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Amanda L. Larson and son, Max, 5, giggle together as Spc. Annelise M. Brooks, a native of Fairfield, Conn., now a finance clerk assigned to the 22nd Human Resources Company, 593rd Special Troops Battalion, 593rd Sustainment Brigade, processes Larson's transaction following the grand opening of the brigade's post office on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Dec. 1, 2011.  The post office is only the second opened in the continental United States that is run entirely by Soldiers.  Larson, who is a family readiness group leader for the 22nd HRC, and the wife of the company executive officer 1st Lt. Erik C. Larson, was one of the first customers. She sent a care package to 593rd Sust. Bde. Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. Kendra McCurdy)

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    111202-A-4892M-001 Amanda L. Larson and son, Max, 5, giggle together as Spc. Annelise M. Brooks, a native of Fairfield, Conn., now a finance clerk assigned to the 22nd Human Resources Company, 593rd Special Troops Battalion, 593rd Sustainment Brigade...

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Amanda L. Larson gets a kiss from son, Max, 5, as Spc. Annelise M. Brooks, a native of Fairfield, Conn., now a finance clerk assigned to the 22nd Human Resources Company, 593rd Special Troops Battalion, 593rd Sustainment Brigade, completes Larson's transaction following the grand opening of the brigade's post office on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Dec. 1, 2011.  The post office is only the second opened in the continental United States that is run entirely by Soldiers.  Larson, who is a family readiness group leader for the 22nd HRC, and the wife of the company executive officer 1st Lt. Erik C. Larson, was one of the first customers and sent a care package to 593rd Sust. Bde. Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. Kendra McCurdy)

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    111202-A-4892M-011 Amanda L. Larson gets a kiss from son, Max, 5, as Spc. Annelise M. Brooks, a native of Fairfield, Conn., now a finance clerk assigned to the 22nd Human Resources Company, 593rd Special Troops Battalion, 593rd Sustainment Brigade...

  • Chaplain (Capt.) Somya Malasri, the chaplain for the 593rd Special Troops Battalion, 593rd Sustainment Brigade, prepares to mail two boxes following the grand opening of the brigade's post office on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Dec. 1, 2011. The post office is only the second opened in the continental United States that is run entirely by Soldiers.  Malasri was one of the very first customers in line to mail his care packages to fellow 593rd Sust. Bde. Soldiers deployed overseas. He said he wanted to help with the morale of the Soldiers who have to spend the holidays away from their families. (Photo by Sgt. Kendra McCurdy)

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    Chaplain (Capt.) Somya Malasri, the chaplain for the 593rd Special Troops Battalion, 593rd Sustainment Brigade, prepares to mail two boxes following the grand opening of the brigade's post office on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Dec. 1, 2011. The...

  • Spc. Dion R. Boykin, a native of Little Rock, Ark., now a finance clerk assigned to the 22nd Human Resources Company, 593rd Special Troops Battalion, 593rd Sustainment Brigade, processes Chaplain (Capt.) Somya Malasri's transaction following the grand opening of the brigade's post office on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Dec. 1, 2011.  Malasri was one of the very first customers in line to mail his care packages to fellow 593rd Sust. Bde. Soldiers deployed overseas. He said he wanted to help with the morale of the Soldiers who have to spend the holidays away from their families.   The post office is only the second opened in the continental United States that is run entirely by Soldiers.  (Photo by Sgt. Kendra McCurdy)

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    Spc. Dion R. Boykin, a native of Little Rock, Ark., now a finance clerk assigned to the 22nd Human Resources Company, 593rd Special Troops Battalion, 593rd Sustainment Brigade, processes Chaplain (Capt.) Somya Malasri's transaction following the grand...

  • A banner marks the grand opening of the 593rd Sustainment Brigade's post office on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Dec. 1, 2011. The post office is only the second opened in the continental United States that is run entirely by Soldiers.  Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday: 1p.m. to 3 p.m. (Closed on holidays and days of no scheduled activity).  Services offered include priority and regular shipping, and stamp and money order sales. (Photo by Sgt. Kendra McCurdy)

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    A banner marks the grand opening of the 593rd Sustainment Brigade's post office on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Dec. 1, 2011. The post office is only the second opened in the continental United States that is run entirely by Soldiers. Hours of...

