- Join us for the Old Cavalry Post ribbon cutting ceremony!
- It’s quarterly survey time!
- Corvias Military Living earns top score in national resident satisfaction survey
- $500,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Military Children by Corvias Foundation
- Fort Sill under a burn ban
- 4 ways you can have a fun and safe summer
- Hidden hazards: the window blind cord
- Tips for a less stressful move
- Green Corner
- 75th Fires Brigade Diamond Run
- Family Support, Child Support, and Paternity Army Regulation
- School’s out, now what?
- Household trash or bulk pickup, we will take care of it
- Want to know what’s happening in your community?
On Wednesday, June 4 at 11:00 a.m. Corvias Military Living will host its second community center grand opening in our Old Cavalry Post neighborhood. We invite all of our Fort Sill families living in on-post housing to join us for the festivities co-hosted by the Fort Sill Garrison Commander. A reception and a tour of the state-of-the-art facility given by your Corvias team members will follow the ribbon cutting ceremony. The Old Cavalry Community Center is located at 1433 Fort Sill Blvd. We hope to see you there!
Towards the end of May, 25 percent of Corvias Military Living residents will receive an electronic housing survey in their email boxes! This is a prime opportunity for you and your family to tell us how well we are doing in meeting your on-post housing needs.
The electronic survey will only take a few minutes, and by completing it, you are eligible for a drawing to win one of six $100 Visa gift cards from Corvias Military Living.
Congratulations to the winners from the February survey drawing: the Karsten family, the Smith family, the Martinez family, the Burnett family, the Alfey family, and the Manning family.
In recent months, you may have received an e-mail asking for you to complete the SatisFacts national resident satisfaction e-mail survey. As a result of the feedback collected from current on-post residents, Corvias Military Living once again received the highest score in resident satisfaction for properties with at least 10,000 homes. SatisFacts also awarded Corvias with the 2013 SatisFacts Superior Resident Satisfaction Company Award. The SatisFacts survey is for all types of residential management companies. Corvias Military Living has earned a superior rating from SatisFacts the past seven years and has also achieved the highest score for companies with at least 10,000 homes six times.
11 outstanding high school students were awarded scholarships of up to $50,000 to attend college by the Corvias Foundation, John Picerne’s private charitable foundation.
To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in scholarships to the families of active-duty service members. Among this year’s scholarship recipients are aspiring publishers, scientists, doctors, and those with social justice aspirations and business dreams.
The names of the outstanding students from Fort Sill who received the awards are below:
Samantha Ciaramitaro will graduate from Lawton High School. In addition to being an active member of her community as a volunteer, she has been involved at school with Media Productions, Upward Bound, and Key Club. Samantha plans to pursue her interests in advertising and broadcasting at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her stepfather is Sgt. 1st Class Donald Spicer of the C-1/56 ADA 30th BDE.
Oluwasegun Paul Emenogu Ntia will graduate from Lawton High School. He has been involved in many academic activities, including Academic Decathlon, Quiz Bowl, French Club, Spanish Club, and plays in the school band. Oluwasegun wants to be a neurosurgeon and will begin his studies at The Ohio State University. His mother is Spc. Olubukola Ntia of the 15th Transportation Company.
Find out more about the Foundation by going to www.ourfamilyfoundation.org.
Due to the recent outbreak of fires, dry vegetation and high winds, Governor Fallin issued burn bans in May for 36 counties, including Fort Sill.
The burn ban now prevents outdoor burnings. It is unlawful for any person to set fire to any forest, grass, woods, wildlands or marshes; to build a bonfire or fire; to burn or ignite fireworks; or to burn trash or other materials outdoors.
Equipment which uses propane or other controlled-type burners is generally regarded as safe, however it would be prudent to have a water pumper on standby any time this equipment is used near a grassy right-of-way. Other types of burners pose a higher risk, particularly if they are of open design or are burning while being transported.
If a safety zone wider than the flame length is established, these burners are generally safe. If they are pulled onto a grassy surface, the burner should be extinguished. A concept of “reasonable and prudent” must be applied when using this type of equipment.
For more information, click here.
After a long winter season, we are all ready to welcome warmer weather. Before running outdoors to greet the sunshine, consider these four reminders to help you have a fun and safe summer:
1. Sun Safety - Beginning the summer season with sunburn is no fun. To minimize your opportunity of becoming the sun’s next victory, come prepared with your SPF armor. You can also protect yourself by wearing protective clothing and a brimmed hat. Loading up on H20 is another way to stay cool and safe in the summer sun.
2. Water Safety- Never leave children unattended near any water to include: filled-buckets, bathtubs, toilets, wading or swimming pools. Wading pools should be empty and properly stored when not in use. A child can drown in 1 inch of water. Parents should stay within an arm’s length of young swimmers. Consider CPR certification to better prepare yourself in the event of an emergency.
3. Bike Safety- Always wear a properly fitted helmet when riding bikes, scooters or skateboards. Wear bright clothes and put reflectors on the bike so that you can be seen. Be sure to check bikes tires to ensure proper inflation. Young children should stick to sidewalks and paths when bike riding.
