Offutt Air Force Base
478 Butler Blvd., Bellevue, Nebraska 68113
Offutt Air Force Base is a U.S. Air Force base 10 miles south of Omaha, and lies adjacent to Bellevue in Sarpy County, Nebraska. The base is just six miles south of Interstate 80 at the Intersection of Capehart Road and U.S. Highway 75. It is the host station for the 55th Wing (55 WG), the largest wing of the United States Air Force’s Air Combat Command. Additionally, the base is home to many significant associate units, including US Strategic Command Headquarters, the Air Force Weather Agency, the Omaha operating location of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, and many others.
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.
Arriving at Offutt Air Force Base
There is one major airport in the metro Omaha area. Eppley Airfield is four miles northeast of downtown Omaha at 4501 Abbott Drive, off Highway 480 North and Sorenson Expressway. There are also two small noncommercial airports in the Omaha area. North Omaha Airport is located on North 72nd Street in Omaha and Millard Airport is located at 12916 Millard Airport Plaza in West Omaha.
Meet your sponsor at the Offutt Welcome Center if you arrive during business hours. If you want to have mail forwarded to you at Offutt, you can use the following address: (Your Rank and Name), 110 Airman Circle Ste 99999, Offutt AFB, NE 68113-2070.
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. Reservations may also be faxed to (402) 294-3199 or sent via e-mail to 55SVS.Lodging@offutt.AF.mil.Advance military pay is available within 30 days prior to PCSing and up to 60 days after arrival at your new permanent duty station.
E-5s and above may request one month advance pay (minus deductions) without commander’s approval and up to three months with commander’s signature. E-4s and below will require commander’s signature regardless of the number of months. Repayment on advance military pay is 12 months with an available extension of up to 24 months, again with commander’s approval.
When you arrive at Offutt Air Force Base, you will need to sign in at your unit commander’s support staff office. Your leave enroute ends the day you sign in. Talk to your sponsor, your supervisor or an expert in your unit about when to sign in. Remember, you must sign in before or on your Report No Later Than Date.
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.
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.