- Pools to close Sept. 1
- You spoke, We listened!
- Flu shots coming to your Community Center
- Devil Dogs on the loose
- Corvias Foundation Awards 2014 Educational Grants to Military Spouses
- Get CERTified
- Time for a change
- Thousands participate in Run to Home Base
- Suicide Prevention: Recognize the Signs and Know the Resources
- Resident Reminders: Yard sales and home businesses
- Use your head – wear a helmet
- Conquer your laundry heap
- Green Corner
- Seasonal Lawn Care Services
- Quarterly Pest Control
- Tell us how we are doing!
- Want to know what is happening in your Community?
Come enjoy the pool for the last few days this summer! Labor Day will be the end of pool season for all Corvias community pools. The pools will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Labor Day, September 1 – weather permitting.
Corvias is excited to announce we are extending your key fob hours at the community centers’ fitness rooms. Starting September 1, residents will have access to the gym and laundry facilities from 5:00 a.m. midnight every day of the week. Many service members expressed to us their desire to use the community center later at night, and we are happy to make this change and provide a solution for that need.
The new hours are a Fort Sill-wide change. So no matter if you use either Southern Plains or Old Cavalry Post Community Centers, you will have a consistent resident experience. Thank you for your comments. We look forward to continuing to serve you and make Fort Sill a great place to live!
For the first-time ever, Reynolds Army Community Hospital will have a team at the Corvias Community Centers giving flu shots to residents in September. Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year. Flu season typically starts in the fall and peaks in January or February. Illness from seasonal flu usually lasts one to weeks, and the best form of protection is getting the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available in your area. Please see below for when flu shots will be available for your community.
- Southern Plains Community Center: September 24, 10:00 – 2:00
- Old Cavalry Post Community Center: September 25, 10:00 – 2:00
The U.S. Marine Corps Artillery Detachment is sponsoring the 21st Annual Devil Dog Run Saturday, Sept. 13, at 8 a.m. The run starts and ends at Pritchard Field and travels through Wolf Manor and Academic Heights. Traffic will be open, but residents should travel with caution and follow road guard directions. To participate in the 10k, 5k or one mile fun run, click here for registration.
The Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) program is enrolling students in the basic training course, scheduled for Sept. 26, 27 and 28. The CERT program will educate students about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and basic disaster response skills. Using CERT training individuals can assist others in their community, workplace or school following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Click here for information about enrollment.
Operation Kid Fit (OKF) sessions will begin next month and there are six slots left! OKF is a positive parenting program that teaches caregivers skills to improve their children's nutrition and increase physical activity. This is an evidence-based program which can reduce risks of joint pain, asthma, liver problems, and self-esteem issues in children.
OKF can help parents learn how to:
- Provide healthy food choices
- Increase their child's physical activity
- Use incentives to help their child make better health-related choices
OKF is a 12-week commitment that includes:
- Ten 90-minute small group sessions
- Two 20-minute personalized phone calls with the OKF facilitator
- Online version also available for those who would like to participate from the comfort of their own home!
If you have a child between the ages of 4-11 and would like to learn more about the program or see if your family qualifies, please contact Karen Langlois at 580-442-0716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we move into fall heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning system (HVAC) filters should be changed out in conjunction with the changing weather.
HVACs recirculate indoor air, filters keep things like dust and debris from entering the system. Keeping an HVAC clean increases the longevity of the system and keeps efficiency high. Corvias Military Living recommends changing filters every 30 days.
Fall is the worst time of year for those who suffer from ragweed allergies. Ragweed pollen and other allergens, dust mites and pet dander are trapped by HVAC filters. Replacement filters are available by request. Contact your local Community Center for details.
Since 2006, John G. Picerne’s foundation, Corvias Foundation, has awarded over $5 million in scholarships and educational grants to children and spouses of active-duty service members. This year, the Foundation awarded $100,000 in educational grants to spouses of active-duty service members, including the following at Fort Sill, OK:
Amber Abernathy is a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science from Everest College-Phoenix. Mrs. Abernathy has volunteered many hours in her community and wants to work for the Department of Defense Criminal Investigation Division. Her husband is Staff Sgt. Adam Abernathy of the 428 Fires Brigade, 1/78 FA, B Battery of U.S. Army.
