Army Volunteer Corps/ Army Family Action Plan/ Army Family Team Building

Army Volunteer Corps

Are you looking for ways to be involved in your community? “Inspire by Example” and join the corps of volunteers already present in Baumholder. Our Volunteer coordinator can help place you in a wide variety of positions through the community.

As a volunteer one of life's greatest rules..."You can not hold a torch to light another's path without brightening your own!"

Through volunteer service, individuals can learn or enhance skills, get to know the community and meet new people, build their resumes, and more.

We have many volunteer opportunities within United States Army Garrison Baumholder and strive to provide a professional volunteer force that supports readiness within the community and within Army Families. All volunteers in the community must first attend a volunteer orientation offered through Army Community Service in order to facilitate the volunteer process and professional development of Baumholder’s volunteer force. Additionally, all volunteers must be registered and apply for volunteer positions through the Volunteer Management Information System(VMIS) which provides a formalized process for volunteerism which can be utilized to build your resume.

VMIS was developed to give the Army a real-time snapshot of volunteer activities at any given time, at any given installation. VMIS provides all of the tools needed to track AVC volunteer hours, manage and track volunteers, post open positions, print reports, and much more. All volunteer hours will be tracked through the VMIS System.
Explore a new career, develop skills, network with other professionals and create opportunities for yourself. An opportunity awaits you!

Why Volunteer?

Meet new people
Acquire or maintain skills
Develop and grow personally
Gain a sense of achievement
Obtain training and knowledge

Volunteer positions include but are not limited to:

Baumholder Clinic Worker
Data Entry
Library Assistant
Sports Coach
Trainers/ Instructors

Some Volunteer Organizations include:

• American Red Cross
• Army Community Service
• Army Family Action Plan
• Army Family Team Building
• Child & Youth Services
• Chapel Programs
• Baumholder Community Spouses' Club (BCSC)
• Family Readiness Groups

Helpful Links:

DD2793- Volunteer Agreement Form

A5671- Parental Permission Form (Youth Volunteers Only)

Baumholder VMIS Instructions

Baumholder Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form

If you have any questions, the program manager at DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

Army Family Action Plan

Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) is the Army's grassroots process to identify and elevate the most significant quality of life issues impacting Soldiers (all components), Retirees, Department of Army (DA) Civilians, and Families to senior leaders for action.
AFAP is the Army’s customer-centric process to support Army Initiative #2 and the Army Family Covenant by giving commanders and leader’s insight into current satisfaction detractors, quality of life needs, and expectations of Army constituents. Army installations conduct annual AFAP forums to identify issues most pressing to Soldiers, Families, retirees, and DA Civilians. Issues are reviewed and prioritized at Command and HQDA AFAP Conferences. The Director of the Army Staff assigns HQDA AFAP issues to Army Staff principals for resolution. The AFAP General Officer Steering Committee, comprised of senior Department of Defense, Army officials and field representatives (commanders and command sergeants major), meets semi-annually to provide direction and determine final issue status.

USAG Baumholder AFAP

The AFAP process begins at local garrisons through the collection of issues throughout the community and the annual AFAP Conference which will be held in Baumholder on 19 and 20 October 2011. During this Conference, Delegates from across the community will come together to prioritize and refine issues submitted by the community and make recommendations for resolution. Issues that are prioritized during the Conference will go to the Garrison Commander’s AFAP Steering Committee where we will look at ways to resolve those issues. Issues that are outside the scope of the USAG Baumholder’s control can then be forwarded to the Europe Region AFAP for inclusion in the region AFAP process.

AFAP's Relevance

AFAP is the Army’s primary tool communicating to leadership issues of importance for Soldiers, Family members, retirees, and DA civilians. It's  the people’s perspective of adjustments and improvements that will increase recruitment, retention and work-life satisfaction.  AFAP supports the Army Force Generation Model (ARFORGEN) and unit commanders by identifying quality of life concerns and also supports restoration of balance by improving predictable standardized services and programs across the Army.

AFAP demonstrates that Army leaders care about the people who make up the Army Family and makes our Army a better place to live and work.

