• Statement on Offutt Air Force Base

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015 – As reported in the Omaha World Herald this week, the need to repave the runway at Offutt AFB is critical to our future.  The United States Air Force has 25 percent more bases than it needs due to the deactivation of flying squadrons and the decreasing size of the USAF.  As a result, the USAF is looking to consolidate bases to save on infrastructure and support costs.  This situation provides both risk and opportunity for our community and Offutt AFB.

    Offutt AFB is the largest employer locally, with over 10,160 employees.  It has a $1.3B annual impact on the area and helps create over 4,700 additional jobs.  Omaha’s recent experience with ConAgra reinforces the need to put our strongest foot forward to protect this vital part of our local economy.  With the new headquarters being constructed at USSTRATCOM, it is unlikely that the base will close entirely.  However, this does not eliminate the possibility that other missions at the base could be moved to alternative installations.  The erosion of military bases through unit attrition has happened before.

    Now more than ever, it is crucial that we elect leaders who are prepared to be strong advocates for the Second District.  Much of my nearly 30-year USAF career centered on Offutt AFB.  As the previous base commander, and a three-time assigned airman at Offutt AFB, I look forward to being that strong advocate we desperately need.  I am intimately familiar with every mission and organization at Offutt AFB.  Consequently, I will not only advocate for infrastructure improvements – such as the runway, but I will also work hard to bring in additional missions to the base, and ensure the units already assigned here receive the support they need.  By having a strong and knowledgeable advocate, I believe our base could be in a position to gain additional missions once the USAF begins consolidation.

    Considering the ongoing threats to our national security, as well as the potential risk that a reduction in Offutt AFB missions would have for our local economy, I believe now is not the time to be sending in a member of the JV team.  We need leaders with both the credibility and the heart to advocate forcefully for our base.  Our local economy and, more importantly, our national security depend on it.

  • State Senator Dave Bloomfield Endorses Don Bacon

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    Monday, November 30, 2015 – Retired Brigadier General Don Bacon, candidate for the United States Congress, announced today that he has received the endorsement of State Senator Dave Bloomfield (Legislative District 17) in his bid to represent Nebraska in the Second District.

    “I have had the opportunity to get to know Don Bacon,” said Senator Bloomfield.   “I believe that he would be a great representative in Washington D.C. for the state of Nebraska. General Bacon (he has asked that I call him Don and I will from now on) has served our nation for many years, I respect that.  Given the makeup of our world today, I think we need people with a good understanding of the military as well as a strong dose of Nebraska “common sense” as leaders.  I know that Don has roots that go deep in agriculture which is Nebraska’s most important industry. I trust him to do what is best for Nebraska and for the United States of America.  With that in mind I am proud to endorse him for the U.S. House of Representatives.   Don Bacon is a good man, and we need him in D.C.!”

    Don Bacon said, “I am grateful to Senator Dave Bloomfield for his support and I respect him for his leadership in the Legislature.  A man who has been dubbed a ‘Citizen Legislator,’ Dave Bloomfield is well known for being a good listener and a thoughtful member of our Unicameral.  From Vietnam to our statehouse, he has dedicated a significant part of his life to safeguarding the interests of our fellow citizens.  He is a veteran who comes from a family of veterans, and I appreciate his efforts to make our nation economically competitive again and to ensure we have a strong national security.”

    State Senator Bloomfield joins former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), Congressman Ryan Zinke (MT-00), Retired Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin, State Senator Beau McCoy, Omaha City Councilman Franklin Thompson, Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders, Papillion Mayor David Black, La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig, Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov, Sarpy County Treasurer Rich James, Millard School Board Treasurer Mike Kennedy, Retired Gretna Mayor Tim Gilligan, Retired Sarpy County Sheriff Lieutenant Russ Zeeb, retired Sarpy County Election Commissioner Joyce Schram, Mr. Bryan Slone, the Associated Builders and Contractors, and the Concerned Women Political Action Committee in endorsing the candidacy of Don Bacon.

