Army Community Services wants to remind the White Sands Missile Range community that Army Family Action plan issues are accepted year-round. Though the format in which AFAP issues are reviewed have slightly changed, the issue is still addressed in the same manner and all issues are discussed with WSMR Garrison Commander Col. Brian Michelson.
“If you aren’t sure that AFAP makes a difference, just look at the lighting and bathrooms at the track, the soccer field and basketball courts in front of the school,” said Patsy Gomez, ACS director. “These are the results of the AFAP process. A problem can’t be addressed until the issue is heard by those that are in a position to make changes.”
Since the AFAP process has changed to smaller quarterly meetings rather than an annual multi-day event, only the subject matter experts associated with the issues are invited to the meeting in order to address issues in a timelier manner. The AFAP meetings now occur in conjunction with other ACS quarterly meetings and are always attended by Michelson.
When an issue is received, it is still addressed by the AFAP committee. If the issue is attainable, then they move forward from the initial process and must come to some resolution. Some issues may be found unattainable because it is either cost prohibited or has already been addressed before.
The outcome to the issues that are submitted will be published in the Missile Ranger. If an individual who submits an issue wants to be identified, they will be notified directly of the resolution to the issue. If an issue warrants immediate attention prior to the quarterly meeting, a meeting will be requested with the garrison commander in-between quarterly meetings.
“I think this is very beneficial for the entire community at White Sands whether personnel or civilian,” said Markham Kearns, WSMR industrial hygiene technician. “I think it’s absolutely great that we have that ability. I will definitely keep an eye out.”
This quarter, four issues were addressed. The issues that will be completed before the end of the year is the repair of the elevator and a paved walking route from the restrooms to the Sgt. Brian Pedro Field. Other issues that are currently being worked on include the renovation or relocation of the laundromat and revisiting the hours at the commissary.
To submit an issue visit www.wsmrmwr.com/army_family_action_plan.php.