Promoter Don Ball reports this year’s Gulf Coast Jam will mark the first time Percy Sledge and The Fabulous Boogie Kings have shared a stage. “We have got a fantastic lineup,” Ball said about the concert, set for Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Port Arthur Civic Center. Louisiana Express, Eazy, Jerry LaCroix and G.G. Shinn will be part of the show, Ball said. Though the Boogie Kings have had many “farewell” tours, Ball said popular demand from fans is such that they have since gone back to the studio to make another recording. CavOILcade to sponsor trip to Marksville The chips are down for those who love Port Arthur’s city festival, CavOILcade. CavOILcade, Inc. is sponsoring an overnight trip to Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, La. The bus will leave the Port Arthur Civic Center parking lot 9 a.m., Sunday, June 22 and return 4 p.m., Monday, June 23. Cost of the trip, including room, baggage handling and donation to the scholarship fund is $70. Upon arrival at the casino a $20 cash play perk and a $10 food voucher will be issued. The reservation deadline is June 10. For reservations or more information, call 983-4034 or 498-1793. CavOILcade accepting applications If you’ve ever dreamed of being a princess, it’s time to sign up. CavOILcade, Inc. is accepting applications for princess sponsors and princesses. Area civic and social clubs and organizations, as well as businesses, are eligible to sponsor a princess. Young women entering the twelfth grade in August are eligible to participate as princesses. They must reside in Port Arthur, Port Neches, Nederland, Groves or Sabine Pass. For more information, contact Pam Trosclair, CavOILcade executive director, at 498-1793. Celebrate Shangri La Exhibition Ends June 28 at Stark Museum of Art Catch the Celebrate Shangri La exhibition at the Stark Museum of Art in Orange through Saturday, June 20. The exhibition features works from the Stark Museum of Art collections and depicts the flora and fauna that can be seen at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, which opened this past March in Orange. On view are selected works of John James Audubon, including the double elephant folio of “The Birds of America” from his personal collection as well as individual prints from the publication. A rare copper plate used to produce Audubon’s Swallow-Tailed Hawk is also on display, along with one of the resulting prints. For more information, call 886.ARTS or visit www.starkmuseum.org. Contact this reporter at [email protected]
Forget the Week Zero win over Silsbee. Forget the Week One win over West Orange-Stark and also forget the Week Two loss to Humble Summer Creek. That is the message Port Neches-Groves Coach Brandon Faircloth is telling his players and coaches heading into next week’s District 20-4A opener at Lumberton. The Indians have this week off after an impressive opening three weeks. “We need to put all that out of our minds,” Faircloth said. “The past success will not lead to future success. Our tough non-district opponents showed us a few weaknesses and now it is up to us to improve in those areas.” PN-G’s offense is off to a blistering start even against three tough opponents. The Indians are averaging 378 yards a game in 2013. Quarterback Ky Walker has thrown for 583 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Walker was knocked out of the Summer Creek game after suffering a concussion. Faircloth reported Tuesday Walker was back at practice this week and will be on the field against the Raiders. Freshman Adam Morse stepped in for PN-G against Summer Creek and threw for 153 yards on 21-for-36 passing with an interception and a touchdown. Brent Halfin leads the PN-G rushing attack with 583 yards, while a pair of receivers are making headlines on The Reservation. Kaleb Sparks has 24 catches for 253 yards while Jeremiah Rose has 25 receptions for 316 yards. Yet it is another area on the offense Faircloth applauded the most. “Our offensive line has done a great job this year,” Faircloth said. “Those guys have been the key for us as a team. They have protected our quarterbacks and have done a great job in run blocking. We would not be where we are today without those guys.” PN-G’s defense is giving up an average of 383 yards a game. “Our guys on defense run to the ball well,” Faircloth said. “We are not the biggest team, and probably never will be, but our guys never take a play off on defense. Our coaches have come up with great schemes each week and our players have bought into the plans each week. “On special teams we will continue to look for consistency. We have to continue to hold our blocks and create some running room. We have done a good job on blocking during punts and we hope to continue to improve on special teams.” Any year the Indians do not make the playoffs is a disappointment for Faircloth, his team and the PN-G community. The Indians must get through a tough district schedule to reach the postseason. “Our district, simply put, is brutal,” Faircloth said. “It is incredible. Any Friday night you can get beat by anyone. You have to be at your best or you will not win a game. We want that taste out of our mouth of not making the playoffs. We want to play in Week 11 and I truly believe we have the team to reach our goal this year.” PN-G’s could not have gotten off to a much better start with big wins against 3A foes Silsbee and WO-S. The victory over the Mustangs was the first win against WO-S since 1996. PN-G then lost to No. 4 Summer Creek after holding a lead at halftime. The Bulldogs ran off 24 unanswered points in the third quarter to overtake the Indians. The record is solid but the non-district success means nothing if the Indians falter in the upcoming district race.
