OFFUTT AFB

Offutt AFB Overview

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Location and Directions

The grave of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jarvis Offutt with a 56 Squadron wreath December 2017, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Nebraska. Offutt Air Force Base was named after 1st Lt. Offutt, who died while serving with 56 Squadron of the Royal Air Force. (Courtesy Photo)

 

Location

Offutt AFB is ten miles south of downtown Omaha. Offutt is located in Bellevue, in Sarpy County, Nebraska, just six miles south of Interstate 80, just off US Hwy 75, the Kennedy Freeway, at the Intersection of Capehart Rd and US Hwy 75. This is a low cost of living area and the public schools are wonderful. The base operator's phone number is 402-294-1110, or DSN 312-271-1110.

Directions to Offutt AFB

Offutt AFB no longer requires base stickers for privately owned vehicles (POVs). The driver must show a current ID card when entering the base, and must be able to produce current registration and proof of insurance for the vehicle if asked.

Driving from the East, West, or North

Take Interstate 80 to US Highway 75 South, the Kennedy Freeway to Bellevue. To enter the Kenney Gate, go south approximately six miles and exit at Nebraska Highway 370. Turn left and go under the overpass to the second exit (Offutt AFB/Ft Crook Rd). Turn right off the exit, get into the left lane and turn into the Kenney Gate (with all the flags).

To enter the SAC Gate, go south approximately seven miles and exit at Offutt AFB/Capehart Rd. Turn left. The SAC Gate is straight ahead approximately one mile. The Visitor's Center is at the SAC gate.

Driving from the South

From the south, exit Interstate 29 at exit number 42 in Iowa, and turn west on Iowa Highway 370. Go four miles. Cross the Bellevue Toll Bridge (toll is $1.00 one way). Continue straight on Nebraska Highway 370 (Mission Blvd). At the 4th stoplight (Lincoln Rd), turn left and enter the base straight ahead. This is the Bellevue Gate.

Airports

Arriving by Air

Omaha is served by Eppley Air Field, which lies north of the downtown area. If you are renting a car and driving to Offutt, head south of Abbot Drive and follow the signs to I 480 East. Once you enter I 480 East, stay to the far right for about 1 mile across the river and exit onto I 29 South toward Kansas City. Again stay to the right for about 1½ miles and exit onto I-80 West. After crossing the river again, go about 2 miles and follow the signs to US 75 South toward Bellevue. Then follow directions above to the Kenney or SAC gates of Offutt AFB. There is no public transportation or shuttle service from the airport to the base. There are taxis you can take, however.

 

History

History

Offutt's heritage began with the construction of Fort Crook, an Army outpost, which was completed in 1896, and named for Major General George Crook, a renowned Indian fighter and Civil War hero. In the spring of 1921, a flying field was created and designated as Offutt Field in May 1924 in honor of 1st Lt Jarvis J. Offutt, Omaha's first World War I air casualty. In late 1940, Fort Crook was chosen as the site for a bomber construction plant which produced a total of 531 B-29 Superfortresses and 1,585 B-26 Marauders before the end of World War II. These included the Enola Gay and Bock's Car, the two B-29s that dropped atomic bombs in Japan. Production ended in September 1945. In June 1946, Fort Crook and the bomber plant facilities were redesignated as Offutt Field and transferred to the Department of the Air Force on January 13, 1948, to become Offutt Air Force Base. Offutt became the host base for Headquarters Strategic Air Command on November 9, 1948. The Strategic Air Command was disestablished June 1, 1992 and the new, unified command, US Strategic Command was activated. The command of this joint headquarters is rotated between Air Force and Navy. At the time Strategic Air Command was disestablished, Offutt AFB became part of the Air Combat Command. For more history visit Offutt's homepage.

 

Mission

Mission

Offutt AFB provides dominant intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance; electronic attack; command and control; and precision awareness to national leadership and warfighters across the spectrum of conflict any time, any place.

 

Base Population

Population Served

  • Military: 8,855
  • Dependents: 9,744
  • DoD Civilians: 2,957
  • Other Civilians: 1,742
  • Retirees in Area: 10,639

 

Transportation

Base Transportation

Offutt AFB offers a base shuttle bus that will allow you to get near most work locations on the base. The base shuttle runs Monday through Friday excluding holidays and weekends. The daily schedule is as follows: 6:15 am - 9:00 a m, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. During ACC, 55th Wing productivity days and base exercise the bus route will run as mission permits during the following hours only: 6:45 am - 8:15 am, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

 

Sponsorship and Relocation Assistance

Sponsorship

Meet your sponsor at the Bellevue Public Schools Center building which is located off Highway 370 and Ft. Crook Rd. The Center is down the street from Offut AFB Kenney Gate (known as the Flag Gate). 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. Contact your gaining unit to be assigned a sponsor prior to your arrival.

