WASHINGTON, DC.Today U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the top Republican on the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, participated in the Offutt Air Force Base runway re-opening ceremony and shared brief remarks.

“This is an important day for the community, for Nebraska, and for our nation’s security. Getting the Offutt runway from a state of disrepair in 2013 to today’s new runway took a lot of determination and collaboration with a variety of stakeholders. I will continue to work to ensure servicemembers at Offutt Air Force Base have the infrastructure and resources they need to carry out their missions and defend our country,” said Sen. Fischer.

Sen. Fischer has been deeply involved in the project since joining the Senate in 2013. This includes first convincing the Air Force to acknowledge the severity of the need, and then helping to secure the necessary authorizations and appropriations for the project from the initial design work in 2016 to its final conclusion. 

Offutt Air Force Base plays a valuable role in U.S. national security. The base is home to U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) and the U.S. Air Force’s 55th Wing.

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Background Resources:

(Omaha World Herald) As Offutt runway crumbles, some fear loss of 55th Wing (2015)

  • Fischer: “Upgrading the Runway is a top priority”

Fischer Meets with Air Force Secretary and Chief of Staff to Discuss Offutt Runway (2016)

(Omaha World Herald) Air Force will build new runway at Offutt Air Force Base, Fischer says (2016)

Fischer Applauds Announcement on Offutt Runway (2016)

Fischer Column: Working for Offutt (2016)

(Omaha World Herald) Air Force secretary visits Offutt, meets with Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer, tours flight line (2019)