GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Members of the Grafenwoehr and Vilseck community recently convened at Rose Barracks on a mission: Address concerns relevant to the families and Soldiers of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria.


USAG Bavaria’s Army Community Service held its Army Family Action Plan forum Sept. 13 drawing in a cross section of the community: Soldiers, family members and employees.


AFAP gives community members the opportunity to bring issues that concern them to the attention of the greater Bavaria community. It then focuses on finding solutions to these issues at a grass-roots level.


“Since its inception in 1983, AFAP is the only such partnership between a branch of the U.S. military and its constituents,” said event organizer and ACS coordinator, Porché Leonard.


Community member submit issues by completing AFAP Quality of Life forms the months prior to the forum. The form — which is available at — is turned into Army Community Service for review.


“You can drop issues off at ACS or in the drop boxes at CMRs all year round,” said Kent Thompson, the Soldier & Family Readiness manager at ACS.


If concerns meet certain criteria — for example, is the issue beyond the authority level of the garrison commander — then they are pushed forward for review and action at the AFAP forum.


The following concerns were selected for discussion:


  • Pets abandoned during PCS moves


  • Developing more user-friendly database platforms for Soldiers and civilian employees


  • More options for meal card use for Soldiers


  • More time needed for Soldiers to rest prior or after during twenty-four hour duty


The abandoned pets issue will be addressed by the veterinarian clinic exploring the Army partnering with professional pet shipping companies in order to negotiate a discounted shipping rate.


The database issue will be re-written to narrow the focus. Subject Matter Experts will explore the possibility of making databases more user-friendly.


Both issues will be looked at internally to see if a local solution can be found. If not, they will be elevated to Installation Management Command – Europe Sembach for their action. IMCOM-E is the organization managing Army installations in Europe.


The meal card option for Soldiers and issue of more additional rest time were deemed issues best addressed by local Army commands.


A person with a concern about any issue, can drop off a form at ACS year-round. ACS is also accepting volunteers to help. For more, call DSN 476-2650, CIV 09641-83-8371.


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