  • Omaha City Councilman Franklin Thompson Endorses Don Bacon

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    Monday, November 23, 2015 – Retired Brigadier General Don Bacon, candidate for the United States Congress, announced today that he has received the endorsement of Omaha City Councilman Franklin Thompson in his bid to represent Nebraska in the Second District.

    “There are three things to know about Don Bacon.  First, as the former Commander of Offutt, there is no one better able to represent our interests regarding the second largest employer in the Omaha metro area.  Second, being a former two-time base commander is essentially like being a Mayor.  He has dealt with everything from snow removal to law enforcement to infrastructure redevelopment.  Thus, Don Bacon is well positioned to identify and understand the needs we see in our district.  Lastly, men and women like Don Bacon live by a creed – they never leave anyone behind. As our next Congressman, Don Bacon will continue to live by this creed as a leader who will fight for all our citizens in the Second District,” said Councilman Thompson.

    “I am extremely proud to have Councilman Franklin Thompson as a member of our team and I greatly appreciate him as an adviser,” said Bacon.  “Councilman Thompson has a vast amount of knowledge regarding our local area and he has served Omaha citizens with distinction for close to fifteen years.  Throughout that time, he has been a key leader in fighting for our neighborhoods, while overseeing a period of dynamic growth for our community. He is also a respected professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha, the Alma Mater of my wife and two sons, where he has been responsible for educating our next generation of leaders.”

    Council Thompson joins former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), Congressman Ryan Zinke (MT-00), Retired Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin, State Senator Beau McCoy, Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders, Papillion Mayor David Black, La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig, Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov, Sarpy County Treasurer Rich James, Millard School Board Treasurer Mike Kennedy, Retired Gretna Mayor Tim Gilligan, Retired Sarpy County Sheriff Lieutenant Russ Zeeb, retired Sarpy County Election Commissioner Joyce Schram, Mr. Bryan Slone, the Associated Builders and Contractors, and the Concerned Women Political Action Committee in endorsing the candidacy of Don Bacon.

  • Sarpy County Treasurer Rich James Endorses Don Bacon

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    Monday, November 16, 2015 – Retired Brigadier General Don Bacon, candidate for the United States Congress, announced today that he has received the endorsement of Sarpy County Treasurer Rich James in his bid to represent Nebraska in the Second District.

    “America is at a critical juncture and it is imperative that we elect proven leaders like Don Bacon who are interested in fixing the dysfunction in government, rather than going along to get along. Every tax dollar represents the blood and sweat of the American taxpayer.  As someone who has spent twenty years in treasury management, I will be the first one to tell you that serving in elective office and managing taxpayer dollars in a fiscally responsible manner is a sacred trust that should never be treated lightly. Unfortunately, too many in Washington have forgotten this fact.  Don Bacon has spent a lifetime proving that he knows how to protect the greatest national treasure of all – the sons and daughters of America. Now, we need him in Washington to once again defend and protect what belongs to our citizens,” said Sarpy Treasurer Rich James.

    “I am deeply grateful for the endorsement of Rich James,” said Bacon.  “Integrity, honor, and duty are words that come easily to mind when one hears the name Rich James.  For more than a generation, Rich has served our fellow citizens, first by defending our freedom in the Air Force, followed by over twenty years as the Sarpy County Treasurer.  As Treasurer, he has led the way in streamlining government and eliminating waste and inefficiency. There is a reason why Rich James is one of our most respected elected officials.  As your next Congressman, I will rely on the expertise of leaders like Rich James as we work to find common sense solutions to the budgetary and fiscal challenges that our nation faces.”

    Treasurer James joins former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), Congressman Ryan Zinke (MT-00), Retired Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin, State Senator Beau McCoy, Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders, Papillion Mayor David Black, La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig, Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov, Millard School Board Treasurer Mike Kennedy, Retired Gretna Mayor Tim Gilligan, Retired Sarpy County Sheriff Lieutenant Russ Zeeb, retired Sarpy County Election Commissioner Joyce Schram, the Associated Builders and Contractors, and the Concerned Women Political Action Committee in endorsing the candidacy of Don Bacon.