On October 2, 1942 he met and married the love of his life, Dorothy La Fleur, who preceded him in death. This union was blessed with five children, one daughter who preceded him death, Betty White.Silas leaves to cherish his memories his son, James Addison (Brenda), three daughters, Joyce Pitre, of Port Arthur, Texas, Geraldine Jones (Ewart) of League City, Texas, and Linda Marie Shankle (William “Bill”) of Fresno, Texas.Funeral service will be on April 16, 2016 with a viewing from 9:00 a.m. and service at 11:00 a.m. at St Mark Baptist Church 6200 Roosevelt Street Port Arthur, Texas. Arrangements under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home. Next Up The sunrise of Silas Addison was in Liverpool, Louisiana, on November 24, 1918, to parents, Joseph Addison and Mary Tate Addison. Silas sunset was April 11, 2016 at the age of 97.
Next UpShe was preceded in death by her parents, Lelia and Leaven White, brother, Bill White, husbands, J.G. Stracener and W.H. Doyle Sr., and son, W.H. Doyle Jr.In lieu of flowers in Mrs. Doyle’s memory the family asks contributions to Oak Grove Nursing Home Activites Center 6230 Warren Groves, Texas 77619A sincere and heartfelt thanks to all the Oak Grove Nursing Home Staff for their caring spirit and gentle care. Dorslene White Stracener Doyle born October 21, 1932 passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord on July 11, 2016.A lifelong resident of Groves, Texas, Mrs. Doyle enjoyed a wide range of activities ranging from cross-stitching, fishing at Rayburn and gospel singings. She worked for many years at Joanie and Joel’s and was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter in Port Neches, Texas.Survivors include her sister, Dixie McKeithen, daughters, Diane Mathews and Donna Spires. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Chuck, Kelly and Brittany and great grandchildren, Kynslee, Addyson, Laney and Jack The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Clayton Thompson Funeral Home.