Relocation Assistance

Your unit will schedule you for inprocessing the base and attendance at newcomer orientation. Come to the Airman and Family Readiness Center for information on the community and other relocation services. The Airman and Family Readiness Center phone number is 402-294-4329 or DSN 312-271-4329.

Important Items to hand carry:

  • Copies of your PCS orders
  • All moving paperwork, inventory, etc.
  • Employment records of family members
  • Medical, dental and immunization records for entire family
  • School records for children and adults
  • Pet records and immunizations

Sponsorship Training

Visit My Training Hub and log in with your Common Access Card, or CAC, to take the eSponsorship Application & Training. The course will walk you through your sponsorship duties and help you find the resources and information your newcomer is going to need. Families can be an important part of the sponsorship process. If your family members want to learn more about sponsorship or if they want to become a sponsor, they can access the Sponsorship Awareness for Families and complete sponsorship training through My Training Hub with an email address and password. The Sponsorship Awareness for Families course includes the same resources and information as the CAC-enabled version.

Moving is a way of life for service members and their families. Resources like MilitaryINSTALLATIONS, Plan My Move and Military OneSource can help smooth that transition. The Sponsorship Program supports sponsors with training and access to important information and resources.

Sponsorship Program goals include the following:

  • Providing newcomers with a sense of belonging
  • Easing the transition for inbound service members or civilians and their family members
  • Increasing productivity
  • Helping newcomers make informed decisions
  • Cultivating new friendships
  • Improving morale

A sponsor is assigned by a newcomer's gaining unit and helps the newcomer before, during and after a move. If you haven't been assigned a sponsor, you can request a sponsor through your new unit or through MilitaryInstallations. Units try to match sponsors and service members by rank and family status.

Sponsorship duties include the following:

  • Contacting the service member and family with an introductory email
  • Following up with the member's preferred method of contact
  • Sending information about the new community and duty assignment, responding to questions and providing resource information
  • Confirming transportation and lodging arrangements
  • Assisting with post office arrangements
  • Meeting service members and family members upon arrival
  • Accompanying service members to unit check-in point
  • Introducing service members to the Military and Family Support Center and loan closet, if available
  • Orienting service members and families to the installation and key locations, such as the commissary

Note: Responsibilities may vary based on service-specific policies and guidance.

For more information on the Sponsorship Program, contact your installation Relocation Assistance Program office or, in the Marine Corps, the Information and Referral office.

Youth Sponsorship Program

Many installations give kids the chance to get to meet a new friend and become acquainted with their new installation through the installation’s youth program. Where available, they can exchange emails, talk on the phone or chat online. For more information, visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and click on Youth Services and your new installation. The youth program staff at your new installation can offer more information on the Youth Sponsorship Program. Families with children may also want to visit Military Kids Connect, an online community for military children and youth. The site offers games, videos and links to teen-led installation tours.

Temporary Quarters

Temporary Quarters

Personnel coming to Offutt are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible. Remember, even if you have a reservation you MUST call Billeting at 402-294-3671 or DSN 312-271-3671, 24 hours prior to your arrival to confirm your reservation. Since there are only 4 units that accept pets, it is best to make reservations for boarding your pet prior to arriving at Offutt.

Critical Information

Critical Installation Information

Weather

Offutt Air Force Base is located in an area that is subject to severe seasonal weather. There are occasional wind chill warnings in winter, and thunderstorms with tornado potential in summer. Local warning systems are excellent, both on and off base.

Telephone Access

Offutt AFB is in the 402 area code. Commercial base numbers have the prefix of 294 or 232. The DSN prefix is 271 for the 294 numbers and 272 for the 232 numbers. The base operator can be reached at 402-294-1110 or DSN 312-271-1110.

Child Development Center

The Child Development Center (CDC) at Offutt has a waiting list. To get your name on the list before arrival, got to Military Child.Com

Passports and Visas

Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.

These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. Therefore, as a last reiteration, it is essential, members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.

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