Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
Fort McCoy Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) issue about temporary
duty/permanent change of station orders for classes longer than 20
weeks was chosen as one of the top five issues at the U.S. Army Forces
Command (FORSCOM) AFAP.
Fort McCoy personnel participated
in the installation’s Army Family Action Plan Conference
(AFAP) and discussed an issue during the October 2008 event. (File
1st Class Greg Kaatz of the NCO Academy said the issue is especially
important to military personnel because if they attend a class longer
than 20 weeks they are placed on PCS orders.
means they have to move their families to their new duty location or
risk not receiving benefits, such as basic allowance for housing, he
can be disruptive for their family members who would have to change
schools," Kaatz said. "By allowing these personnel to attend
the courses on TDY orders, they can leave their family at their
current duty station where they would have all of the services
available to support them in the military sponsor’s absence."
issue will be sent to the Army level for further review at next year’s
Department of the Army AFAP conference, Kaatz said.
FORSCOM conference included personnel from all walks of Army life —
active, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, federal civilians and
military family members.
Everyone is in civilian clothes so, outside
of name and location, personnel don’t actually know the rank or
standing of a person who’s attending the conference, he said.
are discussed, subject matter experts are brought in and they can tell
your group the current status of an issue," Kaatz said. "It
is good to see how everything comes together and the differing points
of view. Everyone in every group works together for the solutions that
best benefit Soldiers and their family members."
facet of the conference that caught Kaatz’ attention was that it was
the first time many personnel attended an AFAP conference beyond the
installation level. Kaatz said the work group members carefully review
all the issues, decide what their top issues will be and report them
out to the conference members.
conference attendees then vote on the top issues to send to the
Department of the Army AFAP Conference for further consideration.
all the issues begin at the local level, it is important for personnel
to participate in the process and bring their issues to their AFAP
program manager for inclusion in the local conference.
more information about the AFAP at Fort McCoy, community members can
call the Army Community Service (ACS) AFAP program manager at
608-388-2359/3505 or visit the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com
and click on the ACS School House. The next McCoy AFAP will be held in
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