Executive and Legislative Initiatives Addressed AFAP Issues

Several key executive and legislative initiatives successfully addressed AFAP issues. They include:

Public Law 110-245 authorized the Heroes Earning Assistance and Relief Act of 2008 [HEART Act] and tax credit for employers who pay a salary differential to mobilized reservists. (AFAP Issue 486)

Public Law 110-314 authorized the Higher Education Opportunity Act mandating that states charge no higher than in-state tuition rates for military personnel and their dependents. (AFAP Issue 521)

FY09 National Defense Authorization Act granted professional weight allowance for military spouses (AFAP Issue 531) and paternity leave for new military fathers in addition to normal leave. (AFAP Issue 578)

Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 authorizing distribution of Montgomery GI Bill benefits (MGIB) to dependents (AFAP Issue 497) and MGIB for Veterans Education Assistance Program Era Soldiers. (AFAP Issue 385)

Executive Order (spouse employment) allowing noncompetitive appointment authority for spouses of active duty (AD), disabled service members (SM) and un-remarried widow/widower of a SM killed on AD. (AFAP Issue 591)

Anyone wishing to be a part of the Baumholder AFAP should contact the AFAP Program Manager, Ciara Luna at DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188.

Submit Issues

Submit your issue for consideration in the next local AFAP conference or view the status of DA issues:
Click Here - My Army One Source (Requires Registration)
Click Here - Survey Monkey (No Registration Required)



AFAP issue email form (JPG format)


AFAP Steering Committee briefing, Feb. 14, 2011
2010 AFAP Conference Outbrief
AFAP Issue Update Book
AFAP Index of Active Issues
2009 AFAP Conference issues
2010 AFAP Baumholder Issue Update Book- ACTIVE
2010 AFAP Issue Book Complete-UNATTAINABLE

To become involved with AFAP , contact the program manager at DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188

Army Family Team Building

Army Family Team Building (AFTB)

Army Family Team Building (AFTB) is a series of training modules taught through the Army Community Service that cover topics such as basic information about the Army, personal growth skills and leadership skills. AFTB improves personal and Family preparedness which enhances overall Army readiness and helps America’s Army adapt to a changing world.
Mission Statement
Army Family Team Building empowers individuals, maximizing their personal growth and professional development through specialized training, transforming our community into a resilient and strong foundation meeting today's military mission.

Once Family members have completed the Army Family Team Building program, they become a combat multiplier and enhance overall readiness of the force. An informed, empowered Family allows the Soldier to concentrate efforts and focus in on the mission of defending our nation. The Soldier is able to feel confident and secure that his or her Family is better prepared for the challenges of mobilization.

After AFTB training, our Family members are more knowledgeable about the military and develop realistic expectations resulting in less frustration and confusion. If informed Families can do more to help themselves, the command can focus on its mission while assuring Family members that the military support will be there. In this respect, command support of the program is vital to its success and in the best interest of commanders. AFTB contributes to readiness, performance, retention and recruitment, all vital to the Army’s mission.

Learn, Grow, and Lead

Army Family Team Building is not a new idea or concept. It is the formal recognition and naming of something the Army and Army Families have been doing for over 200 years, sustaining and nurturing the force and serving the nation. It is volunteers connecting Families to the Army through training that is divided into 3 levels of instruction:

Level I - Learn, 10 Classes/8hoursAFTB Level I Modules train basic information about the Army.

Learn about the Army life and how to maneuver through daily challenges by discovering how to decipher Army acronyms, utilize Community Resources, attain better financial readiness and understand the goal and impact of the Army mission on daily life.

Level II - Grow, 14 Classes/17.25 hoursAFTB Level II Modules train personal growth skills.

Grow personally through self-development modules. Learn how to improve your communication skills, personal relationships, and stress management skills. Discover how teams form and grow, how to solve problems and how to resolve personal conflict. Acquire knowledge on Army traditions, customs, courtesies and protocol.

Level III - Lead, 14 Classes/13.25 hoursAFTB Level III Modules train leadership skills.

Thrive in the Army and civilian life by expanding leadership skills, effective communication techniques and learning to mentor others into leadership positions. Learn about the different leadership styles, how to run an effective meeting, how to manage group conflict and how to coach and mentor others.

How it Works

1. Family member students are trained by Volunteer Instructors or Volunteer Master Trainers at the local level.
2. Volunteer Instructors are trained by Master Trainers to teach Levels I, II and III.
3. Volunteer Master Trainers are trained and certified by the Department of the Army (DA) and commit to teach/work AFTB for 1 year.
4. Core Volunteers Instructors are trained and certified by DA and teach all DA sponsored trainings.

To become involved with AFTB as a student or volunteer, contact the program manager at DSN, 485-8188 or CIV, 06783-6-8188.