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The 2012 Army Family Action Plan Conference was scheduled to be held on Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2012. Unfortunately, Superstorm Sandy, known to those closest to her as "Frankenstorm," chose that week to come barreling through, which resulted in a two-day base closure and the need to reschedule the AFAP conference. With the last-minute change in plans, the annual conference looked a little different this year, hosting only one workgroup with eight delegates, four FRTI staff, and getting a lot of help from Army Community Service staff and volunteers. Although there was much to accomplish and little time to accomplish it, the workgroup took on the huge responsibility of reviewing the 22 issues submitted prior to the conference, as well as several issues developed during the first work session. This resulted in a total of 33 issues that were addressed. Despite this daunting task, the workgroup was able to fully develop three issues that Col. Alan Darden has now approved for submission to the regional AFAP conference.

The top conference issues for 2012 are as follows:

1.Service Members Behavioral Health Intake Forms

2.Veterans Montgomery GI Bill or the Post 9-11 GI Transferability

3.TRICARE Prime Beneficiaries Local Care Eligibility

All local issues submitted prior to the conference will be forwarded to the Interactive Customer Evaluation office for resolution, and all other active issues will be reviewed by the Commanders Steering Committee until deemed either completed or unattainable.

The results of the vote for the Top 5 Services are as follows:

1. Army Community Service

2. Directorate of Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation

3. Exceptional Family Member Program

4. Child Youth and School Services

5. Army Emergency Relief

Information regarding the priority placement of all issues will be posted on the Fort Detrick AFAP webpage. For more information, please call 301-619-3171. Fort Detrick would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all of those who participated in the 2012 AFAP conference.