- Join us for spooktacular fun!
- Getting in the spirit
- Strengthening Families and Communities - “Know your Resources”
- Corvias Foundation Awards $100,000 in Educational Grants to 20 Military Spouses
- Time for a change
- Before you get that new pet
- Green Corner
- Want to know what is happening in your community?
The kids are back in school, the weather is starting to cool and the leaves are changing colors. All of this can only mean one thing, fall has arrived! In order to get everyone into the spirit, Corvias invites you to join us for our annual Fallapalooza event at Southern Plains Community Center on Friday, October 16 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Stop by the Corvias Haunted Mansion for spooky, carnival style fun. There will be bounce houses, games, a children’s train ride and much more. We hope you’ll stick around until 6:00 p.m. for the costume contest. The contest will include three age groups: 0-3 years old, 4-8 year olds, and 9-14 year olds. We will offer prizes to the winners in each age group. Complimentary drinks, popcorn, hotdogs and other snacks will be offered. The event is free and open to all Corvias Military Living residents. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
More and more people each year are getting in to the Halloween spirit by placing spooky decorations in and around their home. Corvias Military Living encourages families to join in the fun, but asks all residents to please follow the rules associated with decorating for the holiday. Here are a few friendly reminders that we ask you keep in mind before you begin decorating.
Please make sure all decorations placed on the home are done so in a safe manner. Take every precaution to ensure none of the decorations pose a fire threat to you or your neighbor’s home. This also includes ensuring all emergency personnel and vehicles have access to your home should there be an emergency. All decorations placed in or around the home must have the Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc. (UL) approval.
No decoration should be placed on the roof of your home. Many times the nails, along with the extra weight of the decorations, can cause damage to the roof resulting in leaks. If you are hanging outdoor lights, please use approved plastic clips to attach the lights to the roof line.
Due to the warm climate in Oklahoma, our lawn care provider will continue mowing throughout most of October. Please make sure any holiday yard decorations are removed on your designated lawn care day. The decorations can be placed back in the yard once your yard has been mowed.
Finally, all decorations should be removed from the exterior of the homes within two weeks after the holiday. This provides everyone ample time to take down their decorations and store them.
If you have any questions regarding the policy on decorations please refer your Resident Responsibility Guide (RRG).
Knowing what resources are available is essential to navigating military life. Community resources and support can help military families develop skills to become resilient and cope with challenging situations.
Reaching out to community resources for assistance can:
- Give you the ability to make realistic plans for you and your family and take the steps necessary to follow through with them.
- Give you a positive self-concept and confidence in your strengths and abilities.
- Help you develop communication and problem-solving skills.
- Help you manage negative impulses and feelings in a positive way.
Wellness resources for the military community:
- Friends and Family – stay connected to family and friends. Build a support network through your Family Readiness Group, parenting support groups or other organizations on post.
- Military OneSource– is a one-stop shop, with an array of information on topics to include deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood, and much more. Military OneSource offers confidential non-medical counseling services online, by telephone or face to face.
- Army Community Service - (580) 442-4916
- Soldier and Family Assistance Center - (580) 558-4987
If you need assistance connecting to wellness resources contact your Resident Relations Manager at 580-581-2100.
Corvias Foundation, a private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias Group, has been committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education since 2006. This year alone, Corvias Foundation has awarded 20 educational grants totaling $100,000 to the spouses of active-duty service members.
“Each of these women should be commended for their determination to better prepare themselves to achieve their professional goals,” said Maria Montalvo, Foundation Executive Director. “We’re so glad to be able to offer them financial assistance and, more importantly, a support network to be there for them on this journey.”
Since its founding by Corvias Group CEO John Picerne, the Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in educational grants and scholarships to the spouses and kids of active-duty service members.
“Corvias’ commitment to improving the quality of life for service members and their families extends well beyond housing,” said John Picerne, Foundation Founder. “Education is one of the best ways anyone can improve his or her life and we’re honored to help these 20 spouses pursue these dreams without the burden of debt.”
This year’s recipients are stationed at seven Army and Air Force installations across the United States.
Nine of the spouses represented Fort Bragg in North Carolina. They are: Dalya Alagele, Kaleena Cook, Sherryl Esplana, LaVida Frieson, Bobbe Garcia, Amanda Hunnicutt, Kierin Johnson, Malori Mayor, and Linda Persaud.
Katlynn Dillon and Carolette Wright of Fort Polk received grants as well as, Sina Carwell and Queenter Ochanda from Fort Riley, Heather Palmer, from Fort Rucker in Alabama, Destiny Leggett from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida and Diana Jusino of Hurlburt Field in Florida.
Lastly, two spouses at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas have also received grants. They are Rose Caceres and Katherine Jensen.
About Corvias Foundation
Corvias Foundation, the charitable arm of the Corvias Group, is committed to inspiring students, college and university campuses, military families, and our employees to reach higher. Founded in 2006 as "Our Family for Families First Foundation," our work increases access to educational, internship, mentoring and volunteering opportunities so that those we touch are empowered to pursue their dreams and to make a greater impact in service of their communities and their nation. We strive to create ever-increasing opportunities by providing the resources and networks needed to help our scholars and partners surpass their goals. We achieve this through a commitment to education, community engagement and high-impact charitable giving. Online scholarship applications are available each November at www.corviasfoundation.org or call 401-228-2836 for more information.
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 Office for details.
Before you bring that new puppy or pet home there are some things each base resident should know.
All pets in military housing need to be registered with Corvias and have a signed pet addendum before the pet is brought home. Registering a pet is easy; all you need is the following information to fill out a Corvias Pet Addendum.
- Photo of pet
- Current Inoculation/Rabies Record
- Housebroken (yes/no)
You can obtain a copy of the Pet Addendum at your community office. In addition to reading and signing the Pet Addendum, each resident must also pay a refundable $150 pet deposit and non-refundable $100 pet fee for each pet. According to the Pet Addendum, the resident remains liable for all damages caused by the pet in excess of $200. The resident is also responsible for any and all personal injuries or damages caused by their pet(s).
Pets are like family members and no one wants to lose their pet. Thus, all dogs and cats residing on Fort Sill must have a permanent identification microchip implant and be registered with the Fort Sill Veterinarian Services. This implant allows post personnel to return your pet to you if it gets lost.
The post pet policies are designed to keep you, your pet and your neighbors safe. Also, please refer to the Army post restricted breed list. Pit bulls, Rottweiler, Doberman pinschers, Chows and Wolf hybrids are banned breeds on Fort Sill. If you have any questions about pets in military housing please contact your Community Office.
Switch to LED (light emitting diode) holiday lights! LED holiday lights use about 90 percent less energy than traditional mini lights.
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Important dates and events
- Oct.9- Popcorn Friday! Pop over to your community center for free popcorn all day.
- Oct. 12- Limited hours of operation in observance of Columbus Day. Corvias Community Centers open from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Oct.13- GI Jane Luncheon; Museum Parking lot; 8:30 a.m.
- Oct. 16- Fallapalooza resident event; Southern Plains Community Center; 4:30-7:30 p.m.
- Oct. 17- MWR Pumpkin Patch; LETRA; 12-4 p.m.
- Oct. 17- MWR Zombie Hunt; LETRA; 8-10 p.m.
- Oct. 23- Cocktails & Cakes for a Cure. Patriot Club; 6:30-10 p.m.