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  • Heartland of America Band: Soothing the savage beast

    One of the most famous members of the Army Air Force Band is Maj. Glenn Miller from the swing era. Volunteering to entertain the troops during World War II, he joined in 1942. He formed a 50-piece band that performed approximately 800 times until his disappearance, when he was declared missing in action while flying over the English Channel in December 1944. Musicians that started in the 402nd Army Air Force Band were assigned to Offutt’s Strategic Air Command and became known as the Strategic Air Command Band. In June 1992, the band was re-designated to what we know it as today, the Heartland of America Band.
  • 55th Communications Squadron redesignated as cyber squadron

    The 55th Communications Squadron recently met all objectives required by the Air Force to be redesignated as the 55th Cyber Squadron.
  • Weather wing developing leaders with AD360

    A program has been developed in the 557th Weather Wing to bridge the gap in leadership development for the most valuable resource – our Airmen. It is called Airman Development 360 (AD360). It was developed for wing-level release in late 2020 and officially started in January 2021.
  • I am part of Team 19

    Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass flew into Lincoln Airport on one of Offutt Air Force Base’s aircraft, the E-4B National Airborne Operations Center, after spending a few hours learning about their day-to-day mission.
  • ACC leadership team visits Team Offutt

    Air Combat Command’s leadership team saw how the Airmen of the 55th Wing and 557th Weather Wing play a crucial role in the defense of the nation during a visit to Offutt Air Force Base July 20-22, 2021.
  • Air Force delivers better fitting body armor for female defenders

    The 55th Security Forces Squadron recently issued new body armor to Offutt defenders. What makes this piece of safety equipment special is it was designed to better protect females. For years, female defenders have worn the standard tactical vest issued to them. These standard vests come in different chest sizes and are basically flat. They were not designed with the female body frame in mind.
  • End of an era as final OC-135 aircraft officially retired

    The 55th Wing officially retired its final OC-135 Open Skies aircraft, tail number 670, during a ceremony at the Lincoln Airport June 4, 2021.
  • Not your average kit

    By definition, a kit is a set of articles, a set of parts, tools or supplies, which can be large or small and are packaged, mailed or transported by working sections. For a support section within the 55th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, a kit is something vital to ensuring mission accomplishment in a deployed location.
  • AFCEC initiative targets infrastructure readiness, disaster recovery

    First, it was Category 5 Hurricane Michael with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour and pure destruction as the eye passed directly over Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Oct. 10, 2018. A few months later and nearly 1,000 miles away, it was the icy waters of the Missouri and Platte rivers that engulfed nearly one third of Offutt AFB, Nebraska, following record rainfall and melting snow breaching nearby levees. Initially, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center Facility Engineering Directorate managed both of these recovery and rebuild projects through separate program management offices. They are now aligned under a new program office, the Natural Disaster Recovery Division.
  • 1AF’s 64th Air Expeditionary Group Airmen support COVID-19 response in 30 states

    Airmen managed by First Air Force (Air Forces Northern)’s 64th Air Expeditionary Group (AEG) are supporting Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) vaccination operations across FEMA Regions 5-10 that includes 30 states, four territories and the Republic of Marshall Islands. “To date, Airmen from the 64th AEG distributed almost 748,000 vaccinations, and I couldn’t be more pleased with their tenacious efforts supporting the whole-of-government effort,” said Lt. Gen. Kirk Pierce, commander, 1AF (AFNORTH).
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