• FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.  Attendee's of the 2012 U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference register for the conference. The AFAP Conference is the Army's process to identify and elevate the most significant quality of life issues impacting Soldiers of all components, Retirees, Department of Army (DA) Civilians, and Families to senior leaders for action. (U.S. Army photo by John H. Satterwhite, U.S. Army Forces Command Public Affairs)

    AFAP Conference registration

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. Attendee's of the 2012 U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference register for the conference. The AFAP Conference is the Army's process to identify and elevate the most significant quality of life...

  • FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.  Gigi Linder, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) G1, Well-being program manager, assists Felton Moore Jr., Retiree Delegate from Ft. Bragg, N.C. as he registers for the 2012 Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference. The AFAP Conference is the Army's process to identify and elevate the most significant quality of life issues impacting Soldiers of all 
components, Retirees, Department of Army (DA) Civilians, and Families to senior leaders for action. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jennifer M. Brady, 10th Press Camp Headquarters)

    Delegate registration

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. Gigi Linder, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) G1, Well-being program manager, assists Felton Moore Jr., Retiree Delegate from Ft. Bragg, N.C. as he registers for the 2012 Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference. The AFAP...

  • FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.  Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) and his wife, Mrs. Ginny Rodriguez, talk with participants during an introduction at the 2012 FORSCOM Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference. (Army photo by Spc. Amie J. McMillan, 10th Press Camp Headquarters)

    Gen. and Mrs. Rodriguez at the AFAP Conference

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) and his wife, Mrs. Ginny Rodriguez, talk with participants during an introduction at the 2012 FORSCOM Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference. (Army...

  • FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.  Christine Carruther, installation management command, G-9, addresses the issue support personnel, facilitators, room managers, and transcriber/recorders about the aspect of Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) issues, and role expectations during an introduction at the 2012 U. S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) AFAP Conference. (Army photo by Spc. Amie J. McMillan, 10th Press Camp Headquarters)

    AFAP training

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. Christine Carruther, installation management command, G-9, addresses the issue support personnel, facilitators, room managers, and transcriber/recorders about the aspect of Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) issues, and role...

  • FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.  Lori Starr, recorder, representing Fort Drum, N.Y., introduces herself to other workgroup issue support personnel at an icebreaker and team building exercise at the 2012 U. S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference. (Army photo by Spc. Amie J. McMillan, 10th Press Camp Headquarters)

    AFAP Conference icebreaker

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. Lori Starr, recorder, representing Fort Drum, N.Y., introduces herself to other workgroup issue support personnel at an icebreaker and team building exercise at the 2012 U. S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Army Family Action Plan...

  • FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.  Staff. Sgt. Mark Boyer (right) and Sgt. Meghan Berry, 10th Press Camp Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Special Troops Battalion, Fort Bragg, NC, interview Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference attendees at the 2012 Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference. Attendees spoke about their expectations for this year's conference and represented their respective commands and/or installations. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jennifer M. Brady, 10th Press Camp Headquarters)

    10th PCH interviews conference attendee's

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. Staff. Sgt. Mark Boyer (right) and Sgt. Meghan Berry, 10th Press Camp Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Special Troops Battalion, Fort Bragg, NC, interview Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) conference attendees at the...

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (May 1, 2012) -- When issues arise throughout military installations and become concerns for our military Families, our leaders step in to help resolve these issues. This is the process for the 2012 U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference which began April 30, 2012 in Fayetteville, N.C.

"We have a wide range of people coming to this conference, from both active, reserve, National Guard, as well as retired, and you've been selected to represent all those communities. We want to hear from everybody because this is really about working together for a common cause and connected by commitment to improve the lives of our Soldiers, Families and civilians who work in this great Army," said Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, FORSCOM.

With approximately 60 various issues reported from installation conferences nationwide, the workgroups who will participate in the FORSCOM AFAP conference will prioritize the most important issues to present to Rodriguez.

"I'm really looking forward to being able to participate with the other individuals and working together as a team to get to the critical issues that really affect our Families. As well as making sure we get those to the appropriate levels, and find some resolution for these Families that work so hard for our country," said Amy Daniels, Fort Drum, N.Y., prior to the conference.

Amy Daniels was one of about 50 participants in the conference, which included personnel in the workgroups, facilitators, recorders/transcribers and issue support people.

"Over the next four days, you'll serve as advocates for your installations, represent your commands, and voice the concerns of your Soldiers, Families and civilians who comprise the whole FORSCOM family. It's a huge responsibility and we're thankful we have people like you who assume that responsibility," said Rodriguez.

Last year, six issues were approved and forwarded to Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA) for inclusion in the HQDA 2012 AFAP Conference; they were:

Issue #: FC-11-08 Formal Standardized Training for Exceptional Family Member

Program (EFMP) Program Managers (PM) and School Liaison Officers (SLO).
(Submitting installation: Fort Bliss)

Issue #: FC-11-44 Spousal Preference Employment Eligibility in the Federal Civil Service System. (Submitting installation: Fort Stewart)

Issue #: FC-11-45 Sex Offenders Residing in Government-provided Housing Including Leased Housing. (Submitting installation: Fort Stewart)

Issue #: FC-11-60 Dedicated Licensed Civilian Counselors for Grief Support for Survivors.
(Submitting installation: Fort Campbell)

Issue #: FC-11-74 Soldier Assignment Management Process.
(Submitting installation: Fort Irwin)

Issue #: FC-11-94 Investment of Service Members' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) and Death Gratuity Funds for Survivors.
(Submitting installation: Fort Rucker)

"This conference is a way to tell Soldiers, just like yourself, hey, step up, pay attention to what's going on around you because you could make a difference, and they have made a difference, and that's important to know," said GiGi Linder, Well-Being program manager, FORSCOM.

"It's more than just a town hall meeting where we can express our concerns. As [Ret. Gen. John A. Wickham, Jr.] envisioned twenty something years ago, the Army Family Action Plan was designed for just that, Action, to make the Army a better place," said Rodriguez.

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