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The Army Family Action Plan is asking for input on how to make the “Great Place” greater.

For 30 years, the program has allowed soldiers and family members to share the issues they see within the Army and a process in which to improve them.

“We are still going strong and still working,” said Diane Mansfield-Williams, program manager.

Through the program, people can fill out an issue submission form with a suggested resolution. These issues are then brought before four focus forums in October to be sorted through and passed to the Garrison Command to be implemented.

Issues will be collected through September, she said.

“People should be encouraged to submit issues,” she said. “Some people feel discouraged because they think they are just one person. ... The Army is a huge organization and nine times out of 10, someone else experienced the same thing you did.”

One visible example of AFAP at work are the dog parks opened on post, Mansfield-Williams said.

Another is some of the new directional signs directing drivers toward the hospital.

During the focus forums, the program tries to include people from all walks of life at Fort Hood — anybody who is part of the Army family, she said.

In August, there will be an AFAP conference specifically dedicated to teens. A smartphone app was created in response to that forum in previous years.

“It’s very important, because we’re talking about impacting quality of life for us,” Mansfield-Williams said. “We need to let leadership see or know things that are working well or ways to improve ... the way we live.”

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

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