Newcomers

Right Start - Newcomer's Orientation/Information Fair

Mandatory to all newcomers to Offutt AFB. Held the first Wednesday of each month. Be informed of the Wing's unique mission, meet agency reps and get training on required items. More than 29 base agencies and private organizations provide information, answer your questions and provide freebies to attendees. Held in conjunction with the Right Start Program. Family members are encouraged to attend.

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Welcome to Offutt Air Force Base, home of the 55th Wing (the Fightin' Fifty-Fifth), and a variety of tenant units, including U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), the 557th Weather Wing and the Heartland of America Band. Offutt's diverse missions and global responsibilities put it on the cutting edge of the Air Force's transformation. Each branch of the US military is represented among the approximately 10,000 military and federal employees assigned here. Offutt is a beautiful community situated near the Missouri River in the rolling hills of southeastern Nebraska.


Officer and Enlisted Housing Area - Rising View is located two miles west of Offutt AFB and offers a variety of housing styles for junior NCOs, senior NCOs, company grade officers, field grade officers and senior officers. The majority of the community consists of two-story duplex homes with a two-car garage. Other home styles vary and may include single-level duplex homes with a single-car garage. Each newly constructed and/or renovated home is equipped with a stove, refrigerator, garbage disposal, dishwasher, microwave and central air conditioning. For more information, visit www.risingview.com or call 402-991-9840.

Child Care

Military and DOD civilian families can now search for child and youth care options through a single website. MilitaryChildCare.com provides comprehensive information on child care programs worldwide. Families can search for the care they need and submit a request for care anytime, anywhere. This website replaces the waitlist process at Child Development Centers, Youth Programs and Family Child Care.

Local Schools

For a complete listing of all public, private and home school groups that service our military students, please visit our School Liaison page! This page also includes information about preschool options in the local area.

Bellevue Public Schools - is the fourth largest school district in Nebraska. Serving 9,800 students in the Bellevue/Offutt community, BPS has 15 elementary schools, 3 middle schools and 2 senior high schools. The average class size in grades K-3 is 20, and 22.6 in grades 4-6. Students must be five years of age by October 15 to enroll in kindergarten.Secondary schools include college prep and vocational classes, award winning special education and high ability learner (gifted) programs. Each year their students bring home metro, state and national awards in such diverse fields as music, JROTC, English, auto mechanics and athletics. The average class size in grades 7-12 is 22.8.Bellevue is one of five school districts in the state selected as a model district by the Nebraska Department of Education. For more information, visit their website or call 402.293.4000.

Papillion-LaVista Schools - serve the Papillion, LaVista and Offutt community, just minutes from the base. PLSD has 2 high schools, 1 alternative school, two junior high schools and 14 elementary schools serving 9,400 students. One of the largest school districts in the state, their focus is "Excellence ... one student at a time."PLSD offers Early Childhood services, an English Language Learner Program (for students whose first language is not English), high ability learner programs and special education programs. Their secondary schools offer award winning programs in band, athletics, college prep, vocational and a Naval JROTC program among many others.You will find high academic expectations, quality programs and highly qualified and dedicated staffs in Papillion-LaVista schools. For more information visit their website or call 402.537.9998.

You will find a multitude of things to do on base - Fourth of July fireworks at the base lake, including boating and picnic facilities. The Offutt Open House Air Show - performances by the Heartland of America Band - and the list goes on! Visit the 55th Force Support Squadron website to learn about what is happening on base, each and every day!

History

The Strategic Air and Space Museum traces the history of the Strategic Air Command with military memorabilia and rare photographs and film footage. Aircraft and missile exhibits are on the grounds. The museum is located at exit 426 off I-80; for more information call 1-800-358-5029.

The General Crook House is the authentically restored quarters of General George Crook at historic Fort Omaha. General George Crook was a Civil War & National Indian Wars hero. The house features period furnishings, archives, documented wallpaper, and a Victorian Garden. Located at 30th and Fort Streets; call (402) 455-9990.

