“Since January 2010, teams of professional positions in Afghanistan have moved the largest amount of mail in the history of Afghanistan, over £ 54,517,638,” said Lt. Col. Donald Brown, head of the Postal Operations Division, 3rd HR-keeping Center (HRSC), first holding control Theater (TSC). “In 2009, 34.4 million pounds, and in 2008, 19.2 million pounds was delivered.”
Joint peacekeeping command in Afghanistan (JSC-A) also reported that the volume of holiday mail delivered exceeded the volume of mail delivered to all previous years since Operation Enduring Freedom began in 2001.
JSC-A is responsible for all peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan, including postal operations. The 184th Expeditionary keeping order, a Mississippi Army National Guard unit, assumed responsibility for JSC-A in October.
“The success we have this season with the rise mail is the culmination of the collaboration of many,” said Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Dowd, commanding first TSC.
TSC first, based in Kuwait, provides support for all postal operations to Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.
“The work [of workers] and support our families and friends back home ensured a positive outcome of this holiday season. There is nothing better than to get this package from home. We understand that and we worked hard to make sure our troops have the packages, “said Dowd.
Using a variety of means of transport, including fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and convoys, the mail was moved across Afghanistan with the help of many commands. The HRSC reports third mail was removed without delay or backlog despite the increased operational tempo.
The deployment of U.S. Central Command and Distribution Operations Center (CDDOC), based in Kuwait has also played an important role in the process of mail delivery. A CDDOC missions is the coordination of air assets available in theater for mission essential transport goods, one of which is the mail.
“The letter is the morale booster number two behind the brothel R & R. We all understand that because we all love to receive mail, “said Admiral Thomas C. cons Traaen, Commander, U.S. CDDOC.” The logistics team really rallied to ensure that all worlds received their mail as soon as possible. It was a great team effort. It was a pleasure to help bring the holiday spirit to our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. They deserve it. ”
Packages of his relatives in the United States to a military deployment in Afghanistan, ends his trip on average in less than 10 days, the meeting of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) standard 16 days for 12 days for packages and letters, said Brown. F
Rom the U.S., mail is flown directly to Bahrain and then transported to the respective platforms in Kandahar and Bagram, Afghanistan, where it is unloaded, sorted, and moved to its final destination.
“The total haul holidays in the United States traveled to Afghanistan from November 1 to December 24 was 12.6 million pounds. This is equivalent to cover every square inch of six football fields in the palletized mail with about 2,800 pounds per pallet. At the end of December, we believe we have received over 13.4 million pounds, “said Major William T. Smith, manager, JSC-A Human Resources Operations Division. “In 2009, the mail was delivered £ 6.4 million holiday.”
Two units of JSC-A, the 101st Brigade of maintaining, Fort Campbell, Ky., and the 43rd Brigade of maintaining, Fort Carson, CO, conduct peacekeeping missions in Afghanistan. For postal operations, they use corporate resources (HRC).
The 510th HRC, a unit of active duty at Fort Eustis, Va., assigned to the Brigade keeping 101e, runs the military post office at the Bagram airbase.
“The successful movement of over £ 9,000,000 of mail this month at Bagram was a huge effort of a” team of teams “assured everyone forward in the battle have received their mail and parcel of their relatives, “said Col. Michael P. Peterman, commander, 101st Brigade continued.” All staff Lifeliner gained a new understanding and appreciation for the work that our Post Office / UPS / DHL workers set for annual ensure that every American receives his mail in hometown USA. ”
The 328th HRC, a unit of Army Reserve of San Antonio, Texas, assigned to the 43rd Brigade of maintaining, operating the military post office at Kandahar Airfield.
“This is another demonstration of support from soldiers, who are the linemen and women’s football, so to speak. Their number is rarely called, but they are essential to the mission. I could not be more proud of everyone involved in mail delivery services to our members, and I commend them for work well done, “said Col. Edward Daly, commander, 43rd Brigade continued.” monumental efforts of these superstars really made a difference by bringing the spirit of Christmas in Afghanistan. ”
Other significant contributors to the success of missions mail delivery are the sections of mobility to the JSC-A and its subordinate brigades.
“The JSC-A and the capacity of its subordinate brigades to platforms available airlift game against the requirements of daily mail has contributed to the success of the missions of delivering mail. The use of contract support of fixed and rotary aircraft has been essential for successful delivery of ‘last mile’ of e-mail to the trenches, “said Smith.” Coordination between job requirements and the ingenuity of mobility was a key element of mail delivery in Afghanistan. ”
Due to the holiday rush, an appeal was sent volunteers to assist in unloading and sorting mail to the Bagram and Kandahar mail hubs. Soon, the service members of all branches of the military in the ranks from private to general officer were found working all hours to ensure their comrades received their packages on time.
“All along the line of the continental U.S. CENTCOM postal units, the 1st TSC based in Kuwait and the military and civilian CDDOC-made-mail flow this season successful. And in the true spirit of partnership in the coalition, the Royal Air Force mail delivery of U.S. holiday in Herat, “said Brig. Gen. Philip R. Fisher, Commander, JSC-A.
The UK Royal Air Force used one of their C-130 military aircraft to help the JSC-A to reach the milestone of delivering mail.
“The hard work and cooperation is a great success and all should be proud of their work. The efforts of those involved with the holiday mail service have been phenomenal. The postal units in Bagram and Kandahar, the 101st and 43rd brigades maintenance, and volunteers across Afghanistan worked diligently to ensure that all deployed in the Joint Operations Area-Afghanistan received their mail from the millions of pounds of packages and letters from loved ones to home, “Fisher said.
Mail delivery has a tremendous impact on the morale of service members. During the holidays and because of the amount of mail received, the military post offices in Afghanistan has increased the number of calls to messaging units to pick up mail.
“This is my first Christmas away from home. Although it is difficult to be away from home for the holidays, it’s great to be able to send and receive mail. The postal service allowed me to stay in touch with my family and friends at home. Mail call is easily one of the highlights of my day, “said U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Bradley Monahan, assigned to Fighter Attack Squadron 122, at Kandahar Airfield.