The nation's highest-ranking military officer will tour Offutt Air Force Base and take in a ballgame next week during a two-day trip to Omaha.
Gen. Martin Dempsey will make his first trip to the city since being named chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff last year, officials at the base near Bellevue said Wednesday.
Dempsey, the 18th chairman since the position was created in 1949, serves as the principal military adviser to President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
Dempsey's Omaha agenda includes a Tuesday visit to Offutt, where he will meet with 300 military personnel from U.S. Strategic Command, the Air Force's 55th Wing and the Air Force Weather Agency.
“It's his opportunity to speak to the troops,” said Rodney Ellison, a StratCom spokesman.
U.S. Strategic Command oversees the nation's nuclear weapons. The 55th Wing is the Air Force's largest wing.
The night before his Offutt visit, Dempsey will watch what may be the final game of the 2012 College World Series. He will attend Game 2 of the best-of-three championship series, according to NCAA officials.
No word on whether the top military officer in the country has a rooting interest — he attended West Point and then Duke during a storied military career that has included several command deployments to Iraq and eventually the prestigious job as U.S. Army chief of staff.
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