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The complete Offutt Air Force Base guide

Oh, Offutt AFB – the only military installation you’ll find in Nebraska. What’s not to love about the Cornhusker State? It might surprise you to learn that Nebraska is pretty bad-ass. Just ask the women who have joined the ranks of cavalry scouts in the Nebraska ANG. If this is a PCS on your horizon, you probably have a lot of questions about things like weather, housing, and of course the visitors center. If you do, then this guide is for you! 

Despite what you might think, Nebraska is actually a pretty sweet duty station. In fact, Offutt is home to the 55th Wing – the largest Wing in Air Combat Command. As if that weren’t exciting enough, the base is also home to plenty of strategic AF units including STATCOM HQ and the Air Force Weather Agency. Nearby Bellevue boasts lots of old-school charm, so there’s plenty to see, do, and explore. 

Offutt AFB Location 

Offutt Air Force Base is located in Bellevue near the Missouri River in southeastern Nebraska. This desirable AF base is about 10 miles from downtown Omaha.

march at offutt air force base
Airmen assigned to the 55th Security Forces Squadron prepare for a ruck march at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., May 16, 2016 as part of the opening ceremony for National Police Week. For more than 49 years National Police Week has been a time dedicated to honor local, state and federal law enforcement members currently serving as well as remembering fallen officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Zachary Hada)

Directions

Offutt AFB can be reached by car using the following routes.

Heading in from the north? Take US-75 S and follow signs.

Coming from the south? Take I-29 N and follow signs.

Trekking in from the east? Take I-80 W to US-75 S and follow signs. 

Coming from the west? Take I-80 W to US-75 N and follow signs.

Transportation

Flying to the closest airports: Eppley Airfield

Eppley Airfield (17.1 miles) is served by 7 major and regional airlines and is the only airport near Offutt AFB.

Driving: Having a vehicle would allow you to visit nearby Omaha. Drives from the coasts will be longer, but Nebraska is pretty centrally located, so other drives shouldn’t be too long.

honor guard at offutt air force base
Offutt Air Force Base honor guard posts the colors during the U.S. Air Force Birthday Ball celebration Sept. 22, 2018 at CHI Health Center, Omaha, Nebraska. The 55th Wing was celebrating the Air Force’s 71st birthday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Charles J. Haymond)

Contacts at Offutt AFB

Airforce Inns: (402) 294-3671

Airman & Family Readiness: (402) 294-4329

Base Exchange: (402) 291-9100

Base Operator: (402) 294-1110

Bellevue Medical Center: (402) 763-3000

Chapel: (402) 294-6244

Child Development Center 1: (402) 294-2203

Civilian Personnel Office: (402) 294-3020

Commissary: (402) 294-6783

DEERS and ID Card Office: (402) 294-8979

EFMP – Enrollment:  (402) 294-2989

Ehrling Berquist Medical Clinic: (402) 232-2273

Equal Opportunity Office: (402) 294-3709

Family Advocacy: (402) 232-2273

Family Child Care Program: (402) 294-9017

Health Clinic: (402) 232-2273

Housing Office: (402) 294-6242

ID/CAC Card Processing: (402) 294-5019

Information and Referral Services: (402) 294-4329

Legal Assistance: (402) 294-3732

Lodging Reservations: (402) 294-3671

Military Personnel & ID Cards: (402) 294-2374

Outdoor Recreation: (402) 294-4049

Pharmacy: (402) 232-2273, ext. 23

Public Affairs Office: (402) 294-3663

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator: (402) 232-9999

School Liaison Office: (402) 294-4231

Visitor Control Center: (402) 294-7551

Welcome Center: (402) 827-8554

Mission and Units 

Offutt AFB provides worldwide reconnaissance, command and control, and combat support critical to warfighting commanders and national leadership.

This important AF base features several important Air Force organizations, including the 55th Wing, US Strategic Command Headquarters and the Omaha operating location of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.

The Offutt 55th Wing mission includes surveillance, intel, and recon. Several other units make their home at Offutt, including the 170th Group, the 595th Command and Control Group, and the 238th Combat Training Squadron. 

hangar at offutt air force base
The Lincoln Air Force Base proclamation ceremony takes place in the 155th Air Refueling Wing hangar, April 16, 2021, at the Nebraska National Guard air base in Lincoln. The 55th Wing will be relocated to Lincoln during runway renovations at Offutt Air Force Base for the next 18 months. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Shannon M. Nielsen)

Offutt AFB History

Just like lots of other AF installations, Offutt was initially an Army post. Back then, it was called Fort Crook. In fact, some of the Ft. Cook structures are still in use today! Here’s a great overview of the history of Ft. Crook if you’re interested.

