Fort McCoy News June 12, 2015

Input, volunteers sought for AFAP process

Quality-of-life issues and volunteers are needed to be a part of the fiscal year 2016 Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference.

For 32 years, the AFAP process has brought quality-of-life issues to the attention of Army leadership.
"We're looking for quality-of-life issues that affect Fort McCoy and the Army as a whole," said Fort McCoy AFAP Manager Kevin Herman. "We also are seeking volunteers to be part of the (FY 2016) Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) AFAP Conference as delegates to review and debate all submitted issues."

In 1983, the Army reached out to active- and reserve-component Soldiers, their Families, retirees, survivors, and civilian employees, and asked them to identify quality-of-life issues and concerns for review and resolution by Army senior leadership all the way up to Congress.

These issues are gathered from the Total Army Family year-round, Herman said. Issues are reviewed at the conference by volunteers to determine if policies already are in place or if issues should be sent on to Major Army Command levels.

Since its inception, the AFAP process has reviewed 695 quality-of-life issues and has been the driving force behind the enactment of 128 pieces of legislation. These include locality pay for Department of the Army (DA) civilian employees, along with 186 Department of Defense and U.S. Army changes, such as the increase in Serviceman's Group Life Insurance, Child Development Center usage for DA civilians, and improvement of more than 210 programs and services.

"Some of the local issues submitted through the AFAP process have had a direct impact on Fort McCoy," Herman said. "For example, the severe-weather warning system was updated, a crosswalk was created between the Exchange and McCoy's Community Club, and updated fishing maps were made — just to name a few."

The Fort McCoy AFAP conference is Nov. 17-18.

Issues can be submitted through Sept. 30 online at www.myarmyonesource.com or at http://www.mccoymwr.com/home/army-community-service/army-family-action-plan.html. To volunteer to serve as a conference delegate or for more information, call Herman at 608-388-3540/3505.

   (Prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office and Army Community Service.)