“This is a good neighborhood. We all look out for each other,” he said, adding that if something is odd they call the law or check in with that neighbor.Curtis Smith, Weldon’s neighbor a few doors down, was at work when the shooting occurred but his wife was at home.Curtis Smith was raised around guns and hunting and has taught his children gun safety. He calls the nearby shooting “pure stupidity.”“Back in my day we would go to parties and get blitzed but we were never dumb enough to have a gun,” Curtis Smith said. He thought, hopefully, the one who is shooting is shooting into the ground — then he heard another shot and some cars as people started to leave the party on the next street.A home at the end of Cypress Street in Port Neches was the scene of a double shooting where police said underage drinking was going on during a large New Year’s Eve party. (Mary Meaux/The News)Smith decided to stay indoors during the commotion, not wanting to catch any stray bullets, he said.Smith lives on a dead end street and knows his neighbors. He said he never had anything like this happen before other than someone getting into his wife’s unlocked vehicle and stealing her GPS and some loose change years ago. He would have been in a whole lot of trouble if his father had learned he was at a party with alcohol and there was a gun.Neither man’s feelings about the neighborhood have changed due to the double shooting. Both feel it is still a good place to live.“It’s pure stupidity. I don’t know all what happened but it’s a lack of common sense,” Curtis Smith said.According to a news release from Port Neches Police, officers were called at approximately 10:50 a.m. Thursday to the area of Cypress Street and Live Oak Street in reference to a gunshot victim.Arriving officers determined the shooting took place at a home in the 1300 block of Cypress Street.There had been a large party at this residence involving minors, police said.Officers observed a large amount of alcoholic beverages. There were two shooting victims, and both had been taken to the hospital by private vehicle prior to officers’ arrival.One of the victims is a 19-year-old female and the other is a 19-year-old male, PNPD Chief Paul Lemoine said. He said the male victim is not pressing charges.During the course of the investigation, officers determined several subjects arrived at the party and started a fight and one of the suspects fired a handgun into the crowd while leaving the scene.The homeowner arrived on the scene during the investigation and was uncooperative as were many of the witnesses, according to police.Neither of the victims have life-threatening injuries, Lemoine said.A gofundme account, “Medical Bills for Charleen,” is set-up to help the female victim, Charleen Moak and her family, with medial expenses.To donate, click here: https://bit.ly/2JIV3wz PORT NECHES — Neighbors near the Cypress Street home where two people were shot during a large party involving minors and alcohol say the area is normally quiet.Weldon Smith, who has lived in his home on a nearby street for 26 years, was at home with his family for a get-together and heard the fireworks going off New Year’s Eve.“Everybody was enjoying themselves, and I told my daughter’s boyfriend ‘that doesn’t sound like an artillery shell (fireworks),’” Smith said of what were gunshots.
Lilla Crawford 1. First Date Rap, Featuring Zachary Levi & Eric Ankrim: First Date took a potentially difficult situation—the loss of star Zachary Levi for a week during previews—and turned it into comic gold with an irresistible rap video introducing understudy Eric Ankrim. The clever clip debuted exclusively on Broadway.com! 3. Fly Girl: Backstage at Wicked With Lindsay Mendez, Episode 2: Fans are loving Wicked star Lindsay Mendez’s behind-the-scenes reporting about why she’s on the run during the show, plus glimpses at Elphaba’s hanging bed, a cheeky Q&A with co-star Derek Klena about Fiyero’s tight pants and much more! July is red-hot on Broadway.com as starry female vloggers Laura Osnes, Lindsay Mendez and Lilla Crawford share their adventures around the Great White Way, plus a witty First Date rap and slinky Forever Tango moves. Click below to enjoy the most-watched videos on the site from July 10 through July 16: 2. The Princess Diary: Backstage at Cinderella With Laura Osnes, Episode 13: Cinderella star Laura Osnes shares fourth of July fireworks with her castmates, tries to keep cool backstage, spars with a feisty Santino Fontana and gets fishy by changing Herman’s water and discovering Sherman’s surprising new snack. Lindsay Mendez 5. On the Scene With the Cast of Forever Tango: Broadway.com gets a seductive preview of the new dance-centric show Forever Tango, including chats with Dancing With the Stars pros Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Grammy-winning vocalist Gilberto Santa Rosa. The secret to tango’s enduring appeal? Passion! Laura Osnes View Comments Star Files 4. Simply Red: Backstage at Annie With Lilla Crawford, Episode 5: On-the-go vlogger Lilla Crawford bonds with fellow Broadway kids and chats with the winners at the Jimmy Awards, pet-sits a guinea pigs, chats about ghosts with her adorable little sister Savvy, and shares laughs and iced tea with Annie co-star Clarke Thorell.
