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Everything You Need To Know About Offutt AFB

Just found out that you’re PCSing to Offutt AFB, Nebraska?  Great!  I have you covered with information about everything from base housing to our favorite restaurants and activities!

Offutt AFB

BASE HOUSING:

COMMUNITY INFORMATION:

  • Here’s my collection of our favorite attractions and restaurants in Omaha (with something for every age group and every budget – check out the comments for extra ideas too!)
  • My review of Click2Go, the option to order your groceries online from the commissary and pick them up without ever leaving your car or tipping anyone!

NEBRASKA-LOVE:

We’ve since PCSed to Wright-Patt AFB in Ohio,  but if you’re headed to Offutt, I’d still love to answer any questions you have!  Connect with me on Facebook or send me an email!

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Final Thoughts on Base Housing at Offutt AFB

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Now that we’re in Ohio and our HHGs have arrived, I wanted to give one more update to my previous posts about base housing.

We moved to Offutt AFB in May 2012 and in September I shared this post with pictures and information about our house.  The following May, when we’d lived there for a year, I wrote an update.

For the three years that we lived at Offutt AFB, we lived in base housing, which is run by a private company and called Rising View.  I’ve heard many horror stories about Rising View (RV), but our experience was a very positive one.  I have good things to say about the neighborhood and (mostly) the staff.  Most of what I’ve said in previous posts holds true, but I wanted to reiterate a few points and add a few more.  So here are my final thoughts about base housing at Offutt AFB:

 

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Our home in Rising View (Offutt AFB base housing)

MAINTENANCE:

I loved having maintenance available 24/7.  I already miss having them in our new house!!  Most of the maintenance workers sent to my house were very friendly.  When things broke, I called right away and they were fixed quickly (usually within a couple of days if it wasn’t an emergency).

HOUSES:

The thing to realize about Rising View is that there are no frills in the houses.  At our new base, we decided to rent a house in the community rather than live in base housing.  And our new house has lots of added perks like ceiling fans, an ice maker in the refrigerator, and a water purifier at the sink.  You won’t find those things in RV houses.  I didn’t really miss having those when we lived at Offutt, but I definitely appreciate having them now.

 

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Master Bedroom

COMMUNITY:

My FAVORITE part of living in base housing was the community.  By the time we moved we were great friends with many our neighbors.  We would congregate in someone’s yard or on their porch, watch each other’s children, meet at the playground, and maybe share a bottle of wine that we couldn’t finish on our own.  🙂  Those neighbors are some of the people that I miss the most.

MOVING OUT:

When it was time to move out of RV, I was NERVOUS!  Again, people told so many horror stories about being charged ridiculous amounts of money for (what they claimed) were small damages.

Since my husband was deployed when we moved, we opted to hired cleaners to clean the outside of the house, the garage, and the entire inside of the house.  My brother came out to help me move and made sure the yard was up to code.

A couple weeks before you move out, RV will do a pre-inspection.  They come to the house and tell you exactly what needs to be fixed before your “final out”.  My pre-inspection went great.  The man who checked my house was thorough, but kind.  He was very happy with the condition the house was in so he didn’t think we’d have any problems at our final out as long as the cleaning was done.

The day of the final out, I was still so, so nervous about it.  But it went great!  We weren’t charged for anything (damages or mistakes on cleaning).  I am so glad that we hired cleaners (I’d love to give out the name of my interior cleaner because she did a great job, so message me if you’d like her info) and glad that we kept our house in good condition while we lived there.

 

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One side of our kitchen in Rising View

Would we move back??  Would we recommend it to others?

This is the question I keep coming back to:  If we got orders back to Offutt, would we choose to live in Rising View again?

No.  If we were sent back to Offutt, we probably would choose to rent a house in the community.

But I WOULD recommend Rising View to other people and I AM happy that we lived there for three years.

Here’s the long answer why:  Everyone in the military receives a BAH (basic allowance for housing) based on their rank.  If you live in base housing, your BAH goes directly to the company running the housing (in our case, Rising View) and covers both your rent and your basic utilities.

When we arrived at Offutt, my husband was an O-1, the lowest ranking officer.  His BAH was decent, better than lots of people in the military, so I’m not complaining.  But…I think it would have been difficult for us to find a good house to rent in the community where BAH covered both rent and the utilities.  In base housing, we had a fairly new, three bedroom home and never had to worry about utilities or maintenance.  It was GREAT!

My husband will be promoting to O-3 this fall, which means our BAH has gone up.  If we went back to Rising View, we’d be giving them a good bit more money for the exact same type of house we lived in before.  Additionally, I think that with an O-3’s BAH we could probably find a good rental in that area.

Final, Final Thoughts:

We had a very positive experience in Rising View and I would definitely recommend it to other people.  If you’re considering renting, take a few weeks to watch the rentals in the area (I recommend using AHRN or Military By Owner) to see if you can find a good rental option that would use part of your BAH and allow you to spend the rest on utilities.  If you don’t see many good rentals in your price range, I think Rising View would be a great option, especially if you know you’ll only be there for a couple years.

