By U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs News ReleaseSeptember 2, 2011
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Delegates and issues are still needed for the fiscal year 2012 U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Army Family Action Plan Conference, Oct. 18-20, at Building 647, near the Sgt. Smith Theater, here.
AFAP is an Armywide program that helps improve quality of life issues.
Through AFAP, all members of the Army, including active, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers; family members; retirees; surviving spouses; and Army civilians have a forum to voice concerns to Army leadership and make recommendations for change.
AFAP remains the pre-eminent means for commanders at all levels to seek solutions to the concerns of their communities.
"As the military and our leaders readjust to the realities we face today, it is increasingly important to voice ourselves, so the leadership will know what is most valued to the Army family," said Heather Miles, AFAP program manager, USAG-HI. "Please take the time to submit your issue to the FY 12 AFAP, and let your voice be heard."
AFAP really does work.
A recommendation was made at the last USAG-HI AFAP conference, held here, Feb. 8-11, to increase security within USAG-HI housing communities. Based on that recommendation, community police officers were assigned to north and south communities. Also, USAG-HI reinstituted the Neighborhood Watch program.
Island Palm Communities residents can contact their respective community center to sign up for the Neighborhood Watch Program.
Another issue brought forward was the lack of a recreation center at Fort Shafter for single Soldiers. A survey has now been created for single Soldiers to let the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation know what types of recreation facilities and programs they want.
AFAP was created in 1980 through focus groups but was fully developed with the first official AFAP Conference held July 1983.
Its mission is to help Army leaders address the needs and concerns of the total Army family.
--USAG-HI AFAP FY 2012
Submit AFAP issues by Sept. 20 at www.myarmyonesource.com or in person at Army Community Service, Building 2091, Kolekole Avenue, Schofield Barracks, or at the Fort Shafter Aloha Center, Building 330, Montgomery Avenue.
To become an AFAP delegate, call (808) 655-0705 before Sept. 20. Delegates from all ranks are being recruited. Delegates are Soldiers, family members, retirees, survivors and Army civilians.
The opening ceremony starts at 8:30 a.m., Oct. 18. The closing ceremony will be held in conjunction with a resigning ceremony of the Army Family Covenant, Oct. 20, at the Tropics Recreation Center, here.
The Youth Center will select delegates and issues for the Teen AFAP that will be held Oct. 15.