The 2013 Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show at Offutt Air Force Base south of
Omaha has been canceled because of federal budget cuts.
According to a statement released by the Air Force, the event, scheduled for Aug. 24-25, had to be
canceled to minimize the impact of the sequestration and other budget uncertainties to military readiness.
"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 Col. John Rauch, 55th Wing commander. "One of
those tough decisions includes canceling this year's air show. 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."
The show has been held annually since 1972.
No dates for future Defenders of Freedom shows have been set.