Military & Defense


We Serve, Salute and Soar.

The feeling is pronounced – that lump in your throat triggered by a deep sense of patriotism. We are proud to support those who serve our nation and preserve our freedoms, and we are proud that our efforts have earned a national ranking as one of the country’s top military-friendly cities 1.

Home to dozens of defense-related companies dedicated to global security by providing services ranging from protecting the homeland to managing government information systems for crucial operations such as at Offutt Air Force Base, USSTRATCOM and the Air Force Weather Agency.

The Peter Kiewit Institute’s (PKI) supercomputer attracts defense industry projects and PKI is certified by the NSA. The school provides highly trained students with security clearances to industry for work on our nation’s most vexing problems.

Offutt Air Force Base

We enjoy a symbiotic relationship with Offutt Air Force Base, one of our largest employers. Its operations support a combined military and civilian workforce of approximately 10,000 people, and its profound impact on our economy averages almost two billion dollars annually 2.

Offutt plays a crucial role in U.S. national defense, housing the 55th Wing, Air Combat Command’s largest wing; headquarters for United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM); the Air Force Weather Agency; the 595th Command & Control Group, stationed at Offutt AFB and aligned under the 8th Air Force and Air Force Global Strike Command, and the new Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) Annex.

USSTRATCOM broke ground in late fall of 2012 on a state-of-the-art command and control center. The estimated $1.1 billion project is projected to be completed in the fall of 2018 with full occupancy expected by the end of that year.

Offutt’s core missions include deterrence, space, cyberspace global weather, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The community and Greater Omaha business leaders organized the Nebraska Military Support Coalition to support existing missions and seek new ones.

  1. Source: Altman, George. “Best for Vets: Places to Live 2016”, Military Times, Sept. 27, 2016 ↩︎
  2. Source: Offutt Air Force Base, 2016 Economic Impact Analysis ↩︎

Military Target Advisory Group

More than volunteers, community-focused experts proudly supporting those who serve our nation and preserve our freedoms.

The Chamber’s Military Target Advisory Group (TAG) carries out multiple functions, all of them aimed at ensuring a vibrant and enduring military presence in Nebraska and Greater Omaha.

Our three-part charge encompasses:

Base Enhancement

  • Supporting the efforts of the Department of Defense and Congress to enhance and maintain Offutt Air Force Base and other military installations in Nebraska and Greater Omaha
  • Serving as a lead in identifying and addressing Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) issues

Mission Enhancement

  • Positively engaging the public, military leadership, elected representatives and other support groups to expand the scope of Nebraska- and Greater Omaha-based military mission sets

Civilian Engagement

  • Enhancing the effectiveness of, and seeking to create, military-civilian partnership opportunities inside and outside the gates


Interested in serving as a member of our Military TAG? Contact Jeff Mikesell, Senior Military Liaison.

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