Drone pilots might be stationed at Offutt Air Force Base.
The Air Force has announced Offutt, located near Omaha, is one of five finalists for the new MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle mission control unit, better known as the unit that flies drones.
“I was really pleased that the Air Force really sees the good things that Offutt has to offer,” U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Fischer is a member of the Armed Services Committee. She has talked with Air Force officials about the capacity to expand the mission at Offutt Air Force Base, arguing the base has room for growth and Air Force personnel who serve there like the community of Bellevue in particular and Nebraska in general.
An Air Force team should visit Offutt sometime next year as part of the selection process.
Fischer believes Offutt has a good shot at landing the unit.
“Hopefully, we’re going to have some good site visits by the Air Force and move forward and expand the operations that are going to be based at Offutt,” Fischer says. “So, it’s exciting times for the base. It’s exciting times for Nebraska.”
A decision could be made next year.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]