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2010 AFAP Conference

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"The challenges the Army faces in Iraq and Afghanistan are likely not unique, but are challenges the Army will have to deal with well into the next several decades... and I don't mean that these are only wartime challenges, but challenges we will see throughout what I believe will be an era of persistent conflict."

-Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Schloesser discussing the growing challenges brigade commanders face at the Association of the United States Army's Aviation Symposium in Arlington, Va.

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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"Adapt and overcome is the name of the game. It’s just something that happened."

- Staff Sgt. Luis Elias, a Fort Benning, Ga., drill sergeant, who lost his right hand in a training accident on June 30, 2009, considers the last six months as just a bump along life’s road.

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January 2010

Dec. 16 to Jan. 25 : 65th Anniversary of Battle of the Bulge

Jan. 9: Army All-American Bowl

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TODAY'S FOCUS

2010 AFAP Conference

What is it?

The 2010 HQDA Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference will be held Jan. 11 to 15 in the National Capital Region. During this week, delegates from across the Army will meet to discuss the 82 issues originating from AFAP installation conferences. By Friday, January 15, the top five issues will be identified as the most critical active AFAP issues in the Army.

Through AFAP, all members of the Army - Active, Reserve Component and retirees, family members, survivors, and DA civilians have a forum to identify, prioritize and elevate quality-of-life issues to garrison, command and HQDA leadership.

What has the Army done?

AFAP was created in 1980 through focus groups but was fully developed with the first official AFAP Conference held in July 1983. Its mission is to help Army leaders address the needs and concerns of the total Army family. The program uses representatives from the total Army family from around the world to identify issues that will improve the standard of living for Soldiers and families. This feedback to leaders provides for policy changes that become tangible end-products for the Army family. AFAP beneficiaries include Soldiers, retirees and Department of Army civilian employees and all their family members.

In the over 25 years AFAP has been operating, 651 issues have been adopted into the HQDA AFAP and have resulted in 112 changes to legislation, 159 changes to DoD and Army policy and 178 improvements to programs and services.

Why is this important to the Army?

Through AFAP and the Army Family Covenant, quality of life and support of Soldiers and family members will remain a primary focus for the Army. AFAP will continue its year-round support to the total Army Family as emerging quality of life issues are brought forth to Army leadership for resolution. AFAP is the "voice of the Army family," taking on issues such as increasing support for wounded warriors and survivors of the fallen, refining the Soldier Family Action Plan (SFAP) tasks and outreach support to the geographically dispersed through Army OneSource.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

AFAP continues to improve standards of living, not just for Soldiers and their families, but for all military personnel and DoD employees by providing the "voice" for community members to elevate their concerns. AFAP remains the preeminent means for commanders, at all levels, to seek solutions to the concerns of their communities.

Resource:

Army OneSource Web site

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