Amber McGuire is a freshman pursuing an Associate’s degree in Human Services Management from the University of Phoenix. Mrs. McGuire currently works as a job coach for individuals with special needs and wants to also help others as an addictions counselor. Her husband is Pfc. Daniel McGuire of the Alpha 313 75th FIRES Brigade of the U.S. Army.
Corvias Foundation sponsored the 5th Annual Shadow Run To Home Base on Friday, July 18, 2014, in Afghanistan in support of July 19’s Run to Home Base event in Boston, MA. Approximately 2,000 runners participated in Boston, and the Service Members in Afghanistan numbered more than 1,100. Soldiers and civilians at the base trekked back and forth on a road that stretched a mile and a half inside Bagram Airfield, the largest US military base in Afghanistan.
The Corvias family made a great showing in the race. New Corvias Foundation scholarship recipients, Zia Matti and Megan Conroy, participated in the Boston Run to Home Base, along with a number of Corvias Group employees and other Foundation scholarship alumni. Zia and Megan finished 1st and 2nd in the Women Under 19 group. In Afghanistan, runners from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Hurlburt Field Air Force Base, FL, and the New England-based Chaplain of the 10th Mountain Division, Captain Lukasz Willenberg, finished in the top 3 among deployed runners.
As part of the Run to Home Base, Corvias Foundation helped to put together care packages with toiletries, baseball hats, magazines, and additional supplies that will eventually make their way to the 10th Mountain Division and other troops in Afghanistan, including nearly 100 service members recommended by Corvias Group employees.
A sense of community is one of the most important factors in building ready and resilient service members and families. In the military community, support from others is the best resource in helping to face daily stressors, including feelings of isolation caused by being away from friends and family, long duty hours, financial stress and other challenges.
It is important for members of the military community to recognize when someone they care for is distancing themselves from their community, their loved ones, their unit, or when their behavior is source of concern. A sense of isolation can decrease one’s resiliency and increase their risk for suicide.
If you or someone you know is in need of help there are several resources to assist. The Military Crisis Line (800-273-8255, and then press one), also called the Veterans Crisis Line, is a joint Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs initiative. The MCL is staffed with caring, qualified VA responders who understand the challenges of military life. The MCL is a free, confidential service available 24/7 to all active duty, National Guard and reserve service members, their families and their friends. Those in crisis can also text (838255) or chat online at www.veteranscrisisline.net with a crisis line responder. Persons can also reach out to their local Chaplain’s office or Social Work Services via the installation’s medical clinics and/or hospital.
Community sales and private yard sales may be permitted at a designated location at dates and times to be determined by Corvias. Private yard sales are limited to the first Saturday of each month. Individual sales are solely for the disposal of personal household items which are not needed by the family. The resale of new items (as in a business) is not permitted. Resident may request authorization to have a yard sale by visiting their Community Office who will provide instructions for locations and methods of posting. All signs must be removed the same day after completion of the yard sale.
Home/ Commercial Businesses
Residents wishing to engage in ventures such as childcare, the sale of home or beauty products, or conduct fund raising events must submit a written request to the Community Office. Consideration of such requests requires endorsement from the Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR). Engaging in other commercial ventures is not permitted.
Bike riding is a lot of fun, but accidents can happen. That's why it's so important for you and your children to wear bike helmets each time you ride a bike, even for short rides. The helmet should have a sticker that says it meets standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and should fit properly. It should not be too small or too big or be worn with a hat. It should be worn level and cover the forehead. The straps should always be fastened and snug enough that you can't pull or twist the helmet around on your head.
If your child doesn’t love his bike helmet, encourage him to personalize it with some of his favorite stickers. Reflective stickers are a great choice because they look cool and make the rider more visible to vehicle drivers.
Do you sometimes feel that no matter how many loads of laundry you do, more piles of clothes keep appearing even before you’re finished? Try this system to make laundry more efficient and less time-consuming.