If you do live in Rising View, take care of the house and call maintenance right away if anything is broken.  This will make the move-out process go a lot smoother.  Use it as an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and enjoy the close-knit military community.

And if you happen to get assigned a house on Larson Circle, start celebrating now!  You’re getting some awesome neighbors and I’m a little jealous of you!!

  • Have you ever lived in base housing at Offutt or another base?  What did you think?
  • Do you prefer to rent or own your home?
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this glorious MOVE

Last week we moved from Offutt AFB in Nebraska to Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio!  I documented this move with pictures so I’m sharing one from each day to give you a peek into what the last week and a half was like.

MOVING

 

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SUNDAY

My brother flew into Omaha on Sunday morning!  Since Caleb is deployed, I wanted an extra set of hands around for the move and Patrick volunteered.  He also did all my yard work.  It took over five hours to get the yard ready for the move-out inspection and it was over 90 degrees that day.  BEST BROTHER EVER.

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MONDAY

This was originally supposed to be a packing day, but the moving company decided they only needed one day.  Instead we finished up the final projects around the house, and ran all my last minute errands around town.  But we did make time to fly a kite in the midst of the craziness.

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TUESDAY

On Tuesday I had sticky notes around the house with notes for the movers including the one above – DO NOT ENTER!  DO NOT PACK!!  It was a long, long day, but by about 4pm we were done.   That evening we moved to a TLF (temporary living facility) so that our house could get cleaned for the move.

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WEDNESDAY

Loading day!!  We were up and at the house early to wait for the movers, but (of course!) they arrived about an hour and a half late.  Hadden didn’t mind though because while we were waiting he was playing with his new car.  When the movers arrived, my neighbor and her daughter watched Hadden all morning which was such a relief!  Everything was loaded by about 2:30pm and the truck pulled away with all our belongings, leaving us with an empty house.

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THURSDAY

Hadden had his last speech appointment with his beloved SLP – we will miss her so much!!  Then we spent the early afternoon with our friends from church and they gave us a sweet going-away, complete with presents and prayer.  That evening Hadden and I spent a few hours with our dear friends who had just gotten back into town the day before.  We connected our first year in Nebraska when our kiddos were just babies and have remained fantastic friends ever since.  I’m holding out hope that we’ll end up at the same base again in the future!

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FRIDAY

Friday was a blur.  We woke up early to go pick up the trailer and have it weighed while empty.  Then we raced back to the TLF to load up all our possessions and get onto base in time to check out of the TLF.  From there we had to get the trailer weighed again.  Then we got lunch and headed to a park for a bit.  I spent our last couple of hours in town hanging out with our neighbors and my brother made sure our yard was ready to go (he really is the best).  I think I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: we had the best neighbors in Nebraska.  I will really miss those families.

At 3:30pm I had the “final out” with our housing company.  I was SO NERVOUS that we were going to be charged because I’ve heard horror stories about moving out of there, but it went great.  I practically danced out of there because I was so happy to just be done.  We said our final goodbyes to our neighbor-friends and I cried as we pulled away, already missing those friends.

My brother drove through the night and I stayed away to help with directions and keep him company.

 

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SATURDAY

Saturday morning we hit the Ohio border and I was rejoicing.  We were SO tired.  We stopped for Cracker Barrel because it’s a family tradition and we needed a chance to rest our eyes, but we were both too tired to eat.  Early Saturday morning we arrived at my friend’s house in Ohio.  She and her husband graciously offered to let us crash there for the day.  That evening we met our new landlord and got keys to our new house!

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SUNDAY

Sunday morning we unloaded the trailer and started arranging things at the new house.  My sister and brother-in-law came down with their kids to help us get settled.  It was great to see them and great to have help too.  Once our work was done, we went to my favorite nearby town (Yellow Springs) for lunch and headed to a local creamery for ice cream where the kids got to feed goats.  Both of those places brought back many memories of college years and I spent the whole day missing Caleb (it didn’t help that it was Father’s Day!).  My sister and brother-in-law left that evening, taking Patrick back with them, but my mom decided to come a day early to help, so she arrived later that night.

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MONDAY

Since our truck wasn’t coming that day, my mom, Hadden and I drove an hour south to hit up IKEA!  I love that place, although I would have enjoyed it a little more if Hadden were old enough to go to the Kids Area (free babysitting!)

Tuesday

No picture for this day.  We spent the morning running errands and the afternoon at the Air Force museum.  I spent more time on the phone arguing with the company about our moving truck, which was suppose to arrive today, but is now going to be a week late.  This evening all the stress and emotion of the move and leaving all our friends set in.  The physical pain of all that stress plus sleeping on an air mattress has set in too.  I am ready to be settled and mostly ready for Caleb to be back.

I know that this is ending on a weird note.  I would be a better blogger if I found a nice bow to wrap it up nicely, but I have a two-year-old who is up much too late and is crying for his daddy and I am TIRED, so that’s all for now.  I’ll be back with another update or a better post soon!

I don’t say it enough, but THANK YOU for taking the time to read.  I do appreciate it.

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