Nebraska lawmaker warns of Offutt Air Force Base's gear loss

May 21, 2019


A Nebraska congressman is pushing the Air Force's emergency request for $234 million to replace equipment and crew training simulators damaged by floodwaters that inundated the Offutt Air Force Base this spring.

The Omaha World-Herald reports Rep. Don Bacon recently brought attention to the funding request in a letter to a House subcommittee. He warned of the loss of defense capabilities that commanders are already experiencing in the field after the severe flooding in March.

The House passed a disaster assistance bill earlier this month. The Senate hasn't taken action. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson says the base's recovery work will stop July 1 if emergency funds aren't issued.