Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., argued for as the committee debated many amendments to the bill throughout the day Wednesday, then late into the night and then into Thursday morning.
“This is a great ceremony, and it honors the Cobra Ball community,” said Joe Spivey, president of the 55th Wing Association, a group of former members of the Wing.
The search for the RC-135 recon jet continued for two weeks. "After about a week, you could feel the morale just deflate," Capt. Kingdon Hawes said. "Unfortunately, desperation turned to frustration, and then to sadness."
Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., said Thursday the measure includes authorizations for $340 million for the Air Force to recover from natural disasters at facilities such as Offutt and $247 million to help the Air Force plan the Offutt rebuilding effort.
Arguing for the amendment, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., noted that the equipment supports the Offutt-based 55th Wing’s fleet of RC-135 reconnaissance jets. “It does electronic surveillance around the world,” he said of the RC-135. “It helps save lives.
Rep. Don Bacon, who once commanded the 55th Wing, warned that equipment destroyed by the March flood is hurting the unit's sensitive and secret reconnaissance missions.
The rescued items included oil portraits of Air Force heroes such as Jarvis Offutt, an aerial camera used on early reconnaissance flights in the late 1940s, and a propeller from a World War II P-51 Mustang fighter.
Many of the questions for Hagel focused on how climate change will affect the military. He pointed to extreme weather that has recently devastated U.S. military facilities, from hurricanes that wrecked bases in North Carolina and Florida to the massive flooding at Offutt Air Force Base.
The monument featuring a quote is meant to honor all of the veterans of the unit.
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson gave an ironclad commitment to reconstructing flood-ravaged Offutt Air Force Base following a tour Friday with local political and military leaders.
Missouri River water managers were just a few weeks away from starting a long-awaited, $30 million project to raise the two levees closest to Offutt Air Force Base when the epic Nebraska Flood of 2019 blew up their plans.
In a press release, Wing Commander Col. Michael Manion described the flooding as a "historic disaster" that has made hosting this year's event "untenable."
Gen. John Hyten, who leads Offutt-based command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee it was important not to cut back but to preserve and modernize nuclear forces.
The OC-135B flew from Offutt Air Force Base to Japan late last week. On the way there, they picked up a team of monitors from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
After a one-year absence, the Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show is returning to Offutt Air Force Base.
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - An Offutt Airman and his family were recently recognized by the city of Plattsmouth, Neb. with the 2015 Harvest Military Family Award.
Five Airmen from the 55th Force Support Squadron made up the "Dad Bods n Tasty Hogs" team who took first place in the 3rd Annual Bacon Fest's Best Savory Category at the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center this past weekend.
If you happen to see a small aircraft hovering above Offutt’s base lake, don’t be alarmed. It is more than likely part of a study being conducted by the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit on the lake’s Zebra Mussel population.
There is a new semi-professional football team in town, the Omaha Stockmen, and Team Offutt is supplying three of their star players, all Sailors from the Naval Operational Support Center - Omaha.
Air Force budget cuts have shrunk Offutt Air Force Base’s heralded Heartland of America Band, but some of the musicians who once thrilled audiences across the Midwest want to show they’ve still got the musical spirit.
The 55th Wing Commander, U.S. Air Force Col. Marty Reynolds, paid a visit to residents of the Eastern Nebraska Veteran’s Home on July 15 where he was greeted with open arms.
The U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band’s Offutt Brass ensemble performed on “The Morning Blend” show June 25 at KMTV’s studio in Omaha, Nebraska. The Offutt Brass is the smallest of three ensembles that make up the Heartland of America Band, headquartered out of Offutt Air Force Base, …
Team Offutt provided a TC-135W flyover of TD Ameritrade Park on Monday, June 22 during Game One of the College World Series championship series.
Nearly 50 athletes from Offutt Air Foroce Base and the greater Omaha area participated in the June fitness event that has been held annually at Offutt since 2013.