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JBSA leaders hear about community issues at Armed Forces Action Plan forum

By Steve Elliott | 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | Oct. 6, 2017


“It takes many hearts and many hands to make our community vibrant.”

That’s how Rear Adm. Rebecca J. McCormick-Boyle, commander, Navy Medicine Education and Training Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, summed up the efforts of the Armed Forces Action Program members at the opening of their annual forum, held at the Installation Management Command Academy Oct. 3-6.

The Armed Forces Action Plan is an annual forum that gives those who are normally not in a decision making position, a chance to provide input on quality of life issues to senior leadership for action and resolution. 

It's a process that allows military service members (active, Reserve and National Guard), retirees, survivors, teens, Department of Defense civilians and their families to say what's working, what isn't, and suggestions on how to fix it.

The forum also alerts commanders and senior leadership to areas of concern that need their attention and gives them the opportunity to quickly put plans into place to work towards resolving issues.

Overall, this annually held forum draws together a representation of America's military in an atmosphere of education and decision-making to actively deal with quality of life issues. Even though the AFAP forum is held once a year, issues for consideration are accepted year round.

“Your efforts mean so much to this community,” added Maj. Gen. Thomas Tempel, commander, Regional Health Command-Central.

“We hear you and we’re going to make good on these issues,” said Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle, commander, 502nd Air Base Group and Joint Base San Antonio.