My father was an obsessive writer. He couldn’t not write—it was like breathing to him. Growing up, I completely took it for granted. I thought this was how all writers approach their work, but I soon realized that wasn’t the case. My father was such a good listener and observer, and he produced more than 60 plays and screenplays in his lifetime. It was like something divine pouring out of him, which I think is so beautiful, and I know he was grateful for it. He loved what he did, but he also knew that not everyone is lucky enough to get to do what they love. He was so dedicated to writing, it was like almost witnessing something mystical. View Comments Toward the end of his life, my father lived with my husband and me. Sometimes, when he wasn’t able to sleep, he would just get up and write. He learned to give in to it—not to fight it. I think there was so much inside of him that needed to come out. He loved my mother so much, and when she died, I was concerned. They had a terribly close relationship. She was only 69, and I thought, “What’s going to happen to him?” But I realized, in a way, he was OK because he would still be able to write. Just before he passed away, I suddenly noticed he was writing less. It was almost as if his time here was finished. I’ve missed him so much since his death in 2009, but thanks to his writing, I feel that he is always around me. I’m so thrilled that my father’s 1953 play, The Trip to Bountiful, is being revisited on Broadway, and at the very same time, The Old Friends is receiving its world premiere. Both productions are directed by Michael Wilson, a great supporter of my father’s work and someone who collaborated with him for the last 20 years of his life. Michael is a real visionary when it comes to my father and his work. Dad loved his theatrical sense. Said it was a real gift. Michael and I found early drafts of The Old Friends, originally called The Dispossessed, dating back to the ’60s—the title was changed to The Old Friends in the early ’70s. Although I don’t remember my father writing it, we performed a reading of it in 2001 with Jim Houghton, artistic director of Signature Theatre Company. I played Sybil, and Betty Buckley played Gertrude, and we all absolutely fell in love with the play. During that first reading, what I remember most was how moved I was by the writing. It’s timeless, like so many of my father’s plays, but it’s also a darker story than he usually tells. He explores, with some humor, the alcoholism and narcissism of these very strong personalities. There’s one couple that begins to find their way in the midst of the chaos, and they emerge as a hopeful force. In his hometown of Wharton, Texas, my father studied people who had lots of money but were deeply unhappy, with no real direction in life. In his notes, we discovered that he modeled many of the characters in this play after real people in Wharton—he’d written down their names, and we even found pictures. When Michael, Jim and I contacted the actors we hoped would star in The Old Friends, something wonderful happened: They all agreed to do it. Betty said of course she would play Gertrude, and that made me so happy. The wonderful Lois Smith said she would play Mamie. I’ve been an admirer of Veanne Cox for years, and I was thrilled that she agreed to play Julia. Adam LeFevre and I did a play of my sister’s, Him, at Primary Stages, and when we called to see if he would play Albert, he was right there. I feel so blessed to have Novella Nelson, Cotter Smith, Sean Lyons and Melle Powers in our cast as well. Lois Smith and Betty Buckley had both worked with my father, and it was fantastic to assemble this collection of friends to work on the play. The Old Friends About the author: It’s always an event to see Tony-nominated actress Hallie Foote in a play written by her father, the late Horton Foote. Hallie’s dry delivery is a perfect match for Horton’s understated humor, and this irresistible combination is now on display in The Old Friends at Signature Theatre Company. As Hallie notes, it’s fitting that the play getting its posthumous premiere at Signature, which devoted a season to Foote’s works and produced his masterful Orphans’ Home Cycle in 2009. Meanwhile, the Broadway production of The Trip to Bountiful is attracting new fans to Foote’s loving but clear-eyed view of family life in his native Texas. At Broadway.com’s request, Hallie Foote shared memories of her father’s work process and explained why the current off-Broadway production of The Old Friends is so meaningful to everyone involved. Related Shows From that first reading, we knew we wanted to do a production of The Old Friends, and I know Betty did as well. But the show has nine cast members, three sets and a lot of complications. Financially, it’s a difficult play to produce, so the fact that we have the Signature Theatre backing us up is terrific. Jim Houghton and my father have been collaborating since 1994, and it’s so gratifying to continue to work with him. We have a home at the Signature, and it feels wonderful to get to do this play there. In rehearsals, we talked a lot about my father, and it’s so gratifying that this cast appreciates and understands his writing. His plays tend to be difficult, but everyone is committed to discovering as much as they can about their characters. It’s delightful to see The Old Friends bloom, like a little flower just starting to open. All of our hard work—and my father’s hard work—is finally paying off. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 20, 2013
The Key Spouse Program is a formal unit program that offers informal peer-to-peer and Wingman family support. This exciting program helps spouses play a role in enhancing mission readiness by assisting family members during deployments and remote assignments. Key Spouses, appointed by commanders, volunteer to offer support and provide information to families during deployment and remote tours and welcome new members and families to the unit. Key Spouses also are an important link between families, the first sergeant and the commander. The A&FRC oversees the program and Key Spouse training. Spouses who want to volunteer to be a Key Spouse should contact their squadron’s first sergeant.
Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.American Red Crosswww.redcross.orgThe Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service.The American Red Cross offers confidential services to all members of the military, veterans, and their families by connecting them with local, state and national resources through the network of chapters in communities across the United States and offices on military installations worldwide.Local Red Cross offices develop and maintain relationships with key community partners. Military families rely on the Red Cross to help them identify their needs and connect them to the most appropriate Red Cross and community resources. This key Red Cross service includes responding to emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter, referrals to counseling services (e.g., financial, legal, mental health), respite care for caregivers, and other resources that meet the unique needs of local military members, veterans and their families.The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 24/7. Call 877-272-7337 or submit an online request at https://saf.redcross.org/css.Armed Services YMCAwww.asymca.orgThe ASYMCA is made up of 13 branches and about 20 affiliate locations at local Y’s and on some DOD facilities across the U.S.It makes military life easier by providing programs and services to the young men and women of all five armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.ASYMCA programs, services and events are designed to help the family come together, stay together and have the ability to adjust, bounce back and thrive wherever the services sendthem — with a particular focus on junior-enlisted men and women, the individuals on the front lines of defending our nation. Programs are offered at low cost and require no dues or membership fees.Signature programs include: Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala, Art and Essay Contest, Military Family Month, Operation Hero, Operation Holiday Joy, Operation Kid Comfort, Operation Outdoors, Operation Ride Home, Parent and Me, Teddy’s Child Watch and YMCA/DOD Military Outreach Initiative.Find ASYMCA locations by visiting www.asymca.org/locations.Child Care Awarewww.childcareaware.orgImproving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.The site has information on the different types of child care and how to choose the right child care for your family. Financial resources include a child care budgeting calculator and information on federal and state fee assistance. There’s also a special section for military and DOD families with links to military child care fee assistance. To speak with a specialist about military and DOD child care programs, call 800-424-2246, option 6.Military OneSourcewww.militaryonesource.milMilitary OneSource is your central hub and go-to-place for the military community. Get to know your benefits and prepare for the bigstuff — deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood, retirement and more. Browse by topic or search for that strangely specific question you want to know the answers to. No matter where military life takes you, with Military OneSource you will always be in the loop.Operation Homefrontwww.operationhomefront.orgOperation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families.Helping military families gain long-term stability is a specific concern for Operation Homefront. Homes on the Homefront awards mortgage-free homes, impacting veteran families for generations to come. The caregivers for wounded warriors also need help and that is why Hearts of Valor was formed.Operation Homefront’s annual gala recognizes extraordinary military kids. The organization also hosts multiple Homefront Celebrations, Star-Spangled Baby Showers, Back-to-School Brigades and Holiday Meals for Military events each year to show appreciation to military spouses.Visit Operation Homefront online for more information.Texas Health and Human ServicesBrown-Heatly Building4900 N. Lamar Blvd.Austin, TX 78751 512-424-6500https://hhs.texas.govThe