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 November 12, 2010

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Annual AFAP Conference addresses
Fort McCoy issues

The Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) is a program that provides the Total Army Family (active, Guard, and Reserve Soldiers, Retirees, Family members, Department of the Army 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 living.

Everyone “has a voice” in the AFAP process and the chance to make things better, said Kevin Herman, Fort McCoy AFAP program manager. Members of the Total Army Family can voice their concerns to be part of a possible solution to issues or find out how or where their issues are already being addressed.

PHOTO: Fort McCoy’s FY 2011 Army Family Action Plan Conference participants discuss an issue. Photo by Rob Schuette
Fort McCoy’s FY 2011 Army Family Action Plan Conference participants discuss an issue. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

From Oct. 20-21, 17 Total Army Family volunteers at the fiscal year (FY) 11 AFAP Conference at Fort McCoy worked on 14 quality-of-life issues submitted by the installation community.

Volunteers formed two separate work groups and were provided AFAP history, process and issue-development training prior to the conference, Herman said.

Each group was charged with going over assigned issues, to research the validity and impact each has on Soldier and Family quality of life. They took into account the suggestions from the subject-matter experts who weighed in on each topic prior to the start of the conference and who were available throughout the conference for additional support and guidance.

Each group reviewed seven issues and selected their top-three issues to report out to the Fort McCoy garrison commander at the out briefing.

The top issues, in no particular order, were:
1) Entertainment options at Fort McCoy;
2) South Post Housing Issue (this issue was combined with two other issues pertaining to South Post work orders and upkeep of common areas);
3) Fort McCoy public website;
4) Impact of deployment on school-age children;
5) Eligibility of Reserve/Guard Members for Child, Youth, and School (CYS) Services: (this issue also was combined with another issue regarding CYS Services eligibility);
6) Traffic Safety at 10th & J and 11th & J Street.
 
Herman said the local issues will be forwarded on behalf of the garrison commander to the respective directorates on the installation for their input and recommendations. The issues that are beyond local level resolution will be sent to the next level conferences at the U.S. Army Reserve Command or the U.S. Army Forces Command.

The FY 11 issues, along with several active issues from previous AFAP conferences, will be reviewed at the next Fort McCoy AFAP Executive Committee meeting in March 2011.

The remaining FY 11 issues, which were worked by the groups, again in no particular order were:
1) Writing/Tutoring Center;
2) Picture/Film Development on Fort McCoy;
3) Allowing Patriot Guard at welcome home and funeral events for Soldiers;
4) Power of Attorney not accepted by everyone when a Soldier is deployed;
5) Special needs Adult Day-Care.

Full descriptions of the FY 11 and past AFAP issues with conference recommendations can be viewed in the Army Community Service (ACS) section on the Fort McCoy Family and MWR Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com.

Local AFAP results that have benefited Fort McCoy in past years are:
• A dangerous intersection by Family housing has been made safer.
• The addition of a second health benefits adviser.
• Outdated installation directional signs were updated.
• Two guest-housing facilities were made available for use by Family members of mobilized Soldiers on a space-available basis.
• Fort McCoy weather-warning systems undergoing continuous improvement.
• The quality of the drinking water is presented to all training units so they know that it is safe.
• The Fort McCoy/federal installation cell phone policy has been posted on visitor passes.
• Fishing maps now are easier to read.
• A crosswalk between the Exchange, building 1538, and McCoy’s, building 1571, was moved to increase pedestrian safety.
The AFAP program is accepting issue nominations for discussion at the FY 12 AFAP Conference to be held Oct. 19-20, 2011. Issue forms can be found at http://www.mccoymwr.com or by calling the ACS AFAP program manager at 608-388-3540/3505.

PHOTO: Volunteer delegates and Command Group staff pose for a group photograph after the Fiscal Year 2011 Army Family Action Plan Conference at Fort McCoy. The group worked on 14 quality-of-life issues. Photo by Becky Wapp Sawyer
Volunteer delegates and Command Group staff pose for a group photograph after the Fiscal Year 2011 Army Family Action Plan Conference at Fort McCoy. The group worked on 14 quality-of-life issues. (Photo by Becky Wapp Sawyer)

(Submitted by Fort McCoy Army Community Service.)

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