Lincoln welcomes U.S. Air Force’s 55th Wing
The 55th Wing will be relocated to Lincoln for 18 months.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska Air National Guard hosted a welcome event on Friday for the U.S. Air Force’s 55th Wing. The wing relocated its operations to the Lincoln airport while the Offutt Air Force Base undergoes rebuilding of its runway.
The 55th Wing is making its first trip to the Capitol City since the flood damage to the Offutt Air Force Base in 2019.
“The people of Nebraska are just so proud to contribute to the nation’s defense by supporting Offutt Air force Base,” Governor Pete Ricketts said. “This is an important part of how we keep the peace worldwide. We’re just so pleased as Nebraskans to be able to offer that.”
With the 900 airmen coming to Lincoln from Offutt, along with the current personnel, Governor Ricketts said Nebraska will have an air force that is larger than most countries’ air forces.
“It’s that great partnership between the two wings where they can come over here and integrate seamlessly,” Air National Guard Director Gen. Michael A. Loh said.
During the ceremony, nose art was unveiled for the 55th’s RC-135 and the 155th’s KC-135 refueling aircraft.
“This is just another opportunity to strengthen the relationships and to work together collaboratively to achieve a shared goal,” Lincoln Mayor Gaylor Baird said.