REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command will conduct its 2008 Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference June 16-20, 2008, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

AFAP identifies issues of concern that affect SMDC/ARSTRAT and the Army community. It provides a way for Soldiers and Family members to let Army leadership know what works, what doesn't -- and what they think will fix it.

"This Conference is held so spouses, Soldiers, civilians, retirees and Family members can voice their opinion to Army leadership about changes that need to take place in order for them to have a better quality of life in their living areas," said Regina Taylor, SMDC/ARSTRAT AFAP coordinator.

Numerous Soldier, Family member and civilian command representatives will participate in this conference as delegates, facilitators, recorders, transcribers, issue support personnel and workgroup coordinators.

"This year's conference will include teen delegates," said Taylor. "SMDC would like to get their opinions about the various changes in their lives such as constantly moving, transitioning to new schools, leaving old friends and meeting new friends.

To make this conference as successful as possible, SMDC/ARSTRAT is accepting issues and
recommendations for review by the delegates attending the conference.

Issue papers should be submitted to Regina Taylor at no later than May 27, 2008.

When submitting issue papers to be reviewed at the conference, authors should remember the following guidelines:

Aca,!Ac Submit only one issue per form. There are no limitations to the number of issues you may submit for consideration.

Aca,!Ac The document should be no more than one typewritten page in length.

Aca,!Ac Write a brief statement summarizing the issue.

Aca,!Ac Describe the problem or concern in paragraph form. Include enough information to ensure people unfamiliar with the issue will understand.

Aca,!Ac Reference any laws, regulations or policies that impact an issue.

Aca,!Ac Make recommendations clear and specific.

Aca,!Ac Prioritize recommendations if you are submitting more than one per issue paper.

Aca,!Ac Answer the following questions:

1. What am I trying to change'

2. What can be done to improve the issue'

3. What is the best possible method to improve the issue'

4. What are some alternative methods to improve the issue'

5. Can someone contact me to clarify the issue and recommendation'

For more information, contact Regina Taylor at (256) 955-4082, Karen Butler at (256) 955-4209, or Sarah Trial at (256) 955-3352.