OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) _ Offutt Air Force Base just south of Omaha has been selected as one of five finalists for location of a drone wing mission control unit.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that drones would be controlled from that site, but no aircraft would be assigned to Offutt.
The announcement that Offutt was chosen as one of the five finalists out of nearly 20 bases that applied to host the unmanned aerial vehicle mission follows the Pentagon’s decision in June to allocate $55 million to repair Offutt’s deteriorating runway.
Democratic state Rep. Brad Ashford of Omaha says the future of Offutt and the entire Omaha area will be strong if it’s selected for the new mission.
Gov. Pete Ricketts says the mission could help Offutt thrive for years to come.