Aviation featured heavily in the installation’s early history. The Army’s 61st Balloon Company was the first air unit to command the post. Later, the installation expanded and soon it could accommodate aircraft landings and takeoffs. Finally, in 1924 the airfield was designated Offutt Field, named after 1st Lt. Jarvis Offutt, who was killed in action while flying missions with the Royal Air Force in France during WWI.

During WWII, the Army Air Corps revamped Offutt to serve as a construction plant. The military needs bomber planes – and plenty of them. At the height of its production, the plant built  more than 500 B-29 Superfortress bombers. It also constructed more than 1500 B-26 Marauders. Most notably, the two aircraft responsible for flying atomic bomb missions over Japan.

In 1992, Offutt AFB became part of Air Combat Command (ACC) and became the host base for US STRATCOM. Then, five years later, it played an important role in the combining of Air Weather Service HQ at Scott AFB in Illinois and the Offutt Air Force Global Weather Center. This merging of the Air Force weather missions resulted in the Air Force Weather Agency. Around the base, it’s known as “the largest computerized weather facility in the world”.

Today Offutt AFB has a population of over 8,207 service members. Nearly 20,000 Airmen families call Offutt home. There are also 2,100 DoD civilians, over 1,500 regular civilians, and 10,639 retirees.

wounded warrior program at offutt air force base
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michele Prindle, non commission officier in charge of corrosion control with the 20th Maintenance Squadron, learns how to properly swim during the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program CARE event inside the Offutt Field House gym on Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., August 2, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Charles Haymond)

Things to Do Around Offutt AFB

Hotels

Comfort Inn & Suites Bellevue-Omaha Offutt AFB (3.5 miles)

SureStay Plus Hotel By Best Western Omaha South (3.1 miles)

Hampton Inn Bellevue (3.6 miles)

Restaurants

El Arepon Venezuelan Food (0.8 mile) – Venezuelan food

Swine Dining BBQ (1.6 miles) – Barbecue Restaurant

Luigi’s Italian Restaurant (1.5 miles) – Italian Restaurant

Activities

Boulder Creek Amusement Park (19 miles) offers rock climbing, two miniature golf courses, batting cages, snack bars, and more!

Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium (7.6 miles) has multiple attractions and over 17,000 animals on over 130 acres of land. It’s a great way to spend the day with your family.

Holland Performing Arts Center (12.9 miles) offers comedy shows, talks, concerts, and a host of other events that will brighten any evening.

programs at offutt air force base
An Offutt Camp attendee and volunteer U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chris Wroegler navigate their canoe around the Offutt Base Lake during the Exceptional Family Members Program’s Camp Offutt July 12 at Offutt AFB, Neb. This is the second year Offutt’s Exceptional Family Member Program has put on the camp to inspire the youth and enhance their confidence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger)

Offutt AFB Housing

As soon as you receive orders, call the Military Housing Office. Then, once you arrive, you’ll receive current information about what to expect for housing.

Mil families have the option of living on base in privatized housing or finding housing in the local communities. On base housing is owned and managed by America First Communities. 

Unaccompanied service members, ranked E-1 to E-3 and E-4s with less than three years of service are required to live on base. Amenities include a private sleeping room, furnishing, and supplies. 

Schools Near Offutt AFB 

Most mil-kids living on base attend Bellevue Public Schools. It’s the fifth largest school district in Nebraska! There are about 15 elementary schools in BPS, three middle schools, and two high schools. Depending on where you live, your mil-kids might be eligible to attend schools in one of several other districts. Speak with the School Liaison Officer for more information. 

fishing at offutt air force base
Members of the Offutt community relax at the base lake on July 8, 2017 during the annual fireworks display. The annual event included games, refreshments and a fireworks display at dusk. (U.S. Air Force photo by Zachary Hada)

Frequently Asked Questions

How important is Offutt AFB?

Offutt AFB is very important. It houses the largest wing in Air Combat Command and the second largest in the Air Force.

Where is Offutt AFB located?

Offutt AFB is located in southeastern Nebraska, about 10 miles outside of Omaha.

Is Offutt AFB a good base?

Whether or not a base is a good base to you is entirely subjective, but yes, we believe Offutt to be a good base!

What is Offutt AFB known for?

The two aircraft responsible for flying atomic bomb missions over Japan were built at Offutt, and in 1948 the base was selected to be the headquarters of the Air Force atomic strike mission, partly due to its remote location.

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