2018-10-12 / Front Page

AFAP conference identifies seven top concerns

Alia Naffouj
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Col. Jim Clifford, Fort Gordon garrison commander, answers questions during the concluding program of the Army Family Action Plan conference on Oct. 3. Bill Bengtson /Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Col. Jim Clifford, Fort Gordon garrison commander, answers questions during the concluding program of the Army Family Action Plan conference on Oct. 3. Bill Bengtson /Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office The Army Action Family Plan conference ended Oct. 3 after delegates spent two days reviewing concerns that had been identified by Soldiers, Family members, retirees or civilians.

The mission of AFAP is to provide the Army with a way to identify concerns raised by its members and work them to resolution at all command levels.

The conference, held at the Fort Gordon Conference and Catering center Oct. 2-3, concluded with a closing ceremony where delegates presented their top seven issues to Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr., commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, along with other senior Army leaders, including Col. Jim Clifford, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Gordon.

Delegates were organized into small working groups where they reviewed the quality-of-life issues that were identified command-wide over the last calendar year.

Each group had subject matter experts specific to the raised issues to help determine recommendations that might alleviate the specific concern.

The top seven concerns were:

1. Overcrowding in older barracks for permanent party Soldiers.

2. Personal property loss and damage.

3. Recovery period for casualty assistance officers.

4. Temporary authorized parking for the Fort Gordon community.

5. Out-of-pocket orthodontic costs per each dependent.

6. Stabilization policy for Servicemembers seeking adoption/permanent guardianship.

7. Disparity with sister services receiving benefits.

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