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Photos: Offutt Air Force Base through the years

Photos: Offutt Air Force Base through the years

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A historical overview of Offutt Air Force Base, longtime headquarters of the Strategic Air Command during the Cold War and current headquarters of what's now known as the Strategic Command. 

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The project had been scheduled to begin in December but is now being pushed back to October 2020, with completion one year later. And the cost of the project, estimated at $130 million when it was announced in January, has now jumped to $176 million, said Col. Alan Dayton, who heads Offutt’s 55th Mission Support Group. 

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Vice Admiral Charles Richard, nominated to lead U.S. Strategic Command, testified Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is reviewing his nomination. He said that the nation’s “triad” of nuclear weapons delivered by land, air and sea must be “safe, secure, reliable and effective,” but he declined to take a stance on whether the U.S. should withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty.

The war planners called it Operation Tidal Wave. Today, it is considered by many historians the most spectacular air raid of the war: dozens of bombers flying hundreds of miles just above the treetops, to rain 35 minutes of hellfire on a critical cog in the Nazi war machine. Historians also called it "Black Sunday." It was the Army Air Corps' worst single-day loss of the war.

Navy Adm. Charles Richard, the head of U.S. Strategic Command, testified Thursday on President Donald Trump’s proposed military budget and shot down suggestions that it represents the start of an arms race. “No nation has done more than the United States to reduce the reliance on nuclear weapons," he told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "No nation has divested more nuclear weapons than the United States has.”


By June 1942, Martin-Nebraska had begun to turn out 50 B-26 Marauders a month. In World War II, the B-26 earned the title “most survivable” — it had the lowest loss rate of any Allied bomber.

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