Offutt Air Force Base
The 55th Wing’s mission statement is, “Provide dominant intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); electronic attack (EA); command and control (C2); and agile combat support to national leadership and warfighters across the spectrum of conflict – any time, any place” The 55th Wing is composed of five groups at Offutt AFB, as well as various other locations worldwide.
United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) is one of the ten Unified Combatant Commands of the United States Department of Defense (DoD). USSTRATCOM was established in 1992 as a successor to Strategic Air Command (SAC). It is charged with space operations (such as military satellites), information operations (such as information warfare), missile defense, global command and control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR), global strike and strategic deterrence (the United States nuclear arsenal), and combating weapons of mass destruction.
There are over 8,207 military members, 18,000 dependents, 2,100 DoD civilians, 1,500 regular civilians, and 10,639 retirees assigned to Offutt Air Force Base.
Reservations at Offutt Inns can be made up to 120 days in advance and prior to receiving permanent change of station orders. Reservations must be reconfirmed three days prior to your arrival and will be canceled at 6 p.m. on the check-in date unless guaranteed with a credit card. To make reservations or for further information, call (402) 294-3671 or DSN 271-3671.
Your CSS will schedule you for a briefing to complete all finance and military personnel flight in-processing. Be sure to bring several copies of your PCS orders, all travel documents, your personnel records and your medical records. The briefing also includes a section on family readiness and TRICARE at Offutt. Plan on spending one to two hours at this briefing.
All First Term Airmen must complete FTAC within 30 days of arriving at their first duty station. Upon their arrival, units must send these Airmen to the Professional Development Center (Bldg C, Room 120) to register for FTAC. The focus of FTAC has shifted from in-processing to developing the next generation of leaders. The FTAC will now include lessons known as “Airmanship 300,” with lessons on Team Building, What Now Airman guided discussions focusing on ethical dilemmas, and Enhancing Human Capital. Additional topics will be covered during the five day course to help the Airmen transition from a training environment to a mission oriented, operational environment.
In accordance with Air Force Instruction 36-2706, all Department of Defense personnel will receive equal opportunity human relations education within 30 days of arrival. These briefings are designed for individuals to comprehend and recall Air Force, Air Combat Command and local installation commander’s “Zero Tolerance” policy regarding unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment. For appropriate scheduling, contact the EO office at (402) 294-3709 or DSN 271-3709.
Right Start Orientation is a four-and-a-half hour briefing that is mandatory for all personnel in-processing to Offutt. It’s a one-stop orientation that covers all required newcomer briefings except the finance and travel briefings. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend.
Eppley Airfield (OMA) is about 17 miles north of Offutt AFB and is about a 25-minute drive by car.
The primary mode of transportation in Omaha is by automobile, with several major interstates and highways running through the city. In 2017, Omaha was ranked as the 26th most walkable of 50 large cities in the United States. The city offers an extensive trail system for walkers, runners, cyclists and pedestrian modes of transportation.
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Nebraska school, a child must be at least five years old on or before July 31st of the school year. Check with the local school district for other requirements. In Nebraska, the compulsory school age is set at age 6 by January 1 of each year.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
Bellevue Public Schools is the fourth largest school district in Nebraska. Serving 9,800 students in the Bellevue/Offutt community, BPS has 15 elementary schools, three middle schools and two senior high schools. The average class size in grades K-3 is 20, and 22.6 in grades 4-6.
Papillion LaVista Schools serve the Papillion, LaVista and Offutt communities, just minutes from the base. PLSD has two high schools, one alternative school, two junior high schools and 14 elementary schools serving 9,400 students. One of the largest school districts in the state, their focus is “Excellence … one student at a time.”
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Sarpy/Cass Health Department (402) 471-3121
The Sarpy Cass Health Department strives to provide the highest quality of life for all Sarpy and Cass County residents. Their mission is to improve the lives of all residents through prevention, promotion, and protection of the public’s health.
Department of Children and Family Services (402) 471-3121
The Division of Children and Family Services includes child welfare, adult protective services, economic assistance programs and the youth rehabilitation and treatment centers.
Nebraska Humane Society (402) 444-7800
Omaha Public Library (402) 444-4800
Omaha Police Department (402) 444-5600
Sarpy County DMV (402) 593-2148
Base Operator (402) 294-1110
Airman & Family Readiness Center (402) 294-4329
Chaplain (402) 294-6244
Commissary (402) 294-6783
Dental Clinic (402) 232-2273
Education Center (402) 294-5716
Exchange (402) 291-9101
Finance (402) 294-3300
ID Card Section (402) 294-2374
Legal Office/JAG (402) 294-3732/3733
Medical Appointments (402) 232-2273
Military Clothing Sales (402) 294-3649
Military Housing Office (402) 294-6242
Pharmacy Information (402) 232-2273
Privatized Housing (402) 991-9840
Offutt Inns (402) 294-3671
School Liaison Office (402) 294-4329
Unaccompanied Housing (402) 294-4329
Veterinarian (402) 294-3089
On-base housing at Offutt Air Force Base is privatized and managed by Rising View. The base has three housing areas which include:
Capehart Housing is located two miles west of Offutt AFB and offers a variety of housing styles for Junior NCOs, Senior NCOs, Company Grade Officers, Field Grade Officers, and Senior Officers.
Coffman Heights is privatized housing located on the base and offers a variety of housing styles for Junior NCOs, Senior NCOs, and Senior Officers.
Fort Crook Historic Housing is located in the center of the base. The Historic Housing consists of two housing areas: NCO Row and General’s Row.
Come to the Airman & Family Readiness Center for information on the community and other relocation services. The Airman & Family Readiness Center’s phone number is (402) 294-4329.
5.9 miles from base
Shadow Lake is a quiet, family-friendly community close to shopping with many military families in the area.
6.0 miles from base
Cottonwood is located in Papillion with parks and schools nearby. This area is just 15 minutes from Omaha.
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In Omaha, the summers are warm, humid, and wet; the winters are freezing, dry, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 16°F to 87°F and is rarely below -2°F or above 96°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 24 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 76°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 87°F and low of 68°F. The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 26 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 44°F. The coldest day of the year is January 13, with an average low of 16°F and high of 34°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.8 months, from April 10 to October 2, with a greater than 25% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 43% on June 7. The drier season lasts about six months, from October 2 to April 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 7% on January 9.
Offutt Air Force Base is located just south of Omaha, Nebraska on the Missouri River, close to the western Iowa border. Omaha is a stop on the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail and is known for its pioneer history, museums and cultural centers.
The area surrounding Omaha features plenty of things to do, including festivals, museums and family-friendly attractions. The popular Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium spearheads conservation work and features a big cat complex as well as indoor jungle, rainforest and desert habitats. The Omaha Children’s Museum features a child-size replica of downtown Omaha, along with other exhibits and activities that will allow your child to explore the wonders of science, the arts and the humanities.
On the edge of the Missouri River, Lauritzen Gardens is a large botanical garden with seasonal exhibits. Just north, the Joslyn Art Museum showcases works by Rembrandt and Monet in art deco and contemporary buildings. The Durham Museum exhibits regional photographs and artifacts in the art deco Union Station, a former railway station. Within the cobblestoned Old Market, a shopping and dining district, lies the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. The Omaha Community Playhouse, Holland Performing Arts Center and the Rose Theater are other performing arts spaces that contribute to the city’s rich cultural scene.
Some other points of interest include Fun-plex Water Park and Rides, the Mt. Crescent Ski area, Zorinsky Lake Park, and Lake Manawa State Park.
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