  • Don Bacon Earns SEAL PAC Endorsement

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    (Washington DC) October 21, 2015 – Today Montana Congressman and retired U.S. Navy SEAL Commander, Ryan Zinke, announced his leadership PAC, SEAL (Supporting and Electing American Leaders) PAC, endorsed retired Air Force Brigadier General Don Bacon for Nebraska’s Second Congressional District.

    “Brigadier General Don Bacon is exactly the kind of leader we need more of in Congress,” said Ryan Zinke, Montana Congressman and retired Navy SEAL Commander. “As an Air Force officer, Don took the oath to defend our Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic, and will take it again as a member of the House. In Congress that means making sure our troops have the supplies, tools and funding necessary to stay safe and defeat the enemy, and at home it means standing strong against those who wish to trample our Constitutional rights. I am confident Don will be a strong leader for our troops and veterans and for Nebraskans who are trying to build brighter futures for their families.”

    Don Bacon stated, “I thank Congressman Zinke for this endorsement and I am very honored.  I look forward to working closely with him to ensure our military stays strong and that we live up to the promises given to our veterans.  I also fully support his efforts to restore fiscal responsibility in Washington, D.C. and to lift the regulatory burdens off the shoulders of our small businesses.”

    Don Bacon joined the Air Force in 1985 and served for 29 years, retiring as a Brigadier General.  He deployed four times during his career to the Middle East to include commanding an electronic warfare squadron during the invasion of Iraq and a year-long tour to Baghdad during the surge in 2007-2008. He won multiple awards during his time in the Air Force including Distinguished Service Medal, two Legion of Merits, and two Bronze Stars.  He was a distinguished graduate in his Air and Command Staff College, Navigator School, and Intelligence School.

    Congressman Zinke joins former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), Retired Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin, State Senator Beau McCoy, Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders, Papillion Mayor David Black, La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig, Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov, Millard School Board Treasurer Mike Kennedy, Retired Gretna Mayor Tim Gilligan, Retired Sarpy County Sheriff Lieutenant Russ Zeeb, retired Sarpy County Election Commissioner Joyce Schram, the Associated Builders and Contractors, and the Concerned Women Political Action Committee in endorsing the candidacy of Don Bacon.

    In 2015, SEAL PAC endorsed retired Air Force Brigadier General Don Bacon for Nebraska’s Second Congressional District and retired Staff Sergeant Brian Mast for Florida’s 18th Congressional District.

     

    About Ryan Zinke

    Ryan Zinke served 23 years in the U.S. Navy SEALs and retired at the rank of Commander.  Ryan’s distinguished military career began in 1985 when he graduated from Officer Candidate School and attended SEAL training (class 136).  He was first assigned to SEAL Team ONE in Coronado, CA, then was later selected to SEAL Team SIX where he was a Team Leader, Ground Force Commander, Task Force Commander and Current Operations Officer in support of National Command Authority missions. In Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Ryan was assigned as Deputy and acting Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula where he led a force of over 3,500 Special Operations personnel in Iraq. In 2006 he was awarded two Bronze Stars. Throughout his career, Ryan also served as the Special Operations Officer in Europe, and served as the SEAL Commander of Joint Task Force TWO in support of Special Operations missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo.  Ryan’s final Naval assignment was establishing the Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command where he served as “Dean” of the Naval Special Warfare graduate school with a staff of over 250 educators, which provided over 43 college level courses to over 2500 students annually at 15 different locations worldwide.  He retired from active duty 2008 after serving 23 years as a US Navy SEAL. In 2014, Ryan became the first Navy SEAL elected to the House. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Natural Resources.

  • Millard School Board Treasurer Mike Kennedy Endorses Don Bacon

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    Wednesday, October 7, 2015 – Don Bacon, candidate for the United States Congress, announced today that he has received the endorsement of Millard School Board Treasurer Mike Kennedy in his bid to represent Nebraska in the Second District.

