The Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show had been scheduled for August 24-25
Offutt officials say because of operating budget uncertainties and sequestration, U.S. Air Force leadership at all levels are implementing actions to minimize impact to military readiness while protecting wartime operations.
"The Department of Defense and the Air Force are facing difficult fiscal challenges, which requires us to make some tough decisions here at Offutt," said Colonel John Rauch, 55th Wing commander. "One of those tough decisions includes cancelling this year’s air show."
Colonel Rauch also says "We sincerely enjoy opening our gates to the public and appreciate the tremendous support we get from Bellevue, Omaha and the surrounding communities, but with the current guidance and fiscal restraints we can’t host an air show."
Offutt’s open house and air show has been held annually since 1972.