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Old 06-10-2018, 06:56 AM
 
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Good Morning,

As the title states, has anyone on here retired near Offutt AFB? I start terminal the end of November and will be moving back to Iowa in June '19 with my family. My wife has a commissary GS job right now at Sheppard AFB and has the opportunity to transfer if need be. How is the commissary? How is the pharmacy? Anyone live on the Iowa side but drive to the Nebraska side for work?

Any hep would be greatly appreciated.

Aaron
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Old 06-10-2018, 11:06 AM
 
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Good Morning,

As the title states, has anyone on here retired near Offutt AFB? I start terminal the end of November and will be moving back to Iowa in June '19 with my family. My wife has a commissary GS job right now at Sheppard AFB and has the opportunity to transfer if need be. How is the commissary? How is the pharmacy? Anyone live on the Iowa side but drive to the Nebraska side for work?

Any hep would be greatly appreciated.

Aaron
I'm not retired in the Omaha area, but Offutt was my first duty station in 1973, my last duty station when I retired in 2000, and I had a tour there in between. Offutt has long been a major base: Sight of heavy bomber construction during WWII, Headquarters of the Strategic Air Command through the Cold War, and now headquarters of the Strategic Command. Constellations of generals, flocks of colonels. This is the base where President Bush took refuge in the hours of confusion on 9/11. It's a nice base, well accommodated with lots of good facilities. The base medical facility is large, the pharmacy is large, the commissary is large, good recreational facilities.

The retired community around Offutt is also very large. In fact, it's so large that it's a local political constituency. Nebraska's state office of veteran's affairs ain't there just for show; they actually fight the Air Force for the sake of veterans.

Frankly, Iowa is considered the poor side of the river, particularly the city of Council Bluffs. The suburban-ish towns to the west and northwest of Offutt/Bellevue are considered better areas to live. The money moves westward.

OTOH, if you don't mind country-ish living, there are probably some districts across the river immediately east of Bellevue (don't wander northward) toward Glenwood, IA, where prices are low and living may be good.
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