    “Don Bacon is the kind of leader who understands that the best solutions for many of our problems can be found right here at the local level – not in the faraway halls of bureaucracy,” said Kennedy. “For too long Congress has found many creative ways to hamper schools, businesses, and local governments through an endless line of unrelenting regulations. If we allow this to continue, we will be forced to follow a road of stagnation which will rob our kids of the prosperity enjoyed by so many previous generations of Americans. We need leaders in Washington who have the courage to take on these challenges and who understand what it takes to put us back on track. We need proven leaders like Don Bacon.”

    “I am greatly honored by Mike Kennedy’s endorsement for my campaign,” said Bacon. “For thirteen years, Mike has been a voice that countless parents have trusted with respect to the educational needs of our children. His service is a reflection of his deep devotion to the future of our community. I look forward to working with him on common sense local solutions for our schools when I am in Washington.”

    Mr. Kennedy joins former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), State Senator Beau McCoy, Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders, Papillion Mayor David Black, La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig, Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov, Retired Gretna Mayor Tim Gilligan, Retired Sarpy County Sheriff Lieutenant Russ Zeeb, retired Sarpy County Election Commissioner Joyce Schram, the Associated Builders and Contractors, and the Concerned Women Political Action Committee in endorsing the candidacy of Don Bacon.

    Don Bacon joined the Air Force in 1985 and served for over 29 years, retiring as a Brigadier General. He served in the intelligence, electronic warfare, reconnaissance and public affairs career fields and had 16 assignments all over the world. He commanded twice at the wing level, to include at Ramstein Air Base in Germany and Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. He deployed four times during his career to the Middle East to include commanding an electronic warfare squadron during the invasion of Iraq and a year-long tour to Baghdad during the surge in 2007-2008. Don and his wife Angie live in Papillion.

  • Associated Builders and Contractors Endorse Don Bacon

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    Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – Don Bacon, candidate for the United States Congress, announced today that he has received the endorsement of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in his bid to represent Nebraska in the Second District. ABC Cornhusker President Anne Klute released the following statement to the press on Monday:

    “Nebraska’s building community and families don’t need another career politician representing them in Congress, they need a principled and proven leader like Don Bacon. Don’s leadership and dedication to serving his country through his nearly 30 career in the U.S. Air Force and his common-sense approach to governing will be invaluable assets to Nebraskans and we are proud to support him,” said ABC Cornhusker President Anne Klute.

    “Contractors are being smothered by far too many policies flooding out of Washington, from an outdated and convoluted tax code to an overreaching regulatory system,” said Klute. “Local job creators are being held back by Washington’s failed policies. Don’s commitment to free enterprise and to creating a level playing field where businesses can compete and create jobs will unencumber Nebraskan job creators and help foster needed economic growth.”

    “I thank ABC Cornhusker President Anne Klute, past Chairman of the Board Jeff Taake, and the Associated Builders and Contractors for their endorsement,” said Bacon.   “Organizations like ABC play a critical part in promoting both free enterprise and open competition for the betterment of our communities.”

    The Associated Builders and Contractors join former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), State Senator Beau McCoy, Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders, Papillion Mayor David Black, La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig, Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov, Retired Gretna Mayor Tim Gilligan, Retired Sarpy County Sheriff Lieutenant Russ Zeeb, and retired Sarpy County Election Commissioner Joyce Schram in endorsing the candidacy of Don Bacon.

  • Concerned Women Political Action Committee Endorses Bacon

    September 21, 2015 Washington, D.C. – Concerned Women Political Action Committee (CWPAC) has announced its endorsement of General Don Bacon (Ret.) for Congress in Nebraska’s 2nd District.

    Concerned Women PAC, established in 2002 by Founder and Chairman Beverly LaHaye, is affiliated with Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with more than 500,000 grassroots members nationwide.

