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  • Rescue dogs help heal wounded warriors

    The Office of the Warrior Advocate is a first-of-its-kind organization that was founded by two wounded warriors that saw a need. It is in that same spirit of seeing needs and answering the call that service dogs are becoming part of Offutt’s landscape and cultural norms. Organically, a small group of veterans was in the right place, with the right skills, the right heart, and passion to create a system that would help their fellow wingmen who were suffering from invisible wounds.
  • Offutt restores training capabilities with new simulator

    The 55th Operations Group is constructing a new aircrew training device as part of an effort to replace the three ATDs destroyed in the Offutt Air Force Base March flood. This new simulator is needed to aid Team Offutt initial, requalification and continuation air crew training in an organized environment.
  • Offutt runway closure delayed 10 months

    The 55th Wing’s runway replacement at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, has been pushed back from December 2019 to October 2020. The ten-month delay of the runway closure allows for demolition and earthwork to begin before winter and sets up the program to be in the asphalt and concrete work phase by spring 2021.
  • RASCAL restoring readiness, the Air Force way

    A Rapid Assistance Support for Calibration unit arrived at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, May 6, 2019, to re-establish the base’s capability to calibrate equipment, which was lost in the flood. RASCAL is a mobile Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory intended for use worldwide where PMEL capabilities are needed. It is one of only two in the Air Force that allows deployable PMEL capabilities.
  • Airman wins chance to perform at Omaha’s MAHA Music Festival

    It’s 7:08 p.m. and the rain, beyond the storefront window of the B Side Theatre, has subsided allowing the setting sun to brighten the dimly-lit confines of the Benson music hall in Omaha, Nebraska. Airman 1st Class Mario Foreman-Powell, a United States Air Force Heartland of America Band vocalist, sits behind a keyboard - stage left, it’s his turn to shine and win the last remaining spot in the MAHA Music Festival lineup.
  • Offutt’s pavement team serve as unsung heroes

    Offutt’s pavement team has been working since November to keep snow off the roads, patch potholes and complete a myriad of other duties to ensure the mission continues. And with a winter that included more than 50 inches of snow, they were not lacking for opportunities to excel.
  • Offutt’s flood brings out the best

    At 11 a.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019, the 55th Wing leadership team met to discuss what needed to be accomplished to protect assets and facilities from possible flood waters that were creeping towards the installation. Using lessons learned from a flood here in 2011, they knew that if the levy was breached significant flooding would occur to the southeastern side of the base. From the moment the water level started to rise, volunteers worked to relocate supplies, memorabilia and mission essential equipment. The effort was directed in a strategic manner to relocate as much as possible while keeping everyone helping safe.
  • Supercomputing the weather with ‘Thor’

    Thor models global weather patterns and provides individual air bases and army units with specific forecasts for areas as small as 17 square kilometers. The computer system is comprised of nearly 1,000 individual blade servers. Thor’s increased capacity allows weather Airmen at Offutt to generate initial conditions and process them. Locally produced baseline data, combined with Thor’s increased processing speed, results in forecasts reaching the warfighter in half the time. This gives forecasters and mission planners up to three extra hours to exploit forecasts.
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