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 Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA) 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.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James Harper
“Right Start” is the mandatory in-processing briefing for all military and DoD civilian personnel new to the base. At Offutt AFB the “Right Start Briefing” is held the first Wednesday of each month at the Patriot Club from 0730 to 1130 hours.
Included in the briefing is a relocation/information fair to address the individual needs of the newcomer; base services available, points of interest for family members, job information for spouses and much more!
Spouses are highly encouraged to attend this briefing and learn about their new community. Free daycare is available for those attending. For more information, or to RSVP for the next “Right Start Briefing” please call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 294-4329.
We’ll help you get off to the “Right Start”!
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
Part of moving in means learning about your new community. Join us at “Right Start”! Free daycare is available.
For a complete listing of all public and private schools that service our military students, please visit our School Liaison page!
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 www.bellevuepublicschools.org 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 www.paplv.org 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!
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; http://omahahistory.org/museum.htm
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
University of Nebraska at Lincoln (Cornhuskers): www.huskers.com
University of Nebraska at Omaha (Mavericks): gomavs.unomaha.edu
Omaha Royals Baseball, Class AAA farm club of the Kansas City Royals, plays at Rosenblatt Stadium April-September. www.oroyals.com
River City Lancers Hockey Team (US Hockey League) plays at the Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs. www.rclancers.com
College World Series: http://www.cwsomaha.com/
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 or visit http://www.omahazoo.com/
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 or go to their website: www.girlsandboystown.org
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 or go to: www.ocm.org
The Old Market is a restored National Historic District with trendy shops, restaurants, galleries and theaters in downtown Omaha. Check out the website: http://www.omahaoldmarket.com/
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.
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 or go to: www.omahasymphony.org
Bellevue Little Theater, a renovated movie house from the 1940’s, is a fitting locale for award winning local community theatre. For directions and more information visit their website at: http://www.bellevuelittletheatre.com/
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 or go to: http://www.joslyn.org/
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 or go to: www.omahaplayhouse.com
Qwest Center Omaha Convention and arena: http://www.qwestcenteromaha.com/
Omaha Performing Arts Center: http://www.omahaperformingarts.org/opac.asp
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 go to: www.fontenelleforest.org
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:
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Bellevue/Offutt Homeschool Group
Healthcare for College Students
Your 18-year-old daughter is moving out of your house to be closer to the university, where she'll be attending school full-time. Now what? The following is a summary of how a student's healthcare needs may be covered under several TRICARE options: