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Learning More About the Military  03/19/19 1:55:57 PM


Learning More About the Military
Col. Eric Paulson engages the audience with some humor at the annual joint Omaha Bar Association (OBA)/Metro Omaha Medical Society (MOMS) meeting on March 12 at the Marriott Regency, although he admitted he was an Oklahoma Sooners fan. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma. (More photos below)    (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)

Doctors, Lawyers Get to Know ‘Neighbor’
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Air Force Col. Eric C. Paulson, Commander of the 55th Operations Group, 55th Wing, Offutt Air Force Base, emphasized the close relationship that the people of Offutt AFB have with the people of Omaha as he spoke at the joint meeting of the Omaha Bar Association and Metro Omaha Medical Society meeting March 12 at the Marriott Regency.
“I am here to help you get better acquainted with your neighbor,” he said.
He noted that just as “The Sun Never Sets on the Fightin’ 55th,” it also never sets on those connections.
Over the years, 44,000 former Offutt personnel have settled in Omaha.
He himself settled here, sending his two daughters to Westside Schools for nearly their entire schooling. That’s unusual, he noted, for military personnel. He also noticed that the organizations represented at the event all shared a stated mission that incorporates honor and integrity.
He brought the crowd up to date on happenings at the base, including the closure of the runway as a new one is built. That will result in pilots being bussed daily to Lincoln for training and other duties.
Since 2020’s Open House and Air Show will not take place, he promised that they plan to pull out all the stops this year.
He also stressed that the 55th Wing has clocked 10,000 days (and nights) – 29 years of continuous presence in the Middle East.



Above: A full house of doctors and lawyers greeted Col. Eric Paulson, who spoke at the annual joint Omaha Bar Association/Metro Omaha Medical Society meeting on March 12 at the Marriott Regency.


The presidents of the Metro Omaha Medical Society, Lindsay Northam, MD, (left) and the Omaha Bar Association, Pat Cooper, JD, (right)welcome Col.Eric Paulson.
(Photos by Lorraine Boyd)
 
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