Commander’s Update Forum reviews AFAP
|The Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) provides the Total
Army Family (Active, Guard, and Reserve Soldiers; retirees, Family
members, Department of the Army (DA) civilians and surviving spouses) a
way to let leadership know what is working, what isn’t, and what needs
improvement when it comes to their quality of life or standard of
Everyone has a voice in the AFAP process and the chance to identify
concerns, suggest improvements to services, programs, and
quality-of-life issues, and be part of a possible solution to issues or
find out how or where their issues already are being addressed.
On March 30, the Army Community Service (ACS) Center was the site of the
annual Fort McCoy fiscal year (FY) 11 AFAP Commander’s Update Forum. The
top six issues from the FY 2011 Fort McCoy AFAP Conference, along with
the three remaining active issues from prior conferences, were reviewed.
The commander was briefed by the subject-matter experts as to the status
and progress of the issues based on the AFAP Committee’s suggestions.
The commander closed-out five issues; four issues remain active.
Issues addressed at the update forum were:
Fort McCoy Severe Weather Warning System (No. 2006-16): The
external mass-notification warning system is up and running. The
internal base system is in place but there are still items that need to
be addressed with the Network Enterprise Center (NEC). The Directorate
of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security is the lead on this issue
to be completed in FY12. The issue remains active.
Access to Fort McCoy’s Dining Facilities (2010-02): Fort McCoy is
not in an isolated area that has no other dining options. Authorizing
additional categories of personnel to eat in the dining facilities could
impact negatively those on a strict training schedule, increase
installation costs for the food-service contract, and reduce revenue to
other installation food-service facilities. The issue was deemed
Glucagon Injection for Diabetic Youth in Child, Youth, and School
(CYS) Services Care (2010-04): This issue was sent to U.S. Army
Reserve Command (USARC) level for the June 2010 AFAP Conference. The
issue was not prioritized as a top issue to move forward to Department
of the Army and was returned to Fort McCoy. Medical Command now has
recommended that glucagon be permissible to administer in CYS Services,
providing that the appropriate training is completed and documented. The
issue was deemed complete.
Entertainment Options at Fort McCoy (2011-01): This issue had
requested shuttling Soldiers to local theaters, expanding advertising of
Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR)
entertainment options, and the formation of a committee to work on DFMWR
entertainment options. Currently, movies are offered at the Community
Activity Center Friday and Saturday evenings, eliminating the need to
bus to local communities. Entertainment opportunities through DFMWR are
marketed through at least five different venues. A DFMWR Customer
Advisory Board meets quarterly and assesses customer satisfaction, seeks
customer input to improve quality of services, and identifies market
opportunities. The issue was deemed complete.
South Post Housing Issues (2011-05/06/11): A service order
priority listing was provided to all South Post Housing residents
regarding upkeep of common areas. Housing staff and Directorate of
Public Works quality assurance will monitor for compliance with contract
specifications. Improvements were noted after 2010 discrepancy reports
were filed and inspections were increased. Housing staff will provide
input to future contract specifications affecting housing. The issue was
Fort McCoy Public Website (2011-08): The Public Affairs Office is
working with the NEC to redesign the Fort McCoy public website. There
are several sites associated with Fort McCoy each with specific
requirements; a new design for the public site is being researched
within the current NEC software and Installation Management Command
standard design templates. It will remain a work in progress with
updates provided on a regular basis. PAO will take the lead on this
issue. The issue remains active.
Impact of Deployment on school-aged children (2011-09): The Fort
McCoy School Liaison Officer met with the area school districts to
suggest adding a place on school registration forms to identify military
Families. Information was provided on resources and events to both
schools and Families. Fort McCoy has no legal authority to disseminate
child information to the schools. Making schools aware of a deployment
in the Family is a parental responsibility. The issue was deemed
Eligibility for Reserve/Guard Members for CYS Services (2011-12/13):
This issue has been forwarded to USARC for the mid-level AFAP
Conference. It was discussed there would not be enough funds to cover
all National Guard and Reserve members wanting to take advantage of CYS
Services, and the logistics would be quite complicated. The issue
Traffic Safety at 10th and J and 11th and J Streets (2011-14):
Records indicate there has been one accident per year since 2008 at
these intersections. Daily east/west traffic averages more than 750
vehicles at 10th and J Streets and more than 900 vehicles at 11th and J
Streets. North/south traffic flow is around 1,000 vehicles per day. Some
of the possibilities suggested for improving the intersections were to
paint stop bars with lane indicators, increase the stop sign size to
48x48 inches, change the current lights to make them more visible, tear
up the asphalt on 10th and J Streets just north of parking lot 16b and
look at installing curb and gutter. It was decided that there would be
no additional signage or barriers placed at either intersection. The
issue remains active.
Full descriptions of the FY 11 and past AFAP issues with conference
recommendations can be viewed in the ACS section on the Fort McCoy MWR
website at www.mccoymwr.com.
Local AFAP results that have benefited Fort McCoy in past years are:
• A dangerous intersection near Family Housing was made safer.
• A second health benefits adviser was added.
• Installation directional signs were updated.
• Fort McCoy weather-warning systems continually are being improved.
• The quality of the drinking water is presented to all training units
so they know that it is safe.
• The cell phone policy has been posted on visitor passes.
• Fishing maps now are easier to read.
• A crosswalk between the Exchange and McCoy’s was moved to increase
The next AFAP Commander’s Update Forum is Sept 7. The remaining four
active issues will be reviewed. The AFAP program is accepting issues
along with volunteers for the FY12 conference to be held Oct 19-20.
Forms can be found at www.mccoymwr.com
or by calling AFAP Program Manager Kevin Herman at ACS,
(Submitted by Army Community Service.)