4. Playground Safety- Encourage your child to use the playground equipment properly. To prevent injuries don’t allow pushing or rough playing when at the playground. Always check the playground equipment in the summertime-it can get very hot. If you notice any issues with neighborhood playground equipment, please contact your community office.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children dying each year from accidental strangling, is window cords. Since these blind and curtain cords are a serious risk for our children, Corvias Military Living wants to remind you and your family on the proper steps to staying safe. Be sure to keep all window cords out of the reach of children. This includes ensuring that all furniture and toys are away from windows and if possible, moved to another wall. Examine all shades and blinds in the home. If your home does not have the cordless blind style, make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. Do not place cribs, beds, and furniture close to the windows because children can climb on them and gain access to the cords. Make loose cords inaccessible. If the window shade has looped bead chains or nylon cords, install tension devices to keep the cord taut.
Following these tips will help keep you and your family safe from this hidden hazard. More information can be found by visiting the Window Safety Cord Council’s website, windowcoverings.org.
Military families move throughout the year, but summer is typically known as peak PCS season. We’re here to help you!
1) Please provide written notice and a copy of your PCS orders to your Community Office at least 30 days prior to your desired move-out date.
2) If you are preparing to move, you may request a pre-inspection of your home at any time. During this pre-inspection, we will walk through your home, and let you know if there are any potential charges that you may receive upon move-out. Addressing these issues prior to move-out will help you avoid paying these charges.
3) Please leave your home in a surface clean condition upon move-out. This policy is designed to ease the moving process for our military families. If you regularly clean your home, a simple wipe down and sweep/vacuum prior to move-out would meet the surface-clean policy.
4) Be sure to check out the Corvias Military website prior to your PCS – we manage housing at seven Army bases and six Air Force installations. If you are Fort Rucker-bound, be sure to check out this column on the Army Wife Network website for more information. Headed to Fort Polk? Click here for more information about all of the fun things you can do around the area. No matter where you go, if you are PCSing, be sure to read about your next duty station. The more you know, the more you’ll enjoy your next home
Prepare aluminum cans for recycling by either crushing the cans to save space or leaving them uncrushed. Cans that are rinsed out will have little or no odor and are less likely to attract bugs.
The 35th annual Diamond Brigade Run will be held on Saturday, June 7 and begins at 6:30 a.m. The route is set to go through the housing areas, primarily in the Old Post Quadrangle and Academic Heights neighborhoods. In order to relieve congestion and traffic flow along race route, post requests that residents park in the rear of your home.
Click here to view the race routes.
Did you know that if you fail to provide support to your family members on a monthly basis, it is a violation of a lawful general regulation? A recent article posted by the Fort Sill Inspector General’s office stated that commanders deal with a large number of non-support complaints especially with young couples and parents who may unfortunately have a falling out in their relationship.
Soldiers are responsible to comply with visitation an all other provisions of court orders, and should work responsibility to coordinate arrangements or seek amendments of court orders on child custody, visitation, or related obligations when living apart. Should a commander be notified of a non-support and fail to provide family support, the soldier may be held in contempt of court for violating a court order.
If you’ve got children, you know what June means: summer vacation. Weeks and weeks of uninterrupted freedom, maybe a family trip or two—and lots of time for kids to grow bored
because they have nothing to do. You don’t have to be a fulltime cruise director for your family. You can, however, consider these ideas for keeping children busy and happy until school starts again in the fall:
- Museums. Scout your community for offbeat little museums in addition to the major institutions of art and history that may be nearby.
- Libraries. Visit your local library often. In addition to checking out books and DVDs, look for summertime activities that many libraries offer to children.
- Volunteer work. Older children can get a lot out of volunteering for charities and other causes in your community. Look for age-appropriate opportunities that allow kids to do good for others.
- Sports programs. Find a sport your child is interested in. Many park districts and schools offer programs in baseball, soccer, and other sports during the summer months.
- Berry picking. If you live anywhere near the country, look for farms that offer the chance to pick fresh fruit and vegetables. You’ll get some healthy produce at a good price while spending a few productive hours outdoors.
- Down time. Don’t try to schedule every minute in your kids’ days. Give them some time to relax and chill out so their vacation really feels like a vacation.
Corvias offers convenient, curbside trash pick-up every week. In addition to curbside collection of household refuse, residents can also place bulk trash items at the curb on collection day. Please do not place your trash bin curbside until 5 p.m. the day before your scheduled pickup. Containers must be promptly returned to storage locations the same day. Household and bulk trash pickups are every Monday.
Additionally, when resident moves out of their home, we ask that you do not leave excess trash or rubbish. Bulk trash may not be left curbside at any time except for Mondays. Please notify the neighborhood office to arrange a pick-up time for bulk trash items. For more information about disposing of bulk trash items, please contact your Corvias Community Office.
As many of you have experienced, Southwest Oklahoma is known for its windy days. In order to prevent trash from flying out of the bins and dirtying up the streets, Corvias encourages residents to bag the trash inside the container. Corvias also asks if you see trash lying around your neighborhood to be a good steward and pick it up. We appreciate your attention in keeping your community beautiful.
Your community calendar can help you stay up-to-date on trash, recycling, lawn care, resident events and community activities.
You can even sync your community calendar with a personal Google calendar by clicking on the +Google button on the bottom right-hand corner of the calendar.
Upcoming events and important dates
- June 4 – Old Cavalry Post Community Center Grand Opening, 11:00 a.m
- .June 5 – 3 Mile Thursday
- June 7 – 75th Diamond Brigade Run
- June 7 – D-Day Paintball Tournament
- June 15 – Father’s Day