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Offutt reduces power grid load to help community during frigid temps
With the recent onslaught of frigid temperatures pushing commercial power grids to their brink nationally, Team Offutt reduced their power requirement by six megawatts to help ease the strain locally.
Fightin’ Fifty-Fifth’s command post earns Air Force award
The 55th Wing Command Post recently earned the 2020 Large Nuclear Command and Control Command Post of the Year award. Selected from approximately 15 command posts across five different commands, this 22 member team resurrected the command post after the 500 year flood, rebuilding twenty programs and team morale.
Offutt's firefighter goes national
Ryan N. Berney, 55th Civil Engineer Squadron lead firefighter, received the 2020 American Legion National Firefighter of the Year award for his accomplishments in his firefighter career field.
Defenders host familiarization visit for Lincoln law enforcement agencies
Members of the 55th Security Forces Squadron welcomed a number of Lincoln law enforcement officers from across multiple agencies for a familiarization visit at the Lincoln Airport Feb. 5, 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.
Air Force announces Airmen leadership qualities
The Airman leadership qualities are expected to form the basis for the future officer and enlisted performance reporting systems. The alignment between evaluating units and evaluating Airmen is intended to further emphasize and accelerate an understanding and adoption of the associated leadership qualities.
Black history in the making
February is black history month. It is a time to remember black history, with its difficult beginnings, struggles and hardships. It is also a time to celebrate the achievements of those who have overcome many of these challenges to become a part of our nation’s black history.
55th WG member Spark Tank 2021 finalists
An idea created by a member of the 55th Wing is one of five selected by Air Force and Space Force leaders from the Spark Tank 2021 semi-finals board to be shared virtually with senior leaders at this year’s Air Force Association Virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.
Air Force to allow longer braids, ponytails, bangs for women
As an outcome of the 101st Air Force uniform board, Air Force women will be able to wear their hair in up to two braids or a single ponytail with bulk not exceeding the width of the head and length not extending below a horizontal line running between the top of each sleeve inseam at the under arm through the shoulder blades. In addition, women’s bangs may now touch their eyebrows, but not cover their eyes.
Department of the Air Force offers limited Active Duty Service Commitment waivers; expanded PALACE CHASE
These programs provide provisions for both enlisted and officer members who meet specified criteria. The application window runs Jan. 20 – April 2.
Housing resident council holds first meeting
The first meeting of the Privatized Housing Residential Council was held Oct. 28. The meeting was focused on education, and council members have already made progress in safety and security.
Offutt receives COVID-19 vaccine
The 55th Medical Group COVID Cell began administering initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to frontline healthcare workers Jan. 6.
Ground broken for new E-4B simulator
A ground-breaking ceremony for a high fidelity, full motion E-4B simulator took place here Dec. 22, 2020. The $16 million simulator is the first of its kind for the 595th Command & Control Group's E-4B fleet and being constructed by CymSTAR, LLC.
Department of the Air Force releases findings on racial disparity review
The Department of the Air Force released its report on the findings of an Air Force Inspector General independent review into racial disparity Dec. 21. The full report is available for download on AF.mil.
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.
Annual DOD Housing Survey opens for tenant feedback Dec. 8
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The Department of the Air Force is asking tenants of its privatized and government-owned housing to share their experiences and opinions of the programs via the DoD Tenant Satisfaction Survey beginning Dec. 8. The survey, administered by CEL & Associates, Inc., will be made available through an email link to
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.
Team Offutt member reaches half century of service
A member of the 55th Communications Group was recognized by the Secretary of the Air Force for 50 years of federal service. Rosalie Sutherland, 55th CG commander’s secretary, has spent 50 years in a variety of roles at numerous bases as she accompanied her husband as he served in the Air Force.
Offutt bids farewell to aging workhorse
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- WC-135 Constant Phoenix tail number 582 departed for the final time here as officially decommissioned from service Nov. 16, 2020.Originally built in 1962 and delivered to the Air Force as a KC-135 Stratotanker, the aircraft was first converted to an EC-135 Looking Glass before its transition into its WC-135