Personnel in the Fort McCoy community who want to learn more
about the Army and military life are encouraged to take Army Family
Team Building (AFTB) courses.
Candy Weiss, the Army Community
Service Army Family Team Building Volunteer Program manager,
provides instruction during a revised Army Family Team Building
Level III program at Fort McCoy. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
The installation Army Community Service (ACS) office offered
the newly revised AFTB Level III Course March 20. AFTB Level III is a
more- streamlined and a higher-caliber course than before, said David
Blakeman, ACS Army Family Team Building program manager. Previous
editions of the training had areas that were specific to military
In an effort to keep AFTB Level III materials up to date, many
of the previously offered modules were eliminated and incorporated
into Operation READY materials specifically designed for military
groups, he said.
The modules offered in the newest edition of AFTB Level III are
more relevant to the modern way of military living and present the
latest techniques in personal and professional development.
Likewise, the newly revised
modules of AFTB Level II also do not specifically target an
intended audience, which makes the AFTB Level II and Level III modules
a more-viable resource to anyone attending the courses.
Even though AFTB delineates its courses by levels, it is
important to know it is not required to take the courses in a
progressive manner, he said.
The levels serve as identifiers to help individual students
choose the courses they wish to take, he said. The AFTB program is
designed so that personnel can take as few or as many courses as they
wish to meet their needs to become more knowledgeable about the Army
and Army life, Blakeman said.
Level I is an introduction to the military and personal
development concepts. Level II focuses on personal/family development
concepts, and Level III brings together personal and professional
development concepts designed to enhance leadership skills.
Fort McCoy ACS offers the modules quarterly. The offerings are
designed to meet customers' needs and may be offered in a block of
multiple courses during a single session.
Participants don't have to take the whole sessions of courses
if only one or two will meet their needs.
As an added convenience to community members, the AFTB modules
can be presented, upon request, to any Fort McCoy agency at any
location, Blakeman said.
To obtain a request for training and to view or preview
available modules, interested personnel are advised to go to the Web
site http://www.mccoymwr.com and
click on the ACS schoolhouse or call ACS for a training consultation
at (608) 388-3505.
More information about the Army-level AFTB program also is
available at the Web site http://www.myarmylifetoo.com.