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solutions to issues that affect military and civilian members of the
Fort McCoy community often can help other installations and
vice-versa, said Fort McCoy’s delegates to the Department of the
Army (DA) Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference, which was held Jan.
26-30 at Alexandria, Va.
Wingo and LeAnn Clark said the AFAP program, which is unique to the
Army, has given a forum to its members to voice and seek solutions to
program is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and has an
exceptional track record.
633 issues, the AFAP process has completed 435 issues, found 118 to be
unattainable, combined in 107 legislative changes, 154 policy
changes and 173 improved programs and services.
"If you think you're only one person and can't change
anything, you're wrong."
McCoy AFAP Delegate
and Wingo said the format of the DA AFAP Conference allowed for good
discussion of the issues. Attendees did not wear military uniforms, so
personnel did not know the ranks or pay grades of the personnel
discussing the issues in their work groups, only their names and what
installations they represented.
leveled the playing field and allowed everyone to feel their input was
important," Clark said.
process doesn’t only help or address family issues.
example, Soldiers in barracks have very small living spaces — about
the average square-footage of a jail cell — and a lot of military
gear to store, Clark said. A solution to the issue is to give them
more storage space.
participating in both Fort McCoy and the DA AFAP conferences, I gained
a real appreciation for the process. If you have a quality-of-life
issue that you would like to see changed, complete an AFAP issue form
and submit your issue for consideration," Wingo said. "If it
needs to be changed, it will be looked at."
conference also gave them a chance to network with other attendees, as
well as meet and brief senior Army leadership about issues, she said.
said the top topics that were picked for priority consideration might
occur at any Army installation.
you think you’re only one person and can’t change anything, you’re
wrong," she said.
both Fort McCoy delegates surveyed the issues they noted how there
were issues that affected everyone from Fort McCoy up through the
active-duty installations, including Forts Drum, Hood, Bragg, Lewis,
noted one issue brought up for discussion would increase the amount of
temporary lodging expense time personnel making a PCS move would have
from 10 to 20 days.
would give personnel more time to find a decent home, good schools for
their children, etc.," she said.
event also included a youth working group, which, among other
concerns, brought up the issue of having consistent educational
standards between the installations so students didn’t have to
who wants more information about the AFAP process at Fort McCoy or has
an issue to submit, can call Army Community Service (ACS) at
608-388-3505 or visit the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com
and click on ACS Schoolhouse and AFAP.
site includes an issue form and also an updated listing of
installation AFAP issues.
AFAP attendees work together to improve quality of life)
Top 5 issues chosen at AFAP Conference)