    General Bacon has been a servant leader of the people of the United States of America since he began his 29-year career in the Air Force in 1985. Through his career, he has developed a pattern of leadership and strong character that will serve him well in Congress. He is committed to strengthening our national security and protecting Israel, repealing ObamaCare, opposing common core, and defending life and traditional family values.

    “General Bacon will bring valuable leadership, character, and experience to the table, which is badly needed in Congress,” said Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women PAC.

    “He is a passionate defender of the pro-life/pro-family values that comprise the foundational rock of our country.”

    Penny Nance and Concerned Women Political Action Committee’s mission is to elect solid pro-family, pro-life conservatives to Congress. Concerned Women PAC sends out a monthly letter to members encouraging them to financially support candidates like General Bacon.

  • State Senator Beau McCoy Endorses Don Bacon

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    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 – Don Bacon, candidate for the United States Congress, announced today that he has received the endorsement of State Senator Beau McCoy of Omaha in his bid to represent Nebraska in the Second District.

    “Don has spent almost thirty years defending our fellow Americans and our Constitution at home and abroad,” said Senator McCoy.  “He has proven countless times that he has the courage to take on the biggest of challenges.  Out of control spending, excessive regulations, and an administration that is blind to the dangers of the world appears to be the new norm in Washington.  Now more than ever, we need true conservatives with proven leadership experience to tackle these problems in Congress. Don is the person who will do that.”

    “I thank Senator McCoy for his endorsement,” said Bacon.  “I have long admired Senator McCoy for his integrity and dedication to the public.  He has been a true and invaluable leader in Lincoln and has served as the standard bearer for our conservative Nebraska values. It is an honor to have such a respected member of the legislature on my team and I look forward to working with him as our next Congressman from Nebraska”

    Senator McCoy joins former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders, Papillion Mayor David Black, La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig, Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov, Retired Gretna Mayor Tim Gilligan, Retired Sarpy County Sheriff Lieutenant Russ Zeeb, and retired Sarpy County Election Commissioner Joyce Schram in endorsing the candidacy of Don Bacon.

    Don Bacon joined the Air Force in 1985 and served for over 29 years, retiring as a Brigadier General.  He served in the intelligence, electronic warfare, reconnaissance and public affairs career fields and had 16 assignments all over the world.  He commanded twice at the wing level, to include at Ramstein Air Base in Germany and Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.  He deployed four times during his career to the Middle East to include commanding an electronic warfare squadron during the invasion of Iraq and a year-long tour to Baghdad during the surge in 2007-2008. Don and his wife Angie live in Papillion.

  • Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders Endorses Don Bacon

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    Monday, August 31, 2015 – Don Bacon, candidate for the United States Congress, announced today that he has received the endorsement of Mayor Rita Sanders of Bellevue in his bid to represent Nebraska in the Second District.

    “Don was one of the most respected commanders we’ve seen at Offutt AFB, and he successfully nurtured a wonderful partnership between the military and our local community.  I remember him leading the way filling sandbags during the 2011 flood that threatened not only the base, but the city of Bellevue.  He knows Offutt AFB, and he’ll be a super advocate for our local area’s second largest employer.  Most importantly, Don has a stellar reputation for being a man of integrity, and will make a great United States Congressman,” said Mayor Sanders.

    Mayor Sanders joins former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), Papillion Mayor David Black, La Vista Mayor Douglas Kindig, Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov, Retired Gretna Mayor Tim Gilligan, Retired Sarpy County Sheriff Lieutenant Russ Zeeb, and retired Sarpy County Election Commissioner Joyce Schram in endorsing the candidacy of Don Bacon.

    Don Bacon served in the Air Force for over 29 years, retiring as a Brigadier General.  He served in the intelligence, electronic warfare, reconnaissance and public affairs career fields and had 16 assignments all over the world.  He commanded twice at the wing level, to include at Ramstein Air Base in Germany and Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.  He deployed four times during his career to the Middle East to include commanding an electronic warfare squadron during the invasion of Iraq and a year-long tour to Baghdad during the surge in 2007-2008. Don and his wife Angie live in Papillion.

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