- Message from the Program Manager
- Steam Line Repairs to begin this Spring
- Protect your Pets this Winter
- Ways to Overcome Cabin Fever
- Add Special Meaning to your Valentine’s Day Bouquet
- Free Bowling for Families of Deployed Airmen!
- Applications for Corvias Scholarships due This Month!
- Green Corner
- Eielson AFB Family Housing Facebook Page
- Upcoming Events and Important Dates
Corvias Military Living believes in giving back to the community in which we serve. One of the ways we give back at Eielson AFB is through three programs that assist Airmen and their families.
The first program is the Honey Do Program, which is for the spouses of Airmen who are deployed or separated on long-term TDY. Spouses can apply to have a Corvias team member complete honey-do jobs in their home or yard. Corvias Maintenance team members can be scheduled to come into your home and complete handyman jobs like hanging pictures, or putting together furniture.
The second program is the Home Watch Program. Service members who are gone longer than 10 days from their home can apply for this program. The program includes a quick check up on the exterior and interior of your home while you are away. You can schedule your home to be checked weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Besides ensuring the security of your home, a Corvias Maintenance team member will also check the home and ensure everything is in working condition.
The third program is designed to alleviate some of the stress related to deployment or separation. Families of deployed Airmen can get free snow removal for their on-base home. We’ll shovel the snow from your driveway and sidewalk. Just bring a copy of the Airmen’s orders to the Corvias Community Office in Amber Hall, Suite 215 and we’ll take care of the rest.
These programs are free and a great way to reduce the stress in your life and make your stay at Eielson AFB better. Again, thank you for your service and sacrifice to our nation. If you have any questions or concerns, you can call us at 907-372-2300 or stop by the Community Office.
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The Army Corps of Engineers and 354th Civil Engineer Squadron will begin a complete overhaul of the underground steam line system this spring. The repairs are part of a three-year plan to overhaul the steam lines in residential housing.
All residents are invited to attend a Town Hall to discuss the project on Tuesday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the Eielson Movie Theater.
This summer’s repairs will directly impact 106 homes along Last Frontier Circle, Midnight Sun Avenue, French Creek Drive and Aurora Avenue in the French Creek neighborhood. The scope of work for this project will include temporary installation of heat and hot water units in the mechanic room of the homes, extensive trench work, removing the old steam line, installing the new line and repairing the roads and yards. Members of the Army Corps of Engineers, Eielson Civil Engineers and civilian contractors will conduct the repairs. The work will most likely begin in May and end in September.
The repairs are expected to disrupt utilities (heat & hot water), roads, neighborhood & playground access, and parking. Corvias Military Living will work closely with the construction crews to keep residents informed.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Community Office at 907-372-2300 or drop by our office at Amber Hall, Suite 215.
Most domesticated cats and dogs cannot thrive in the subzero temperatures of Alaska’s Interior. Sometimes a pet is locked outside or escapes from the home, yard or even the owner. It doesn’t take long for a scared, hungry animal to become hurt or worse. The following are several ways to keep your pet safe this winter.
- Don’t tie up pets.
- Bring pets inside during extreme weather.
- Report unattended or abandoned pets to security forces or Corvias.
- Pets should be registered with the Fort Wainwright Veterinary Treatment Facility and micro chipped.
- Pets should wear a collar with an up-to-date dog tag.
- Residents must leash their pet at all times outside the home.
- Pets must be registered with Corvias.
Every year dozens of dogs and cats go missing on Eielson AFB. These steps will help you keep your pet safe and reunite you with them if they get lost.
The first winter in Alaska’s Interior is always the toughest. The darkness, cold weather and isolation can sometimes have a significant impact on a person. One may lose interest in their favorite activities, sleep too much, get depressed or put on extra weight. These can be signs of cabin fever, winter blues, seasonal sadness or "Seasonal Affective Disorder" (SAD).
According to Mental Health America more than half a million people suffer from SAD each year. Most sufferers are women and the symptoms usually develop between 18 and 30 years of age.
Military family members are subjected to frequent relocations to some very different places. We may not always be able to choose where to live, but there are several ways to treat cabin fever. You may be surprised at how simple treatment is.
- Get Outside – When symptoms are mild, spending time outdoors during the day can be helpful. Get outside when the sun is brightest and open your blinds to let in as much natural light as possible.
- Stay Active – Make a plan for fun exercise, large projects, hobbies and social events to keep you active in the winter. Weekend warrior projects like organizing the pantry, catching up on laundry, or re-organizing a closet can help reduce the symptoms of cabin fever.
- Light Therapy – Light therapy consists of daily exposure to a light box that simulates high-intensity sunlight. Light helps to regulate melatonin and serotonin in our body. Serotonin keeps a person alert and full of energy. Melatonin regulates the body’s sleep patterns. These two hormones help keep us rested and active.
- Medical Care – Sometimes cabin fever requires professional medical care antidepressant medication or counseling. It is normal to feel down from time-to-time, but if you feel down for days at a time, think about suicide or abuse alcohol or other substances, see your doctor.
Maintaining an active and social lifestyle can help keep cabin fever at bay and make most winters bearable. Luckily most sufferers improve quickly in the spring, over a period of a week or so. Some people even develop great bursts of energy and creativity when the snow melts. Until spring comes, get up, get out and get social.
Flowers have long been associated with Valentine’s Day. But a bouquet of flowers in the Victorian era had additional meaning. During the 1800s it was not uncommon for friends and family to use certain types and colors of flowers to communicate specific sentiment and messages. This Valentine’s Day add an extra layer of meaning to your bouquet of flowers.
Red & White Unity
Red Declaration of Love
Yellow Hopelessly in Love
Yellow Secret Admirer
There are more than 70 different types of flowers and greenery that have special meaning. If you want to tell your loved one that they possess delicate beauty, grace and purity you could put together a bouquet with orchids, white roses and jasmine. If you want to tell a friend that you value their sincerity, strength of character, and friendship you could put together a bouquet of hyacinth, gladiolus, and yellow roses. There are countless combinations. You can learn more about the meaning of flowers at aboutflowers.com.
The Force Support Squadron wants to give something back to the families of Airmen who are deployed. If your Airman is deployed, your family can bowl for free every Monday night from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Arctic Nite Lanes Bowling Center. Each family member of a deployed service member gets three free games and free shoe rental per visit. For more information call 907-377-1129.
Don’t forget! Applications for the Corvias Foundation $50,000 Scholarships for children of active-duty service members are due Thursday, February 12. The application is available online at corviasfoundation.org. $5,000 Educational Grants for spouses are due May 7.
Cleaning your dryer’s lint filter trap can slash its energy usage by as much as 30 percent.
Get the latest events, news, and updates on Corvias Military Living’s Eielson AFB Family Housing Page at https://www.facebook.com/CorviasMilitaryLivingEielson.
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
- Groundhog Day – Feb 2
- Valentine’s Day – Feb 14
- President’s Day – Feb 16