Texas Health and Human Services’ agencies focus on helping those dealing with aging, disabilities, financial needs, health, mental health and substance use, and safety needs.The department’s health office offers services to Texas women to ensure safe and healthy pregnancies, protection against domestic violence and a nutrition program to improve the diets of children and their mothers. Economic assistance is given in the form of food stamps and training services for employment opportunities.Visit the department’s website for more information on services and programs.United Service Organizationwww.uso.orgSince 1941, the USO has kept our military men and women connected to their families, home and country no matter where they are or under what conditions they serve. Programs for military families include Couples Seminars: Stronger Families, Comfort Crew for Military Kids, Operation That’s My Dress, United Through Reading, Baby Showers: USO and What to Expect Present Special Delivery and The Sesame Street/USO Experience.The USO also provides transition services to support Americans’ return to civilian life after completing their military service. For more information, go to www.uso.org/programs/uso-pathfinder.Visit the USO’s website to find a location near you.PETSMoves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to contact you.In Texas, your pet faces several new dangers, among them is the striped bark scorpion that is no stranger to lashing out at the bare feet of Texans. Thousands of people are stung each year and the neurotoxins that its venom contains can cause anything from vomiting to muscle spasms. While death is very rare, the bites are very painful and cause swelling. Four species of venomous snakes — rattlesnakes, copperheads, water moccasins, and coral snakes — and coyotes pose another danger, so keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground.Animal ServicesTexas Parks and Wildlife Department4200 Smith RoadAustin, TX 78744 800-792-1112https://tpwd.texas.govThe Wildlife Division’s mission is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. To accomplish this mission, division personnel annually conduct about 4,000 wildlife population surveys, provide recommendations concerning the management of about 1,200 vertebrate wildlife species, conduct about a dozen wildlife research studies, manage 50 wildlife management areas totaling 744,000 acres, hold public hunts on more than 230 tracts of land totaling more than 1.4 million acres, provide landowner incentives to manage for rare species, inform the public about wildlife, provide technical guidance to private landowners, and develop more than 8,200 active wildlife management plans for about 30 million acres of private lands.Humane Society of Central Texas2032 Circle RoadWaco, TX 76706 254-754-1454http://humanesocietycentraltexas.orgThe Humane Society of Central Texas provides adoption, rescue and foster opportunities for the homeless animals at the shelter, as well as community education regarding responsible pet ownership. For more information on the Humane Society’s pet adoption or foster opportunities, visit the website.Bell County Animal Control2509 S. Loop 121Belton, TX 76513 254-933-6780Bell County Animal Control is a joint effort between Bell County and Belton. The shelter aims to remove problematic animals and provide suitable homes for as many animals as possible.Pets for Patriotshttps://petsforpatriots.orgPets for Patriots’ vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. It makes this happen through its nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the vulnerable and heroic among us.To learn more about adopting a pet, visit https://petsforpatriots.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works.Veterinary ServicesVeterinary services in Central Texas are plentiful; see the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local providers. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the Texas Veterinary Medical Association website https://tvma.azurewebsites.net.
