Launch of the Army Integrated Family Support Network

Thursday September 20, 2007

What is it? The Army Integrated Family Support Network (AIFSN) will provide a new support network for Soldiers and Families regardless of their proximity to a military installation. When fully implemented, this network will address Family issues head on by providing a single, holistic institutional network of standardized services.

What has the Army done? Through a collective effort by the active Army, Guard, and Reserve, the Army has leveraged the power of the Internet to provide a single portal for information and services traditionally only found on military installations.

Until now, Active, Guard, and Reserve organizational structures created overlapping lines of authority with regard to programs for Army Families. Each component functioned independently in the delivery of Family programs. The AIFSN was specifically designed to meet the needs of "geographically dispersed" Soldiers and Families, in both active and reserve components, from mobilized Soldiers to recruiters to Families located outside reasonable driving distances of military facilities.

An initial $7 million has already been invested in the training and technology to "jump start" the program to create uniform Family programs across components. This funding provides cross-level staffing, training, and advanced technology to reach our geographically dispersed Families.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The AIFSN will also target new Soldiers and Families, improving their awareness of and access to services.

Why is this important to the Army? The AIFSN supports Family readiness needs of the entire expeditionary force and will provide more consistent and uniform Family services during extended deployments to Active, Guard, and Reserve Families.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates.
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- Army Public Affairs Portal

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OF INTEREST

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WORLD VIEW

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WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"In this era of persistent conflict, we can expect continuing deployments and to sustain this effort, we have to eliminate the old way of supporting Families, and replace it with a system to support all Army Families with means that respond to a globally networked society communicating in mobile ways." - Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, announced (along with Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr.) the new Army Integrated Family Support Network, Sep. 18.

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