By Staff Sgt. Amanda McCarty
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Second Lt. Caleb Murphy and his wife Cristina were the first family to make their home here after a ceremony officially opened housing Aug. 26.
Schriever and Actus Lend Lease, along with the Murphy’s, cut a ceremonial ribbon on the first of 242 homes to be built for Schriever Airmen and their families, formally opening the area to residents.
Following the ceremony, the couple walked through their new four-bedroom home, featuring spacious areas and a variety of upgrades, including state-of-the-art energy efficient appliances, as well as a two-car garage.
The Murphy family said they chose to live at Schriever for many reasons. Firstly, the security of the base removes fear of crime. Additionally, the two wanted to be close to their neighbors and be part of building the community here. Another major contributing factor for Lieutenant Murphy, who works as a 4th Space Operations Squadron engineer, is how close he is to work. He pointed out that weather can be unpredictable and he’ll save a lot of time and be safer traveling to work. And, although he said he realizes that he’ll have to commute for non-work related needs in the beginning, he said he works more than anything else.
“You travel to work more than you do shopping,” said Lieutenant Murphy.
Of course the couple said the allure of living in their first new home and the great view of the mountains are also factors in their decision to live on base.
Three- and four-bedroom homes are built for Airmen of all ranks and range in size from 1,924 square feet to 4,000 square feet. The project, estimated at $66 million, is scheduled to be completed in 2010.
For more information about base housing, visit www.schriever.af.mil/housing or contact Judy Dickson at 567-2884 or by e-mail at Judith.Dickson@schriever.af.mil.