Army Family Action Plan

Wednesday August 13, 2008

What is it?

The Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) is a program that seeks input for the most significant issues that affect the quality of life of Soldiers, Army families, retirees and Department of the Army civilians.

What has Army done?

To date, AFAP results include 102 legislative changes, 152 Army and Office of the Secretary of Defense policy changes and 168 changes to programs and services. Approximately 61 percent of AFAP issues are applicable across the Department of Defense. Ninety percent of AFAP issues are worked at local levels to improve local Army communities.

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Information Papers with 2008 Army Posture Statement

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Bloggers Roundtable

Soldiers working with Afghan farmers to grow wheat

National Guard, British soldiers aid Afghans

SOCIAL NETWORKING

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • U.S. Army shooter sets record, wins gold in double trap (USA)
  • Patriot warrior: New type of Reserve exercise (ARNews)
  • Part pastor, part soldier (CT)
  • Risk of alcohol abuse higher for Guard and Reserve troops (HR)
  • Wounded warriors train to climb Mount McKinley (ARNews)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • YouTube circulates 'unfiltered' war views (WT)
  • Al-Qaeda said to use regional strife to tighten grip in Pakistan (WP)
  • Police hail round-up of al Qaeda suspects (MH)
  • Bombing in NW Pakistan kills 14 (WP)

OF INTEREST

  • Fighting may spark a new U.S. policy battle over Russia (LAT)
  • After mixed U.S. messages, a war erupted in Georgia (NYT)
  • U.S. cancels Russia exercise over Georgia (Reut)
  • Fears of violence spread in Philippines (MH)
  • Military contractors' cost: $85 billion (PI)
  • Olympic opening ceremony celebrates "One World, One Dream" (ARNews)

WORLD VIEW

  • Georgian villages burned and looted as Russian tanks advance (GRD | Story)
  • Georgia says Russian troops still fighting despite accord (IHT | Story)
  • Shaky Caucasus ceasefire holds amid claims of tanks in Gori (TO | Story)
  • Before the gunfire, cyberattacks (IHT | Story)
  • Opinion: Why Russia's response to Georgia was right (FT | Story)
  • Bomb blast rocks north Lebanon (AJ | Story)
  • President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan will not face impeachment, say aides (LDT | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Never give in to the enemy (SP)
  • Mental health field unprepared for epidemic of PTSD (SP)
  • Where the hammer meets the nail (SP)
  • Army recruits now able to earn GED (WTN)
  • U.S. Army declares Arizona car dealer a no-go zone (AB)

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Events

Aug. 8 - 24, 2008: XXIX Olympic Games: Beijing 2008: U.S Army Olympian Web site

Aug. 16, 2008: 25th Anniversary of Army Family Action Plan

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"If the Army makes a decision in technology, and then it does not
appear as promising as we had originally thought, it is more beneficial to use that information as a map -- a path not to go down. We find out what is wrong and that helps us find out what is right."

-Lt. Col. William Utroska, Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center at Fort Monmouth, N.J.

Army displays 100 technologies at end of 4-month test

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