Family conference needs delegates

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U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern

***image1***Delegates are still needed for the U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern’s
2005 Army Family Action Plan conference, “Setting Standards of Living
for Transforming Army,” to be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 at
the Armstrong Community Club, Vogelweh Housing.

“It is important for members of the community to volunteer for this
year’s conference because it allows the KMC to raise issues that deal
with their well being and impact their quality of life,” said Robin
Arnold, Army Community Service AFAP coordinator. “Basically, it’s a
chance to say what is and what is not working, as well as how to fix it
within the KMC, Department of the Army and Department of Defense.”

The brainchild of Army spouses, AFAP is an Army-wide program that gives
all members of the Army team – active-duty and retired military, family
members and civilian employees – a chance to voice concerns and raise
issues to Army leadership.

Given the joint demographics of the KMC, Air Force members here are
also wanted as delegates because they can provide input for changes in
the KMC, as well as within DOD, said Mrs. Arnold.

“I would like to have a complete list of delegates by Nov. 7, but I will take them the day of the conference,” said Mrs. Arnold.

More than 30 delegates are still needed in order for ACS to reach its
goal of six focus groups for this year’s conference. The number of
delegates determines how many focus groups there are, said Mrs. Arnold.

Each focus group comes up with three top issues impacting the KMC. The
issues that cannot be addressed locally will then be forwarded up to
higher levels, all the way up to the DA conference.

Since the program began in 1983, action plan issues have become Army or
DOD policy. The conference has raised more than 500 issues resulting in
about 82 changes to legislation, 130 revised policies and 140 improved
programs and services, said Linda A. Slaughter, USAGK ACS director.

Locally, the KMC Family Housing and 435th Civil Engineer Squadron
changed procedures a couple of years ago to better inform residents of
upcoming maintenance projects. The Kid’s Zone on Pulaski Barracks
became a reality due to an initiative started at the 2001 conference.

Besides being delegates, members of the community can be a part of this
year’s conference by bringing forth their issues to the conference by
filling out proposed issue worksheets located at central places on
Pulaski Barracks, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and Kleber Kaserne.

Those wanting to be delegates or to bring up issues can e-mail the AFAP
coordinator at robin.arnold@ For more information or to
register for this year’s AFAP, call Mrs. Arnold at 489-7521 or