Historic sites in Bellevue include the First Presbyterian Church on Franklin Street; the Log Cabin on Hancock Street; the Fontenelle Bank building on Main Street; and the Omaha and Southern Railroad Depot on 24th Ave and Clay. http://www.gosarpy.com/attractions/museums.asp

The Sarpy County Historical Museum contains early and mid-1800s period rooms highlighting Native Americans, fur traders and early pioneers.
Go to: http://www.gosarpy.com/attractions/museums.asp

Sports

University of Nebraska at Lincoln (Cornhuskers)

University of Nebraska at Omaha (Mavericks)

Omaha Storm Chasers: The Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals major league club - plays at Werner Park in Papillion.

River City Lancers Hockey Team (US Hockey League) plays at The Ralston Arena in Ralston

College World Series: Every June at the TD Ameritrade Ball Park in Omaha!

Popular Attractions

Henry Doorly Zoo was named the Best Zoo in America according to Reader's Digest, May 2004 edition. Omaha's Zoo is home to the world's largest indoor rainforest, the Desert Dome, nocturnal exhibit and indoor swamp, a world-class aquarium (Kingdom of the Seas), a brand new state-of-the-art gorilla complex (Hubbard Gorilla Valley), over 4,500 exotic animals, and an IMAX Theater. It's a must see for all ages! Located at 3701 S 10th St, for more information call (402) 733-8401.

Boys Town, founded in 1917 by Father Edward Flanagan, is a National historic Landmark which features tours of Father Flanagan's Shrine and Historic House, Hall of History, Bible and Rose Gardens, Dowd Catholic & Chamber Protestant Chapel. Located at 137th St. and W Dodge Rd, for more information call (402) 498-1140.

Omaha Children's Museum provides a place for children to learn, explore and create in the worlds of science, the arts and the humanities. See a child sized replica of downtown Omaha. Self-directed exhibits stimulate imagination, creativity, exploration and discovery. Located at 500 S 20th St, for more information call (402) 444-5071.

The Old Market is a restored National Historic District with trendy shops, restaurants, galleries and theaters in downtown Omaha.

Gene Leahy Mall nestled in the middle of downtown Omaha, has gardens, sculptures, an amphitheater for summer concerts, and walking paths. Just a few blocks from the Old Market, it is a great place to walk off a heavy meal. Located at 14th and Farnam Streets; call (402) 444-5955 for more information.

Arts

The Orpheum Theater is home to the Omaha Symphony. The theater is a restored vaudeville and movie house built in 1927; it also hosts touring theatrical productions and national musical and comedy performers. The Orpheum is located at 409 S 16th St. For more information call (402) 444-4750.

Bellevue Little Theater, a renovated movie house from the 1940's, is a fitting locale for award winning local community theatre, just outside the back gate to the base..

Joslyn Art Museum is Nebraska's only fine arts museum with an encyclopedic collection, featuring works from antiquity to the present. The museum presents special exhibits and a variety of music programs. The museum is located at 2200 Dodge St; for more information call (402) 342-3300.

Omaha Community Playhouse is one of the nation's largest community theatres with two state-of-the-art performing spaces and its own professional touring company. Ten plays are offered annually including the classic "A Christmas Carol." The playhouse is located at 6915 Cass St; for more information call: (402) 553-0800.

The CenturyLink Center: Omaha's premier convention center and area, home to the Creighton Bluejays basketball, and UNO Maverick hockey, concerts, trade shows and conventions.

The Holland Performing Arts Center: located at 13th and Douglas Streets in Omaha, presenting the finest local, national and international artistic performances.

Opera Omaha: the only professional opera company in Nebraska, produces a season of original mainstage productions at the Orpheum Theater.

Parks

http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/parks/
Describes all parks & recreation areas with maps and helpful information.

Fontenelle Forest Nature Center: experience miles of trails winding among 1,300 acres of wooded hills; lush green hollows, across marshes and prairies. Fontenelle Forest is located at 111 N Bellevue Blvd; for more information call (402) 731-3140.

Omaha Metro Area Trails: for the outdoor enthusiast. This is an extensive trail system throughout the city for walking, biking, skating, etc. Go to the website and click on trails for maps and detailed information.

For more fun happenings around Omaha and Sarpy County (from music, to nightlife, to family outings, to local news and events) visit:

Omaha World Herald:
http://www.omaha.com/
Sarpy County Visitors Bureau:
http://www.gosarpy.com/
Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce:
http://www.sarpychamber.org/
Nebraska State Tourism:
http://www.visitnebraska.com/