Yongsan Community pushes for changes during AFAP conference
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- The 2013 U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Army Family Action Plan Conference was held to bring together Soldiers, Family Members, Retirees, and DA Civilians to identify and elevate quality of life issues for action by senior Army leaders here, Oct. 3-4.
AFAP is a year-round process, starting at the installation or unit level, where representatives from the garrison area meet in work groups to prioritize quality of issues submitted by the local community. Approximately 90 percent of the AFAP issues that merge are resolved at the local level and result in ongoing community improvements.
"This is a heavily volunteer program that we welcome anyone to come out and help us work the issues as they come along," said Kimberly Moore, AFAP/AFTB Program Manager.
According to Army OneSource, information provided through the AFAP process gives leaders insight into current satisfaction detractors, quality of life needs, and expectations of Army constituents.
"I'm asking the community to continue to add their voice to the debates, because we need the Army to know that there is a movement for reform that's gathering strength from here in Korea," said Col. Michael E. Masley, garrison commander for USAG Yongsan. "This is where you get the chance to contribute to the military way of life here on Yongsan for both your family and home."
Recent accomplishments through AFAP include the distribution of the Montgomery GI Bill benefit to dependents, increased taxi cab stops, more crosswalks for pedestrians, and community support for severely wounded, injured and ill soldiers and families through the Army Wounded Warrior Community Support Network.
"This conference provided me with a lot of information about ongoing issues that I didn't know about, and it also gave me the opportunity to let my voice be heard," said Sgt. Andrew Nord, delegate at AFAP conference.
You can log onto www.myarmyonesource.com and register to submit an issue online or you can use one of the issues boxes that are posted around USAG Yongsan, K-16, and Hannam Village with your concerns.