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Congressional delegation announces update on Offutt Runway

Posted at 11:29 AM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 12:29:53-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — As the Air Force Civil Engineering Center intends to move forward with a full replacement of damaged tiles on the Offutt Air Force Base runway, several members of the Nebraska congressional delegation offered support of the project.

“The runway replacement at Offutt has been a top priority for me since my very first day in the U.S. Senate. Confirmation from the Air Force that the scope of this project will include a full runway repair is an incredibly positive result after years of hard work and collaboration. I will continue to work hard to ensure this critical project for Nebraska and our national defense stays on track,” said Senator Deb Fischer, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“The men and women serving at Offutt carry out critical military missions around the world. It’s our job to make sure they have the infrastructure and resources they need to complete that important work. A fully replaced runway is good news for decades to come,” said Senator Ben Sasse.

“I commend the Air Force for its decision to proceed with a full runway replacement at Offutt Air Force Base. This strategic investment will improve mission effectiveness and flight safety for the 55th Wing and United States Strategic Command, and benefit our national security and local economy for years to come. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson is a great partner and I look forward to continuing to work closely with her and her team to see this vision through to completion,” said Representative Don Bacon, a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

“A new runway at Offutt is great news for Nebraska’s economy and workforce, as well as our men and women in uniform who use it as a base for operations around the world. This upgrade has been a long time in the making and I appreciate the efforts of the Trump administration in working with our congressional delegation to ensure the U.S. Air Force continues to call Nebraska home,” said Representative Adrian Smith.

The full replacement will give the runway a lifespan of 40 to 50 years.