The year is 1888, and Pres. Grover Cleveland has just signed into law a bill that will lead to the establishment of Fort Crook. In 1948, that Army post gained a new name: Offutt Air Force Base. The history of Offutt Air Force Base is truly unlike that of any other military installation. In the face of adversity, it has overcome challenges during the United States’ rise to global prominence, was active during the golden age of flight, and served as a wartime bomber plant. The base remained ever vigilant during the Cold War and continues to do so as a combatant of 21st-century threats. Its remarkable existence of nearly 125 years can serve as a road map of US history. Today, the 55th Wing serves as the host unit for Offutt Air Force Base; its motto, “Videmus Omnia” (“We See All”), can also be applied to the saga of the base.
About the Author
Ben Justman, of the Sarpy County Museum, with the grateful assistance of Offutt Air Force Base, has searched through numerous archives, including that of the Sarpy County Museum, as well as personal collections to present this book that vividly depicts the historical lineage of Offutt Air Force Base.
Table of Contents
1 Old Army Post: The Early Years 11
2 To the Skies: Air Power and Interwar Years 31
3 Weather the Storm: The War Years 49
4 In Darkening Storms or Sunshine Fair: Strategic Air Command 73
5 On the Frontier: Beyond the Cold War 115
About the Sarpy County Museum 127