On behalf of Corvias Military Living, I would like to extend a sincere “Thank you!” to Eglin family members. Your enduring commitment and sacrifice in support of your loved ones who ensure our freedom and safety is inspiring and humbling.
During Military Family Appreciation Month, our team takes special note of the remarkable resiliency of military spouses and the unmatched adaptability of their children and other family members. In you we see strength and character which is unmatched outside of the military family. Through move-ins and move-outs, service requests and resident events, you open a small window into the triumphs, celebrations and struggles your commitment brings to your doorstep each day.
Sometimes it’s the loving smile we see a child give their parent upon their return from deployment when we visit their home to fix a leaky faucet. Other times it’s a couple pushing a stroller down the street while we’re on our way to prepare a home for an arriving family. In all of our interactions with you, we are reminded of why we are here and why we are so proud to be a part of the Eglin community.
Our commitment to you is to provide excellent service as we continually seek to support and improve your quality of life at Eglin Air Force Base.
Thank you for being a military family member.
November is an exciting time as we prepare for our first resident activity for our residents. Cooler weather usher’s in the Fallapalooza.
Fallapalooza is scheduled for Nov. 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Unity Park. Activities will include fall-themed games, face painting, music and refreshments. This event, along with all Corvias events, are free to on-base housing residents.
Be sure to check the online neighborhood calendars for events in November and December.
Corvias Foundation Scholarship and Grant Applications available November 1 to children and spouses of active-duty service members
Applications for the 2014 Scholarship and Educational Grant are available after November 1 atwww.corviasfoundation.org. The Foundation is committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education and has awarded more than $4.5 million since 2006.
Applications for the Scholarship must be submitted by February 13, 2014, and will be awarded to high school seniors with plans of attending a four-year university in the amount of up to $50,000 each. The Foundation will select 10 children of active-duty service members stationed at Forts Meade, Bragg, Polk, Rucker, Riley, Sill, and Aberdeen Proving Ground to receive the scholarships. New this year, children at Edwards AFB, Eglin AFB, Eielson AFB, Hurlburt Field, McConnell AFB and Seymour Johnson AFB will also be eligible to apply for the scholarships.
Applications for the Educational Grant must be submitted by May 8, 2014. Grants are given in amounts up to $5,000 for the spouse of an active-duty service member at the installations listed above. Applicants may be in any stage of the educational process.
Applications and all necessary paperwork must be submitted by the due date. Awards for both the scholarship and grant are for use beginning in the fall of 2014.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-228-2836 with any questions about eligibility or the application process.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is touted as the biggest shopping day of the year and the beginning of the holiday shopping season. This can also be a stressful time, as gift giving can quickly “gobble” up your hard-earned money. Don’t fret – we’ve got some quick and easy tips to ensure that your many purchases don’t burn a hole in your wallet.
1. Before you hit the stores, be aware of where your finances currently stand. Only purchase items that you are confident you can afford.
2. Create a budget specifically for holiday shopping. Follow your budget as closely as possible, and track your spending. Need help? Contact the Personal Financial Readiness at 850-882-9060 or 850-882-9061.
3. Ask for military discounts wherever you go. Even if stores do not advertise the discount, ask – you may be pleasantly surprised to hear the answer.
4. Shop around. Look at the circulars for sales and discounts. Recognize a good price when you see one.
5. Follow your gut instincts – if you think a potential gift is too much for you to spend, look for something else at a lower price.
6. Cyber Monday, anyone? Check for last minute deals and steals online on Monday, December 2.
7. Some of the best gifts come from the heart and cost nothing at all. Be creative!
8. Don’t forget to stop, relax, and enjoy the season with your family and friends. That’s really what it is all about.
Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is a time of year when serious fires can occur. Thanksgiving Day tops the charts as one of the peak days for home cooking fires.
Cooking is the leading cause of fires and fire related injuries across the country. Cooking fires are easily preventable. Here are some tips for safer cooking this holiday:
• Only use an approved turkey fryer with four legs and a built-in thermostat so proper oil temperature can be maintained. Make sure the fryer cannot tip over, a major cause of most fires.
• Fry outdoors, away from buildings and other combustible items. Never use a fryer indoors. Keep children and pets away while frying.
• Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and dry. Lower the turkey into the hot oil slowly.
• Never leave the fryer unattended.
Other holiday safety tips include:
• When cooking indoors using a natural gas stove, make sure there is not a buildup of carbon monoxide in the home. The stove is a common source of carbon monoxide in the home, especially if you are cooking for several hours. Run any vents you have in the kitchen, especially the one over the stove. You should open windows/doors in the kitchen at least once each hour to allow fresh air to circulate into the kitchen.
• Make sure you have a properly operating smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in the home.
• In the case of a stove fire, shut off the stove and cover the burning pan with a lid or use a fire extinguisher. Do not throw water, salt, flour or any other substance on the fire; these substances can cause the fire to flare up. Do not try to move a burning pan outside.
• If there is a fire inside the oven, shut off the oven and leave the door shut. Call 9-1-1 and report the fire and leave the home until firefighters arrive.
How can you save energy when cooking your Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t open the oven door while you’re cooking! Instead, turn on the oven light and check on your food through the oven window.
Please remember to contact your Community Office should any house guest stay in your home for longer than seven days. You can then register them as an official house guest.
Registered guests are welcome to visit for no longer than 30 consecutive days. Guests are not allowed to stay in the home if they have been barred from the installation.
Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 a.m. As you set your clocks back an hour, it’s also recommended by fire departments and FEMA to replace the batteries in smoke alarms.
If a smoke alarm does not sound when tested, call your Community Office immediately. A chirping sound from your smoke detector is a low battery warning. If you would like assistance checking your smoke detector, please call your Community Office.