SARPY COUNTY, Nebraska – Offutt Air Force Base is once again operational.
On Friday, a ceremony marked the reopening of Offutt’s runway.
Even before March 2019 flooding destroyed a third of the primary runway, it was necessary to repair the runway.
The Pentagon conducted a review in 2018, and the $168.9 million project received funding in 2020.
During the approximately 18-month construction period, all of the large aircraft were relocated to Lincoln.
Following some training flights, the aircraft is now back in full operation.
Friday afternoon, the first aircraft landed at Offutt once more.
Col. Kristen Thompson, commander of the 55th Wing, landed her TC 135 Warhawk 01 on runway 13-31 eighteen months after the main runway at Offutt, constructed in 1941, was shut down for refurbishment.
A gathering comprised of military and political officials, as well as the families of approximately 750 Air Force and other servicemen temporarily stationed in Lincoln, was impressed.
“And I said, Offutt is a veteran of the cold war, and we needed to be that same veteran today for comparable reasons,” said Air Combat Command Commander General Mark Kelly. “Russian incursions into its neighbors and fears of Chinese aggression” The 55th Wing STRATCOM mission in the airmen who watch over the nation are more vital than ever because of Pacific Offutt’s facilities and Offutt’s geography.