When Brandon came home a couple weeks ago to tell me he got roped into doing the AFAP conference and "ask" if I wanted to go, I was a little wary. I had heard of AFAP, but had no clue what it meant and how I would be involved. Last week, we attended a delegates training meeting and I was left with even more questions, the biggest - what the heck am I doing?
AFAP (Army Family Action Plan) was created 28 years ago to deal with issues on post and Army wide. Issues are submitted and a group of delegates (of which I am for this conference) figure out which ones to pursue and which to ditch.
Of course, I didn't know exactly this going in this morning. I had a vague idea of what we were doing but had no idea where to start. Once we were given our packet of issues, I became more comfortable. The issues were easy to read and made sense. Sweet!
Unfortunately, Brandon and I were split into different groups. Sad day.
My group is dealing with family services, while Brandon's is dealing with base operations. A lot of the issues are valid for ours, though we did quickly toss a few - sorry! So we started the day by chatting about each issue (there was 20 or so) and then once those were discussed, we narrowed down to 7 that we wanted more information about. Subject matter experts (SMEs) came in to clarify certain regulations and answer our questions. Once that was said and done, we narrowed it down to 3 issues. Yay!
Now our job is to take these 3 issues and present them in a way that we could get some changes. We have to get some recommendations written and on Thursday, we'll be presenting them and answering questions.
It's kind of fun! I'm surprisingly pleased and definitely in my element right now. It's so nice to be out of the house, around people, and doing something. Sometimes this writing life gets lonely, you know? It helps that my work group is great to be around. Poor Brandon says his work group isn't as great. :(
Now Brandon is at staff duty for the night (another Poor Brandon moment!) and I'll be watching trashy TV and dealing with a hyper border collie. I'm excited to see what tomorrow holds!