Fort McCoy annual Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference was
sponsored by Army Community Service (ACS). The AFAP conference purpose
was to provide a means to review and discuss quality-of-life concerns
submitted by members of the Fort McCoy community throughout the year.
Participants in the Fort McCoy
Army Family Action Plan Conference discuss an issue submitted
from the installation community. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
work groups comprised of 10 volunteers each provided a good cross
representation of the Total Army Family. Volunteers were provided AFAP
process and AFAP issue development training prior to the conference.
of the issues submitted to the ACS AFAP program for this conference
will be sent to Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Northeast
Region for submission to the U.S. Army Forces Command mid-level AFAP
Conference to be held March 22-27, 2009.
issues, in no particular order, are:
Fitness Time for Department of Army civilians.
Education Centers/Army Reserve Education Center Entitlements for
active-component/Active Guard-Reserve/reserve-component spouses.
temporary duty/permanent change of station options.
Leave for Federal Employee Retirement System personnel.
issue, involving the need for a Personal Property Shipping Office at
Fort McCoy, along with the other local issues, will be provided to
installation leadership for input on possible resolutions.
The participants in this year’s
Fort McCoy Army Family Action Plan Conference. (Photo
by the Army Community Service staff)
issue having to do with access to Soldier and family services at Fort
McCoy via the Fort McCoy installation Web site was completed prior to
the conference by adding a link to the Fort McCoy home page.
issue having to do with spouses being able to use their sponsors’ GI
Bill benefits was not pursued by the conference volunteers due to the
information provided by the Fort McCoy Education Center as follows:
Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 30 currently allows a Soldier with six
years of service who re-enlists in a "critical skill"
military occupational specialty for at least four years to transfer at
least 18 months of their benefits to their dependents.
new Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008 (Chapter 33),
which will become effective Aug. 1, 2009, authorizes the Department of
Defense (DoD) to allow individuals who, on or after Aug. 1, 2009, have
served at least six years in the armed forces and who agree to serve
at least another four years in the Armed Forces to transfer unused
entitlement to their dependents (spouses and children). DoD may, by
regulation, limit the number of months of transferable benefits to
dependents to not less than 18 months.
conference issues are presented to leadership for review and comment
at biannual commander’s AFAP update forums.
FY09 AFAP issues and conference recommendations as well as issues from
previous years can be reviewed in the ACS Schoolhouse on the Fort
McCoy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com.
by Army Community Service.)