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    Camp Pendleton Opens 11 Area Military Post Office

    Camp Pendleton Opens 11 Area Military Post Office

    Photo By Lance Cpl. Mhecaela Watts | U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Erin Vandehoef, a combat videographer with Communication...... read more read more



    Story by Lance Cpl. Mhecaela Watts 

    Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marine Corps Installations West Camp Pendleton Consolidated Postal System opened a new military post office in the 11 Area, April 2, 2024. Service members, to include those residing in the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters, or barracks, on base will now have direct access to their mail and the opportunity to put new features of the MPO to work. MCB Camp Pendleton is committed to improving the welfare of Marines, Sailors and their families through new quality of life initiatives.

    MCB Camp Pendleton’s primary mission is to support training, sustain and deploy the warfighter, while providing them and their families with services that enrich their lives. As the largest west coast expeditionary training facility, MCB Camp Pendleton prioritizes quality of life for those who live here by recognizing needs and implementing changes. With thousands of Marines and Sailors living in the BEQs, the concern for adequate mail services continues to be a priority.

    The addition of the 11 Area MPO supports and expands on the mission of the MCI-West Camp Pendleton Consolidated Postal System in acceptance and delivery of official and personal mail addressed to military commands, agencies, authorized civilian organizations, and service members at MCB Camp Pendleton. The operation of this new facility will not only increase morale but will help to maintain the Marine Corps’ lethal edge by supporting and investing in our top talent.

    “It will be a huge morale builder because it allows [service members] to receive their mail quickly,” said Master Sgt. Mario Lute, the postal finance officer of the MCI-West Consolidated Postal System.

    The service members residing in the BEQs are a major factor for expanding MPO services on base. Expansion within the 11 Area is especially important because it supports multiple units in one locale such as Headquarters and Support, 9th Communication, 1st Intelligence, and 1st Radio Battalions. It is important these Marines have easy access to a mail facility, especially those who do not have personal vehicles. New MPO’s not only improve troop welfare, but also enhance efficiency with new innovative features.

    New features to the 11 Area MPO include 24/7 access to P.O. boxes and parcel lockers, email notification of package arrival and swift pick up by simply scanning an ID.

    “The Marines are now getting the same service that any person who lives in base housing or in the surrounding communities would get,” said U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christopher Heltebran, the postal director of the MCI-West and I Marine Expeditionary Force Consolidated Postal Systems.

    This new addition also benefits Marines and their units because they won’t have to rely on unit mailrooms to pick up, deliver and sort their mail, allowing administrative specialists to conduct other administrative tasks for their assigned military occupational specialty.

    In the future, more MPOs with P.O. boxes and parcel lockers are planned for buildings in different areas across Camp Pendleton to include the 21, 22, 41, 53 and 62 Areas.

    “The most memorable part about this project was witnessing the transformation of the room. It started as an unoccupied room of barber chairs and wires and ended as a full-fledged receptacle center where Marines can receive mail 24 hours a day,” said Lute.

    MCB Camp Pendleton remains dedicated to upholding a high standard of troop welfare and taking care of our Marines, Sailors and their families by continuously providing quality of life initiatives that support combat readiness and mission success.



    Date Taken: 04.03.2024
    Date Posted: 04.04.2024 13:23
    Story ID: 467733

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