working to accomplish a balance.
Warhorses gallop steadfast through COVID-19
Warhorses in the middle ages were known as cavalry warriors, they came in different sizes, types and were used for various forms of warfare, reconnaissance, raiding, communication, or supply. Unlike the four-legged equine Warhorses of the past, the 55th Logistics Readiness Squadron continues to help maintain the mission of the 55th Wing, getting the right parts and fuels products to the right place.
Fifty-Fifth fightin’ through COVID-19
In the midst of a Public Health Emergency, at Health Protection Condition Charlie and with mission-essential personnel only reporting for duty, there is a stillness across the base most likely not seen since its establishment in 1896 as its personnel fight to keep COVID-19 at a distance.