News: Brooklyn native, Marine delivers morale to fellow troops
Story by Lance Cpl. J. R. Heins
Pfc. Davidson Rodriguez
Job Title: Postal Clerk
Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Date Joined: Oct. 28, 2013
CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Sorting and distributing mail across the various units aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point is Pfc. Davidson Rodriguez’ primary focus.
“I handle all mail that comes into Cherry Point, and sort the mail by unit so it is ready when the clerks come to pick it up,” said Rodriguez.
According to Rodriguez, the most challenging part of his job is keeping an accurate record of every piece of mail that comes in and goes out of the post office.
“I would never want to be the reason someone doesn’t get an important package or letter they have been waiting for,” said the 22-year-old, Brooklyn, N.Y., native.
When he is not in the mail room, Rodriguez enjoys volunteering through church activities and served as a teacher’s aide, teaching chess and photography to children prior to enlisting in the Marine Corps.
“Even though I didn’t join the Marine Corps expecting to be a postal clerk, I really love my job, and the more I learn, the more I enjoy being a postal clerk,” said Rodriguez.
Rodriguez described his job as very fulfilling, because the postal clerks working efficiently and caring for each piece of mail ensures everyone gets what they are looking for when they need it most.
“Understanding the mechanics, organization and attention to detail needed behind the scenes is my favorite part of my job,” said Rodriguez. “The little things, even just a single piece of mail, is really important because that may be all someone is holding on to to keep them going.”
Rodriguez said he is looking forward to advancing in his career in the Marine Corps and hopes to continue learning about his job, serving in his community and helping people wherever he goes.