Offutt Air Force Base has canceled the 2013 Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show.
The annual tradition was scheduled for Aug. 24-25. A press release said the decision was made because of operating budget uncertainties and the impact of sequestration.
"The Department of Defense and the Air Force are facing difficult fiscal challenges, which requires us to make some tough decisions here at Offutt," Col. John Rauch, 55th Wing commander, said in a press release. "One of those tough decisions includes cancelling 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 open house and air show had been held annually since 1972. Rauch said the base is hopeful the event will returin in the future.
"We understand how important the air show is to the local community and it's equally important for us," Rauch said. "It gives us a chance to provide the public with an up-close look at our military, its capabilities and the amazing things our military members do each and every day."