Fort Meade Army Family Action Plan pushing forward

Public Affairs Office

Every person living or working on Fort Meade has been impacted by the Army Family Action Plan since its establishment more than 30 years ago.

Today, AFAP continues to provide the military community a voice in helping shape living standards and identifying issues for senior decision makers.

“Although changes are taking place within the Army and the Department of Defense in general, tough decisions on where to use available resources to directly enhance military readiness is continually being assessed,” said Tianne Travis, AFAP program manager at Fort Meade.

Still, AFAP can make a huge impact in the community.

“The significant work done through AFAP continues to provide an avenue for service members and families to say what is working and what isn’t, while also having the opportunity to recommend change to improve the quality of life within the military community,” Travis said.

Travis points out several major issues identified through AFAP that continue to impact change globally. They include the creation of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program; the establishment of the military Thrift Savings Plan; audio/visual surveillance in military child care centers; military spouse preference for federal employment; and transferability of Montgomery GI Bill benefits to dependents.

A direct impact locally for Fort Meade is the dog park, sports fields, Exchange Refill Satellite Pharmacy and the Family Pet Care Center installed on the installation.

“We’re working to ensure the continued relevance of AFAP is visible in the Fort Meade community,” Travis said.

The AFAP program manager has placed AFAP issue boxes throughout Fort Meade. Those eligible to participate include active-duty military members including Reserve and National Guard members, family members, retirees, surviving spouses, DoD civilian employees and members of partner commands.

AFAP will use the information to identify issues or concerns that significantly impact the standard of living in the military community.

AFAP issues received will be processed year-round through the comment boxes located at Army Community Service located at 830 Chisholm Ave., the Exchange Customer Service area or through AFAP’s online presence at (Select “Family Programs & Services.” Click “Army Family Action Plan issue Management System (IMS)” and submit a new issue.)

This ensures the voices of the community are being heard beyond installation level, Travis said.

For more information, call the AFAP coordinator at 301-677-5590.

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