- If you wash fewer than five loads per week, select one day to finish the entire process: sorting, laundering, folding, ironing, and storing.
- If you have several loads, try a daily system, strictly adhering to a morning or evening routine and doing one or two loads per day.
- Keep all products you will need close at hand.
- Set aside space for a “repair center” for clothes that need new buttons, alterations, or mending. Then make all the fixes in one sitting.
- Keep a small dish nearby to collect coins, buttons, and other items found in pockets.
- Go to the dry cleaner on the same day each week to cut down on multiple trips.
- Find a comfortable area to fold clothes. Recruit family members to help. (And good luck with that.)
How can you save energy and keep your clothes wrinkle-free? Iron fabrics that require a cooler iron first and work up to those requiring higher heat. An iron heats faster than it cools, so it’s quicker to go from low to high than the reverse it. You’ll use less energy.
At Corvias Military Living, we do our best to improve your quality of life and overall housing experience. To us, this means making your life easier and taking chores off your plate when we can. As part of this, Corvias Military Living provides commercial lawn mowing services at no additional charge. These seasonal services are provided by Munie Greencare, an established leader in the commercial lawn mowing business. During the growth season, mowing in your community will be completed bi-weekly to weekly as grass growth rates require.
Check your resident calendar online for your scheduled lawn care. Please keep in mind, however, that inclement weather may require adjustments to your regular lawn mowing schedule. If you have questions about your lawn mowing services, please contact your Community Office.
How to Prepare Your Yard for Mowing:
- Remove toys, trash, patio furniture, grills and trampolines from all grassy areas on your lawn mowing day or the day before. Unprepared lawns will not be mowed.
- Remove pet waste from your yard. Crews will not mow lawns that contain pet waste.
- Remove decorative items such as solar lights, on your lawn mowing day. Crews will not trim around items that may be easily damaged.
- Place pets indoors on your lawn mowing day, to ensure their safety.
- Ensure that your backyard fence is unlocked to allow crews to access your yard. After lawn mowing has been completed, make sure your fence is closed before allowing your pet to re-enter your yard.
No Mow Option
We understand you may prefer to maintain your own lawn. If you do, please contact your Community Office, so we can provide your home with a special marker to display, and our lawn mowing crews will know to skip your lawn. If you choose to place your home on the no-mow list, you will be expected to cut and trim your lawn as often as—and at least to the standard of—our commercial lawn mowing service.
Corvias Military Living offers quarterly, preventative pest control treatment around the exterior of each home. Please be advised to unlock any gates and bring pets indoors on the scheduled treatment day to ensure that your home is sprayed in its entirety.
All chemicals used are organic, odorless and will not stain. Please refrain from watering the grass and flower bed areas for one hour after application for maximum effectiveness.
Environmental Pest and Termite Control of Lawton will conduct the preventative treatment as scheduled below, weather permitting. Please contact your Corvias Community Office with any questions. Be sure to check out your resident calendar for the pest control schedule.
The Corvias Military Living annual resident satisfaction survey will begin in October and will continue into November. Surveys are conducted by SatisFacts, an independent property management research firm.
SatisFacts will contact residents by email to complete a brief online survey. While participation is voluntary, your feedback is appreciated so we can work to improve your experience. Please contact your Community Office for more information.
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
- Sept. 1: All offices closed
- Sept. 6: Body vs. Earth Triathlon, LETRA, 8 a.m.
- Sept. 12: The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families Tour, Sheridan Theater, 2 and 5 p.m. shows
- Sept. 13: Devil Dog Run, 8 a.m.
- Sept. 15: Armed Forces Softball Tournament, Cannoneer Complex
- Sept. 19: Family and Friends Dinner, Patriot Club, 6–8 p.m.
- Sept. 20: Trailblazers, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 10-noon
- Sept. 20: Buffalo Burger Cookout, Co-Op Park, 11 a.m.– 3 p.m.
- Sept. 22: Soldier Show, Polo Field, 7 p.m.
- Sept. 27: Post-wide garage sale, 1/78th parking lot, 8 a.m.– 1 p.m.