82nd Sust. Bde. Soldiers assume official mail mission
October 6, 2011
Fort Bragg, N.C. -- It's official. Soldiers from the 82nd Sustainment Brigade's 18th Human Resources Company took responsibility of the Official Mail Distribution Center on Fort Bragg Sept. 28.
A nine-soldier team from the company processes all of the official mail for a majority of the tenant units here.
"We've been training since Aug. 15 to assume this mission," said 2nd Lt. Megan Caldwell-Meeks, OMDC supervisor and Los Angeles native. "We took over this mission from an experienced team of civilian contractors."
The mission almost didn't begin on time however, as the team needed the required mail meters to sort the official mail.
"We were on pins and needles," said Meeks.
A mail meter is a large machine that rapidly sorts, weighs and processes postage for each piece of official mail.
"The machine does all the work for you," said Spc. Jacob Scruggs, the installation postal inspector and Alexandria, Va., native. "It takes a lot of the work off of the Soldier."
The meters made it just in time for the team to begin their mission of providing official mail for the post. The meters are a requirement to sort the mail. Without them, no one would receive their official mail.
"Womack Army Medical Center is our biggest customer," said Meeks. "We needed those meters."
The OMDC is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.