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Child Care Provider At Offut Tests Positive For Covid-19

Apr 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting Offutt Air Force Base. The base's 55th Wing has closed the Child Development Center near the Rising View housing area. The center was closed after a child care provider tested positive for the coronavirus.  Officials say the child care provider had been in contact with other employees and children at the facility.

Marine Gets 3 Years For Weapons Charges

Jan 17, 2020

A Marine is heading to prison for trying to bring several weapons onto Offutt Air Force Base.  Private First Class Ali Al-Kazahg was sentenced earlier this week in Hawaii to three years behind bars after pleading guilty to possessing a machine gun and falsifying an official statement.  Prosecutors say a sentry guard asked Al-Kazahg if he had any weapons and he said he did not.  But he later revealed a cache of weapons and ammunition, including a rifle, pistol, and a bump stock, which allows a gun to fire more rapidly.  The judge also ruled Al-Kazahg should be discharged for "bad conduct."

New Firearms Policy At Offutt

Jan 2, 2020

A new weapons policy is taking effect at Offutt Air Force Base with the start of the new year.  Starting tomorrow, the 55th Wing Commander is prohibiting personal firearms on base, and people will need to check them at the gate.  For the past year, people with a Concealed Carry permit and a Department of Defense ID could keep their personal firearms locked in their cars when they entered the base.

 

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — An Air Force colonel says he and other officials are paying close attention to resident complaints about living conditions and repairs at off-base, privatized housing for personnel at Offutt Air Force Base just south of Omaha.

Col. Gavin Marks is commander of the 55th Wing at Offutt, and Tuesday he told residents at a town hall meeting at a Bellevue school that he's set up a new hotline to handle complaints.

Congress To Fund Offutt Repairs

May 22, 2019
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The U.S. House of Representatives is working to help fund repairs at Offutt Air Force Base.  The House Appropriations Committee approved a funding package yesterday, including an amendment from Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry to set aside 241-million-dollars for the base.  The base lost more than 230-million-dollars worth of equipment during the March floods.  The House recently approved a supplemental spending bill that included 120-million-dollars in repair funding for Offutt.

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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.

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  A retired colonel and an army of airmen have saved irreplaceable artifacts from floodwater that covered much of an Air Force base south of Omaha.

Mike Hoskins told the Omaha World-Herald that the historical treasures of the 55th Wing were locked inside the wing historian's office and other offices at Offutt Air Force Base as the Missouri River water rose March 16. Base firefighters joined the effort by breaking down the necessary doors.

(Offutt Air Force Base, NE)  --  Offutt Air Force Base is resuming runway activity after it was closed from a flood-out.  Officials said yesterday that inspections revealed no structural problems.  It's not yet clear when nine aircrafts that were evacuated during the recent severe flooding might return, according to a report from the Air Force Times. Floodwaters have not yet completely receded from all portions of the base.

(Bellevue, NE)  --  Flooding at Offutt Air Force Base is forcing the cancellation of an annual tradition.  Base officials announced yesterday that the 2019 Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show has been canceled.  Officials say flooding at the base has made hosting the air show difficult.  The show had been scheduled for this summer, and people who bought a Flight Deck seating ticket will be fully refunded.

(Bellevue, NE)  --  Flooding is impacting operations at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha.  At least 30 buildings on the Nebraska base have been damaged by floodwaters and 16-hundred base employees have been relocated.  Offutt officials say only essential personnel were on duty at the base yesterday.  Airmen and volunteers began flood operations on Friday morning and filled thousands of sandbags in a 36-hour period.           

Emergency response drill Saturday at Offutt Air Force Base

Jun 27, 2014

Offutt Air Force Base is conducting its annual Major Accident Response Exercise Saturday.