|Fort McCoy senior leaders met at Army Community Service
(ACS) to discuss and determine the status of prior Army Family Action
Plan (AFAP) conference issues pertaining to the Fort McCoy community.
Local AFAP conferences are held yearly at installations to discuss
“quality-of-life” issues that affect the well-being of Soldiers,
civilians, retirees, and their respective Families. These issues are
solicited from the Total Army Family year-round. Issues are reviewed at
the conference by volunteers to determine if policies already are in
place or if issues should be sent to higher Major Army Command (MACOM)
Volunteers participate in Fort
McCoy’s FY10 Army Family Action Plan conference, which was held
in October 2009. Volunteers and issues for the FY11 AFAP
conference are being sought by Aug. 13.
When an issue is sent forward to a MACOM level, dispositions are
received from those AFAP conferences to let the installation and issue
submitter know the status of the issue.
Semiannual Issue Update Forums also are held at Fort McCoy with the
garrison commander and senior leaders to determine if the issue is
deemed active, completed, or unattainable.
Following are the issues reviewed at the latest Fort McCoy AFAP Update
From the fiscal year (FY) 10 AFAP conference, came an issue regarding
Glucagon injection for diabetic youth in Child, Youth, & School (CYS)
Services care. Current Army policy prohibits CYS Services staff from
administering Glucagon in an emergency; a first responder must be called
to administer an injection for a severe episode of hypoglycemia in
diabetic children within their care.
Glucagon is a life-saving, injectable hormone (which is made naturally
in the pancreas) that raises blood glucose levels by stimulating the
liver to release stored glucose. Glucagon only can be administered when
the child is unconscious or having seizures. Prohibiting the injection
of Glucagon by CYS Services staff affects all diabetic youth within CYS
Services care. A severe hypoglycemic event is a situation that can turn
dangerous quickly, resulting in coma, brain damage, or death.
The FY10 Fort McCoy AFAP recommendation was to change Army policy to
allow CYS Services staff to administer Glucagon and /or other lifesaving
interventions in an emergency.
It also was recommended that training be authorized for CYS Services
staff to administer glucagon injections in an emergency. This issue was
forwarded for consideration to MACOM-level conferences.
Access to Fort McCoy’s dining facilities also was an FY10 Fort McCoy
AFAP conference issue. The following individuals are not authorized to
eat in a dining facility without prior approval: Family
members/dependents of military personnel; Department of Defense (DoD)
civilians and DoD contractors working on Fort McCoy; retired military
personnel; and guests. Fort McCoy is a remote installation with limited
dining options. Heavy workload/high operations tempo and time
constraints adversely affect the morale of the Fort McCoy community.
FY10 Fort McCoy AFAP conference delegates recommended the dining
facilities allow access to the aforementioned patrons on a continuous
basis. The issue was presented to the Fort McCoy Installation Legal
Office to determine if it is possible to pursue this on a trial basis.
The issue remains active.
Several issues from past years also were reviewed. More information
about past Fort McCoy AFAP issues, including their resolution or current
status, can be found at the ACS Academy website
As evidenced from the updates of the above issues, local policy,
regulation and legislative changes can and do come about from the AFAP
program. Soldiers, civilians, retirees, and Family members in the Fort
McCoy community are encouraged to participate in the process and make
their voices heard. They can do this by volunteering to be part of the
AFAP process and/or submitting their “quality-of-life” issues and/or
volunteer nominations to the Fort McCoy AFAP.
Issues and Volunteer Nomination Forms are due by Friday, Aug. 13 to be
reviewed at the October 20-21 Fort McCoy FY11 AFAP conference. Issue and
volunteer forms, and more information about Fort McCoy’s AFAP program,
are available at the ACS Academy website, or by calling 608-388-3540.
(Submitted by Fort McCoy Army Community Service.)