The Air Force base in Bellevue is one of five locations the military is considering for a new MQ-9 Reaper wing. The unmanned aerial vehicles are better known as drones.
In addition to Offutt, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona; Moody AFB, Georgia; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; and Shaw AFB, South Carolina are being considered.
Each of the five made the first cut because they already have an active-duty flying wing or group that performs at least one core remotely piloted aircraft mission and/or is co-located with an active-duty distributed ground system.
Once an installation is selected, MQ-9 crews will control the MQ-9 from that location, but no aircraft will be assigned to these units, according to a news release from the Air Force.
In June, the Air Force approved spending up to $55 million to upgrade the runway at Offutt, a key to keeping the 55th Wing in Nebraska.
Site visits are now being planned and a decision could come as early as this winter.