IntroductionYou won’t see many extremes in the weather here at Fort Sill. It’s a fairly comfortable place in southwestern Oklahoma for most of the year. The big exception being the peak summer heat and humidity. Spring and fall are very comfortable on average and won’t present much of a problem for daily life and exercise. It can be cold in winter but doesn’t get below freezing except for a brief time in January through February, and even then it’s mostly just the mornings you’ll need to worry about. You’ll get anywhere from 9 to 14 and a half hours of daylight over the course of the year. Sunrise will generally take place from around 0630-0800. There will be a lot of good days here, not a lot of rain, and practically no snow to speak of.Suggested Read: Fort Sill: In-Depth Welcome CenterSpringHigh temps: 60sLow temps: 40sSpring at Fort Sill ranges in temperature from the 40s to the 60s. Extremes can range from the low 30s to the high 80s, but you won’t see those numbers for the vast majority of the season. It’s generally cool during the day and cooler in the mornings and evenings, with warmer middays occurring in the middle of April. Spring also brings with it cloud coverage for about 50% of the time. Mostly this will be sparse cloud coverage without any effect on daylight, though somewhere around 30% of the days will be overcast and gray. There will be about the same percentage of precipitation during springtime, starting low at 20% in April, and then ramping up to over 30% leading into the summer months. Fort Sill will get about 4 inches of rain throughout the season. There won’t be much humidity, with only a few days closer to summer being at all muggy.SummerHigh temps: High 90’s to low 100sLow temps: Low 70sSummer is a completely different story. The spike in temperature and humidity is sudden and can be oppressive. At the peak of the season, average temperatures rise to between 73 to 96 degrees. It won’t get much cooler than that, though it could heat up into the 100s. Humidity is a big factor with the majority of the days spent surrounded by muggy, heavy air. Occasionally it will be outright miserable. Some days hit the other end of the spectrum and provide a much-needed reprieve from the norm where you’ll be sweating while standing still. The afternoons heat up and don’t let up into the middle of the night, so be prepared to sleep without any sheets, or to soak them right through. Oddly enough, the cloud coverage doesn’t change much at all from the previous season, so some overcast days could offer a bit of relief from the sun.FallHigh temps: Low 80sLow temps: Low 50sFall at Fort Sill begins to slide down the thermometer, with a lower average range of 50 to 80 degrees. However, it can still get pretty hot, but as time goes on it’ll become much more tolerable to be outside during the middle of the day. You’ll even find it cooler in the mornings when you wake up leading into October. There’s about a 20% chance of rain during the fall months, with an average rainfall of under 3 inches a month. Daylight is going to slip from over 12 hours to under 10. Sunrise will occur usually between 0730 and 0800 most days. The humidity falls drastically now, so you can expect to be able to move again without immediately becoming drenched. In fact, come October you’ll barely see any humidity at all, and the November air becomes completely dry by the end of the month. Like spring, the days are going to be nice, rarely getting too hot or too cold. Without the humidity, it’ll become quickly more bearable until it stops to slip into cooler mornings toward the winter.WinterHigh temps: Low 50sLow temps: Low 30sWinter temperatures range from the 30s to the 50s on average, with a fairly short period of time spent below freezing. Winter is tolerable at Fort Sill. Days become darker, but never truly become frigid. These temps are nothing a few layers won’t solve. It’ll be colder in the mornings though, so suit up for that. But midday won’t be much of an issue for most people. The chance of precipitation dives all the way to 9% at its lowest in January. Don’t expect any snow at Fort Sill, though it’s still technically possible on a few days here and there. You’ll have somewhere between 8-9 hours of daylight here with the sun popping up somewhere around 0800.Field & Training ExpectationsYou can expect to be pretty comfortable for most of the year, except for the dead of summer and the coldest days of winter. Summer is probably your biggest threat, with the high heat and humidity, just walking outside for exercises could put sweat on you. Make sure to hydrate and get plenty of electrolytes, and use sunscreen, especially for the days when the clouds aren’t coming out. In the winter months, you might want to double up on socks or invest in some hand warmers for the very cold days.ConclusionFort Sill is a pretty comfortable place to live and work, weather-wise. You might see some big fluffy clouds, so let your imagination run wild and envision them as elephants or star destroyers since they’ll be out all year round. You might as well make the most of it. The majority of your worries will involve keeping cool in the summer. Invest in a cache or your favorite sports drink or make regular pit stops to the nearest water fountain (once they open back up). Carry a towel around for the really rough days when your body becomes a waterfall in all the wrong places. Stay in the shade as much as possible during midday, even when those clouds are out. The coldest days of winter will sneak up on you, too. As soon as you’re glad to be done with the humidity, the dry air will become crisp with a delightful fall that leads straight into colder days. Generally speaking, though, you’re going to have a fairly easy time of it outdoors at Fort Sill. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.