Army Family Action Plan
Army Community Service, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 2012 Army Family Action Plan, or AFAP, which begins Monday, here, is a grassroots program for the Army family to bring necessary changes to the attention of Army leaders.
“AFAP is a great program that positively impacts the quality of life for Soldiers and families. It is important for leaders at all levels to remain engaged and understand what issues our Soldiers and families face,” said former AFAP participant Lt. Col. Timothy Hayden, commander, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment. “It really is reassuring to know that AFAP takes on these issues and works diligently with the chain of command to ensure our quality of life is commensurate with the tremendous service we get from our Soldiers and families.”
Through AFAP, the life of the entire Army family has greatly improved. Starting with the first conference in 1984, AFAP has established minimum standards for Army child care. In subsequent years, AFAP established the need for a military Thrift Savings Plan, or TSP; a reformed military pay table (targeted pay raises); extended educational benefits for surviving spouses; and mandated in-state tuition rates for military personnel and their family members.
In its 29 years, AFAP has completed 507 issues. Today, 36 issues are active; of those, one is currently being discussed that directly impacts families here in Hawaii.
Issue #672 is the “Reimbursement for Public School Transportation for Active Component Army Families.” This issue is being worked at the highest levels of Army leadership.
Soldiers and family members can follow the status of this issue, and all other current DA issues, at www.MyArmyOneSource.com.
“It really is part of being a great ‘team of teams’ that makes serving here in the 25th Infantry Division, USARPAC (U.S. Army-Pacific), and the U.S. Army such a positive experience,” Hayden said.
Issues are important, and taking part in the improvement of the community builds resilience and encourages positive skill building.
Soldiers and family members are encouraged to become active and involved and to speak up regarding issues needing the attention of the AFAP.
Submit your issues today by going to the Army Hawaii FMWR homepage at www.himwr.com.