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November 11, 2011

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Army Family Action Plan Conference

identifies most-important issues

Volunteer delegates at Fort McCoy’s fiscal year (FY) 2012 Army Community Service (ACS) Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference identified the three most-important community issues submitted, a shuttle bus stop in front of the ACS Center, flexible work schedules to accommodate physical fitness for Department of the Army (DA) civilians and Exchange Services for South Post.
PHOTO: Volunteer delegates discuss Army Family Action Plan issues. Photo by Rob Schuette
Volunteer delegates from the Fort McCoy community discuss Army Family Action Plan issues at the fiscal year 2012 Army Community Service Army Family Action Plan Conference. The conference was held Oct. 19-20. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

Kevin Herman, the Fort McCoy ACS AFAP program manager, said delegates reviewed 11 issues submitted by community members during the Oct. 19-20 ACS AFAP Conference.

Other issues discussed during the AFAP Conference were: marketing of community extracurricular activities; childcare not available at Rumpel Fitness Center; extended hours at Tomah/Sparta gates; concealed weapons carry classes at Sportsman’s Range; TRICARE young adult medical coverage; takeout container availability at dining facilities; installing traffic circles at the intersections of J Street with both South 10th Avenue and South 11th Avenue; and GI Bill transferability.

The top-three issues, as determined by the delegates, were briefed out to the garrison Command Group at the conclusion of the conference.

All active issues will be briefed to the garrison commander at the AFAP update forum in March with each directorate present to provide input on each issue, Herman said.

PHOTO: Volunteer delegates and Army Community Service staff pose with Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser.
Volunteer delegates and Army Community Service (ACS) staff pose with Garrison Commander Col. David E. Chesser during the ACS Army Family Action Plan Conference. (Photo by Army Community Service)

Past AFAP issues completed in the Fort McCoy community include installing a safer crosswalk area between McCoy’s and the Exchange and updated fishing maps, he said.

Herman said issues are divided into three categories for consideration/resolution.

The first is active, which can include waiting for implementing a solution if feasible, or keeping the issue open for consideration while funding availability is determined or identified, for example.

The second category is unattainable, which means the issue can’t be acted upon or a solution found because of budget restraints or the current Army climate, he said.

The third category is completed, which means sufficient action has been taken to solve/satisfy an issue.

All current Fort McCoy AFAP issues and their resolution status are accessible at the ACS website, which is http://www.mccoymwr.com/soldier-family-programs/army-community-service.html, by clicking on the AFAP program category.

Herman said members of the Fort McCoy community can submit AFAP issues or volunteer nominations at any time or get more information about AFAP by going to the online ACS AFAP section or by calling him at 608-388-3540/3505.

The program seeks input from and participation by all garrison/tenant organizations on post, he said.

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