Commentary by Lt. Col. Daniel Clairmont
50th Civil Engineer Squadron commander
As commander of the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron, I’ve had the opportunity to witness dramatic changes to the landscape of Schriever AFB. Without question, the most notable change has been the addition of base housing. However, the homes themselves are not nearly as significant a change as the families that live in them. As we progress through the Year of the Air Force Family we have not lost sight of the fact that building a house is only step one in the successful accomplishment of what can be considered the 50th Space Wing’s newest mission…taking care of families.
Tierra Vista Communities (TVC), who manages our housing community, has done an outstanding job throughout construction to ensure these homes are some of the finest in the Colorado Springs area. They offer well-insulated homes with high efficiency heating and cooling systems and appliances.
TVC did not stop there; the homes are much larger than what you would receive in a traditional military family home. The homes are all three or four bedrooms with two-car garages, storage areas, fenced in backyards and yard care. The community will also offer playgrounds, an indoor heated swimming pool, sports fields, and the list goes on.
TVC is doing their part and the wing is stepping up to bring you and your families the rest of the essential infrastructure and services required for the successful support of our newest mission. For example, there is an addition to the Child Development Center currently under construction to better suit before-and-after school care programs and a strong push to provide additional facilities for youth programs and services this fiscal year.
Maybe your family has considered moving out to Schriever to take advantage of spacious homes, additional safety and security, and the benefits of being able to walk to work but just aren’t sure. Fortunately, Schriever now offers a government housing staff to help you with all your housing needs and answer any questions you might have.
Maybe on-base housing is just not right for you at this time. My housing staff is also there to help with off base housing information, whether you are interested in rental properties, purchasing a home, or PCSing to another location.
Our government housing office has two locations to better serve you. Debbie Perez is located outside the RA in bldg T65, the Airman and Family Readiness Center, or can be reached at 567-5069. Judy Dickson is located inside the RA in Bldg 500, or by calling 567-2884. Eventually, the staff will be co-located with TVC Property Management offices in the new housing community center, scheduled to open late Jan 2010.
My housing staff is also working to offer home buying and selling and relocation seminars. Please watch for notices in the “Schriever Sentinel” newspaper, and the Airmen and Family Readiness Calendar of Events throughout the Year of the Air Force Family.