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    Iron horses Deliver the Mail to Ironhorse Soldiers

    Iron horses Deliver the Mail to Ironhorse Soldiers

    Photo By Sgt. Jacob Hester-Heard | Spc. Sara McDowell and Spc. Michael McCarthy, postal clerks assigned to the 444th...... read more read more

    ZAGAN, Poland – U.S. Soldiers in Zagan and surrounding bases may be familiar with the base mail room and the services it provides as an Army Post Office, but it’s the Soldiers who work inside that make the operation possible.
    “At this one location we service about 3,000 Soldiers,” said Army Cpl. Angelica J. Corral, a postal clerk with the 502nd Human Resources Company, 16th Special Troops Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Theater Sustainment Command.
    This APO serves approximately 15 subordinate units of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division in Bolesławiec, Trzebień, Karliki, Skwierzyna and Świętoszów.
    The mail room has served over 3,500 customers— an average of 107 a week— and shipped or received over 123,000 pounds of packages— an average of 809 pounds sent and 2,921 pounds received per week, according to data provided by Army Staff Sgt. Coralina Lucas, custodian of postal effects with the 502nd HRC, 16th STB, 16th SB, 13th TSC.
    The office’s mission is to provide postal support to Soldiers and civilians within the Atlantic Resolve area of operations.
    “Connecting people and ensuring their parcels are sent and received safely and expeditiously is how we want do it,” said Army Staff Sgt. Randy J. Duckett, custodian of postal effects with the 444th HRC, 16th SB, 13th TSC.
    Just like their U.S. counterparts, the post office here exists to connect people in a more intimate and nostalgic way than the internet or phone.
    The office sends and receives mail in spite of weather conditions, and— especially for deployed Soldiers— is often the most reliable method of communicating back home.
    “We’re away from home and there’s sometimes nothing to do here— but you can always tell when someone receives a package,” Corral said. “It just brightens up their whole day.”



    Date Taken: 06.28.2018
    Date Posted: 07.02.2018 10:51
    Story ID: 283013
    Location: ZAGAN, PL

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