- Message from the Program Manager
- Start your Holidays with Tis the Season
- Resident Survey Winner gets $500
- Corvias Office Hours for Christmas Holiday
- Corvias Employees Give Back
- Earn Big Money for College!
- Before you get that New Pet
- Tips for Keeping yourself and your Home Warm this Winter
- Green Corner
- Upcoming Events and Important Dates
For most people the Christmas season brings about visions of home-baked treats, crackling fireplaces, time spent catching up with relatives and presents under the Christmas tree. For those serving in the military it may be impossible to enjoy all of the traditions and pageantry normally associated with the holidays. If you are spending Christmas away from home this holiday season, here are a couple of suggestions for making the best of your California Christmas.
Try something new
Do something you could never do at home for Christmas. For instance, visit the beach, an amusement park, or Las Vegas. Try a new activity like mountain biking, scuba diving, skiing, or riding an ATV in the Mojave Desert. Southern California offers a lot of activities that most Americans rarely experience.
Reduce the stress of long lines, crowded stores and finding the perfect gift by shopping online. Edwards AFB is remote, but that doesn’t mean your shopping has to be limited. Most online shopping sites will include gift wrapping, free shipping and ensure that the item reaches its destination by Christmas.
Finding unique presents for relatives and friends is easier than you think. Surprise someone on Christmas morning with a California a-specific gift purchased from a local retailer. Lancaster, Palmdale and Los Angeles have a lot of specialized shops that sell unique or personalized gifts.
The ability to communicate globally has grown by leaps and bounds over the last 20 years. You no longer have to be alone during the holidays. Skype and other teleconference software is a great way to reconnect with friends and family. Teleconferencing can give you the chance to share holiday events and talk face-to-face.
Christmas time is ripe with opportunities for giving back to the local community. Volunteer, donate, serve, or smile at a stranger. Nothing lifts a person’s spirits like helping someone else, especially during the holidays.
We at Corvias Military Living wish everyone a happy holiday and a joyous new year. We greatly appreciate your service to our nation and if you have any questions please call the Community Office at (661) 385-6060.
Corvias Military Living
Join Corvias Military Living on Thursday, December 4 to celebrate Tis the Season! This holiday-themed event will be in the Branch Elementary Multi-Purpose Room from 3 to 6 p.m. The festivities will include free food, crafts, prizes and visits with Santa. The event is free to all Edwards AFB residents.
One lucky Edwards AFB resident has won a $500 visa gift card for participating in the annual Corvias Military Living resident survey. Congratulations to Jason Despain. Corvias’ goal is to provide the best homes, community, service and value to our customers. Your feedback from the survey will allow us to better meet your needs as we go into 2015.
The Corvias Community Office at Edwards Air Force Base will have limited office hours on December 24 and will be closed on December 25, Christmas Day. The office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Corvias maintenance staff will be on call throughout the holiday. Please contact 661-385-6051 for all maintenance and emergency issues. For additional information, please call 661-385-6060 or stop by the Community Office
In partnership with Corvias Foundation, Corvias employees are the backbone of the Foundation’s Adopt-A-Charity program. It begins with employees volunteering their time and selecting a local charity to support. The charity guides the scope of work to be accomplished during one or more work days, and the volunteer committee makes it happen.
These efforts take place outside of work hours and are entirely a volunteer commitment. The Corvias volunteer team from Fort Bragg spent three Saturdays during October working at the Warrior Transition Battalion Tranquility Garden (located across from the Soldier Support Center). From weeding and spreading new mulch, to building picnic tables and securing more shade cover for the large outdoor space, Team Bragg poured their heart and soul into the job.
Corvias Foundation is proud to partner with these employees as they demonstrate Corvias Group’s commitment to generously give back to the communities in which we live and serve.
Are you the spouse or child of an active-duty service member with plans to go to college? Go to corviasfoundation.org to learn more about available $50,000 Scholarships and $5,000 Educational Grants from Corvias Foundation. Applications available online.
Before you bring that new puppy or pet home for Christmas 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)
A copy of the Pet Addendum can be found at the following link under incoming resident documents http://airforce.corviasmilitaryliving.com/apply/how-to-apply/documents. In addition to reading and signing the Pet Addendum, each resident must also pay a refundable $200 pet deposit 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).
The breeding of pets is not allowed in base housing. We recommend that residents have their dogs or cats spayed or neutered. Each year thousands of pets are senselessly destroyed because of overbreeding.
Pets are like family members and no one wants to lose their pet. Thus, all dogs and cats residing on Edwards AFB must have a permanent identification microchip implant and be registered with the base veterinarian. This implant allows base personnel to return your pet to you if it gets lost.
The base pet policies are designed to keep you, your pet and your neighbors safe. If you have any questions about pets in military housing please contact us at 661-385-6060.
The mornings can get pretty chilly in the winter at Edwards AFB. Here are a couple ways to stay warm and help your home heat more effectively this holiday season.
Open curtains on the south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce heat loss. Minimize using exhaust fans in the bathroom or kitchen; this can quickly deplete your home of large amounts of warm air.
Most ceiling fans have a reverse setting for the winter season. When rotating clockwise, the fan will pull the warm air from the ceiling and prevent it from dissipating through the roof or walls.
Disconnect garden hoses from outside faucets; this will keep faucet pipes from freezing and breaking.
Placing rugs on tile, linoleum, concrete or hardwood flooring will help insulate the room and keep your feet warmer. Place blankets on couches, chairs and beds to stay warm as you sit or sleep. These cost-effective steps will help you enjoy your winter in Southern California and reduce your energy consumption.
If everyone in America recycled their wrapping paper on Christmas day it would save 1 million extra tons of trash. If you have to buy new wrapping paper for Christmas, go for the kind without glossy metallic coating. It is easier to recycle.
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
- Christmas – Dec 25
- New Year’s Eve – Dec 31