- Message from the Program Manager – Wichita Wingnuts Partnership
- A day dedicated to our residents!
- Utility Meter installation
- Know the base regulations
- 4 ways you can have a fun and safe summer
- Tips for a less stressful move
- Grass seed available at your Community Office
- Green Corner
- Airman’s Attic provides free resources
- Corvias Foundation awards $500,000 in scholarships to Military Children Community calendar
As I mentioned in the May newsletter, Corvias Military Living and The Wichita Wingnuts, Wichita’s professional baseball team, are partnering throughout the 2014 season to honor a "Hero of the Game" at each Friday home game. The selected hero will be invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and have their story shared over the P.A. system. In addition, the selected hero will receive tickets to the game for their immediate family members, a game-worn Wichita Wingnuts American flag jersey and a baseball autographed by the team.
I encourage McConnell families to nominate your military member to receive this honor by sending the individual's name and an explanation of why they deserve to be chosen to firstname.lastname@example.org. The remaining Friday home games are May 30, June 20, July 11 and 18 as well as August 15 and 29.
As a way to thank our McConnell families, you can register to win FREE Wingnuts tickets! Stop by the Community Office between June 2 -13 and register to win tickets for your household to attend any home Wingnuts baseball game this summer.
If you have any questions about this partnership, please contact your Community Office for more information.
The Corvias Military Living team would like to thank our residents for making McConnell Air Force Base such a great place to live and work. To show our appreciation, we will be providing a special treat for couples on June 20.
Service members and spouses are invited to join us at the Youth Center between 11 a.m and 1 p.m. Friday, June 20 for a special lunch and pampering! This celebration is a small token of our appreciation for allowing us to serve our nation’s heroes and their families.
As part of the agreement with the Air Force, Corvias Military Living is required to meter all homes that will remain past the five-year Initial Development Period, as well as all new homes that will be constructed. As a result, electric and gas utility meters will be installed on homes June 23 through July 11.
This is part of a Department of Defense mandated program in which military members and their families are responsible for the utilities they consume and are encouraged to be more conscious of how their actions can affect the environment.
This congressionally-supported policy holds residents of Air Force privatized housing responsible for their electric and gas usage by placing a financial responsibility for utility consumption on each family.
Once the meters are added to the homes, at least 12 months of data will be collected before the utility conservation program begins. During this period of data collection, residents will not receive a bill. Once a home is brought into the utility conservation program, there will be a period of mock billing that will be determined once the program is established.
The specific details of the utility conservation program that will be implemented at McConnell is being proposed to the Air Force and has not yet been approved. After receiving approval, Corvias will ensure residents have a clear understanding of the program before utility conservation program begins.
If you have any questions, please contact your Community Office.
School’s out for summer! Enjoying the outdoors is a great way for kids to spend their time off. For the safety and consideration of all residents, please review the Resident Responsibility Guide and these McConnell AFB youth supervision guidelines as a family:
- Children under the age of 4 are to be attended by an adult by at all times while outside, including playing.
- Children aged 5 and 6 may be unattended outside but must have immediate access (visual, sight or hearing distance) to an adult.
- Children between the ages of 7 and 9 may be unattended outside with access to adult assistance.
- Minor family members will not be allowed to:
- Loiter or play in any street or thoroughfare
- Loiter/play around dormitories, storage, maintenance, construction or flight line areas
- Cause a general nuisance or disturbance
- Destroy, damage, or deface any building, structure, sign, equipment or property.
If you observe any unattended children or inappropriate behavior please contact the Community Office at 316-347-2929 or Security Forces at 316-759-3976.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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. 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!
Corvias Military Living provides grass seed while supplies last. Call or stop by your Community Office for more details.
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 Airman’s Attic at McConnell Air Force Base is available to young families needing assistance with basic needs. Airman's Attic can provide basic household goods or uniform items to all Airman staff sergeant and below at no cost to the family. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 53295 Kansas Street, Building 804. These items are made available by generous donations from the greater McConnell community.
The Attic is also operated in conjunction with the Loan Closet, where service members can borrow items of need until their own household goods arrive. Please contact your Community Office for more information.
Corvias Foundation, the private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias Group, is committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education and has awarded 11 college scholarships of up to $50,000 to outstanding high school students, marking the ninth class of Our Future scholarship recipients. Since its founding in 2006 by Corvias Group CEO John Picerne, 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 eleven graduating seniors are the children of active-duty service members stationed at Fort Bragg and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina, Fort Meade in Maryland, and Fort Sill in Oklahoma.
From Fort Bragg, Jeanmary Aray Freites plans to attend St. Lawrence University, NY in the fall to work toward medical school; Megan Conroy will attend Duke University to study science; Cherrel Manley plans to study pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Katelyn Mann will attend Green Mountain College to pursue her interest in environmental and sustainability studies; and Zia Matti plans to attend St. Cloud State University to pursue a degree in chemistry, to eventually become a pharmacist.
Carla Aviles-Jimenez of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will pursue her interests in publishing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Kamrie Risku will pursue a degree in psychiatry at North Carolina State University.
Chris Buckley and Sara Russell, both of Fort Meade, will attend the University of Maryland and University of Texas at Austin to study mechanical engineering and environmental science, respectively.
From Fort Sill, Samantha Ciaramitaro plans to pursue her interests in advertising and broadcasting at the University of Texas at El Paso, and Oluwasegun Paul Emenogu Ntia will begin his studies at The Ohio State University to pursue being a neurosurgeon.
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