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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.
ALS goes virtual
The James M. McCoy Airmen Leadership School here was the first school of its kind to gain approval and complete a previously paused course completely online due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Language Learning Center starts online learning in response to COVID-19
The Language Learning Center here, which is a detachment of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, began providing online classes in response to COVID-19 March 27, 2020.The center's mission is to maintain language skills for linguists, who are on flying status while also assisting them in their annual
Public Health Emergency Working Group at forefront of Offutt COVID-19 response
As the world continues the battle against the spread of COVID-19, one Offutt team has worked day-in and day-out to protect Team Offutt and the surrounding communities. The Public Health Emergency Working Group, directed by the 55th Wing commander on March 5, has played a major role in Offutt’s response.
Offutt chaplains add virtual services amid pandemic
Following the directions of the President and Governor Ricketts, in response to the CoronaVirus pandemic, the base chapel here is changing the format of all worship services from in-person to virtual worshipping through the Offutt Facebook page.
Fightin’ Fifty-fifth launches AFAF campaign
The annual Air Force Assistance Fund campaign began March 9 with the focus on Airmen helping each other through four affiliate charities. Offutt’s goal for this year’s campaign is $85,798. AFAF kicked off March 9 and will end April 17.
557th WW integrating with 16th AF missions
The 557th Weather Wing is working to integrate its strengths into the recently formed 16th Air Force, which brought intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, cyber, electronic warfare, information operations and weather all under one roof. Integration is a key theme for the Air Force’s first information warfare numbered air force. The 557th’s efforts both reinforce the value of the wing’s existing missions, such as providing weather for aviation, but also offer new opportunities for the wing to increase lethality in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions of other 16th AF wings. “The realignment of the 557th WW into the information warfare numbered air force will have a profound effect on the future of weather and environmental intelligence operations, and we intend to bring that future fast,” said Jeffrey Fries, 1st Weather Group chief of operations standards and tactics.
Commercial provider set to take over Offutt help desk services
Beginning January 17, commercial contractor Unisys will take over help desk services for all non-classified IT related issues for Offutt AFB.The change is part of an “Enterprise IT network-as-a-service” program that was implemented in 2018 to improve Air Force IT by outsourcing common services.The biggest change for Offutt users is that they will
557th WW realigns under new information warfare NAF
The 557th Weather Wing has been reassigned to the Sixteenth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber). The reassignment ceremony, held at the 557th WW’s headquarters here Oct. 29, was attended by commanders from Sixteenth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) and Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern), its former Numbered Air Force. The 557th WW joins the 55th Wing and other units whose missions fall under the new Information Warfare NAF. “The 557th operates a truly global and data-driven enterprise,” said Lt. Gen. Timothy Haugh, Sixteenth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) commander. “On a daily basis, your Airmen exploit a worldwide network of sensors, processing mass quantities of data, connected to a communications network capable of disseminating weather intelligence at the speed of decision to create outcomes for joint commanders.”
The ice brings brotherhood to disabled veterans
On Oct. 3 – 6, 2019, the Nebraska Warriors hockey team travelled to Las Vegas, Nevada, to participate in the fourth annual United States of America Hockey Warrior Classic.
Fightin’ Fifty-Fifth earns Doolittle Award
The 55th Wing was recently named the Air Force Historical Foundation’s Doolittle Award recipient for 2019. The award was established by the AFHF as a way to recognize a unit that has displayed bravery, determination, discipline, esprit de corps and superior management of joint operations while accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions in multiple conflicts.
Minnesota visitors receive surprise visit to Offutt
In what was an absolute surprise to all of them, 82 people from Southeastern Minnesota toured Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Sept. 19, 2019. The visit was part of three-day mystery tour to Western Iowa and Eastern Nebraska offered by Home Federal Savings Bank, a local bank. “When they left Rochester they had no idea where they were going, not even to the state,” said Jean Jech, director of Home Federal Savings Bank’s Jubilee Travel Club. “Several of them bring maps of four different states, trying to figure out which way we’re going.” The visit to Offutt AFB included mission and historical briefings at the 557th Weather Wing as well as lunch at the King Dining Facility. Members of the group also had the opportunity to speak with Airmen who have recently deployed.
Fightin’ Fifty-Fifth members provide recovery support
Members of the 55th Wing recently supported U.S. Northern Command response efforts to Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm which devastated the Bahamas in early September.
Commentary: Steps toward revitalization ongoing
It’s been 182 days since the March 16th flood devastated 1/3 of Offutt Air Force Base. Since my arrival, I have been continually amazed by the resilience and can-do attitude of the Fightin’ Fifty-Fifth Airmen and our community partners. We lost no personnel and no aircraft, and the atmosphere immediately following this disastrous event showed everyone how well our team can pull together to continue the mission in the face of extreme adversity. In response to the flood, you focused on the goal of stabilizing our many critical operations. In fact, thanks to your perseverance, our runway was re-opened to limited flying operations within 10 days of the flood and more than 50% of the Bennie Davis aircraft maintenance complex was cleaned, sanitized, and back in use by maintainers within 30 days of the flood. But now I want to update you on our current status.
The Offutt Fire Department hosted a 9/11 commemorative ceremony inside the main fire station Sept. 11, 2019, here.
Offutt Airman earns Hero Award for CFC involvement
An aircraft maintenance officer assigned to the 83rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit here, earned the Combined Federal Campaign’s national level Hero Award for his impact to the CFC program at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, in 2018.
Offutt restores training capabilities with new simulator
A new aircrew training device is being built as part of an effort to replace the three ATDs destroyed in the March flood.
Offutt runway closure delayed 10 months
The 55th Wing’s runway replacement at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, has been pushed back from December 2019 to October 2020. The ten-month delay of the runway closure allows for demolition and earthwork to begin before winter. This sets up the program to be in the asphalt and concrete work phase by spring 2021 and wrapping up the needed inspections and Federal Aviation Administration approval to reopen in the twelfth month of work. Sections of Offutt’s current runway are more than 70 years old. Regular maintenance is required to sustain safe flight conditions. The replacement, which is projected to cost approximately $176 million between Offutt and Lincoln, sets up the 55th Wing’s global intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission to continue from Offutt for at least 20 years before any major maintenance is required.
Empowering tomorrow’s Leaders for the future
The third annual Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders conference was recently held at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Omaha Nebraska.
RASCAL restoring readiness, the Air Force way
A Rapid Assistance Support for Calibration unit arrived at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, May 6, 2019, to re-establish the base’s capability to calibrate equipment, which was lost in the flood. RASCAL is a mobile Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory intended for use worldwide where PMEL capabilities are needed. It is one of only two in the Air Force that allows deployable PMEL capabilities.