  • Amanda L. Larson and with the help of her son, Max, 5, fills out a delivery form just before the grand opening of the 593rd Sustainment Brigade's post office on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Dec. 1, 2011.  The post office is only the second opened in the continental United States that is run entirely by Soldiers.  Larson, who is a family readiness group leader for the 22nd Human Resources Company, and the wife of the company executive officer 1st Lt. Erik C. Larson, was one of the first customers and sent a care package to 593rd Sust. Bde. Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. Kendra McCurdy)

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    Amanda L. Larson and with the help of her son, Max, 5, fills out a delivery form just before the grand opening of the 593rd Sustainment Brigade's post office on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Dec. 1, 2011. The post office is only the second opened...

  • Chaplain (Capt.) Somya Malasri, the chaplain for the 593rd Special Troops Battalion, 593rd Sustainment Brigade, prepares to mail two boxes following the grand opening of the brigade's post office on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Dec. 1, 2011. The post office is only the second opened in the continental United States that is run entirely by Soldiers.  Malasri was one of the very first customers in line to mail his care packages to fellow 593rd Sust. Bde. Soldiers deployed overseas. He said he wanted to help with the morale of the Soldiers who have to spend the holidays away from their families. (Photo by Sgt. Kendra McCurdy)

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    Chaplain (Capt.) Somya Malasri, the chaplain for the 593rd Special Troops Battalion, 593rd Sustainment Brigade, prepares to mail two boxes following the grand opening of the brigade's post office on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Dec. 1, 2011. The...

  • Spc. Annelise M. Brooks, a native of Fairfield, Conn., now a finance clerk assigned to the 22nd Human Resources Company, 593rd Special Troops Battalion, 593rd Sustainment Brigade, counts stamps during a transaction following the grand opening of the brigade's post office on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Dec. 1, 2011.  The post office is only the second opened in the continental United States that is run entirely by Soldiers.  Services offered include priority and regular shipping, and stamp and money order sales.  (Photo by Sgt. Kendra McCurdy

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    Spc. Annelise M. Brooks, a native of Fairfield, Conn., now a finance clerk assigned to the 22nd Human Resources Company, 593rd Special Troops Battalion, 593rd Sustainment Brigade, counts stamps during a transaction following the grand opening of the...

593rd Sust. Bde. opens post office
Story and photos by Sgt. Kendra McCurdy
Lt. Col. Doug LeVien and Maj. Kenneth A. Willeford, commanders of the 593rd Special Troops Battalion and the 22nd Human Resources Company respectively, cut the ribbon, ceremoniously opening the 593rd Sustainment Brigade's post office Dec. 1, 2011 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
The post office is run entirely by Soldiers--one of only two of its kind currently operating in the continental United States.
"The driving factor behind the opening of the North Fort post office is the growing population on JBLM," said 1st Lt. Todd M. Akroyd, the officer-in-charge for the post office.
The post office will "lighten the work load from the already busy main post office," said LeVien. And just in time for the Christmas season, he pointed out.
The grand opening was the capstone of eight months of hard work and planning. The other Army post office, located at Fort Bragg, N.C., took more than two years to open, said Akroyd.
The facilities had to meet certain requirements. For example, since the post office handles cash and valuable items like money orders, the building had to be locked and secured to higher standards.
Members of the postal team have completed training on the Integrated Retail Terminal (IRT), which weighs mail, calculates postage due, prints postage and calculates monetary transactions. Additionally, the Soldiers who work in the post office were trained in how to properly track accountable mail such as certified mail, said Akroyd.
A small group of Soldiers traveled to Fort Bragg, N.C., and to Marine Corps Camp Pendleton, Calif., to observe postal operations at both locations. The Marine Corps currently trains Marines as postal clerks and runs its own post offices.
The Army is a little different, said Akroyd. Instead of training Soldiers specifically for mail handling, it offers the position and training opportunities as specific skill associated with the military occupational specialty Human Resources Clerk.
Human resources specialists learn a variety of skills at their advanced individual training including a brief introduction to postal operations. Some of them may not undergo any additional training prior to deploying to a post office overseas. The North Fort post office affords these Soldiers the added benefit of hands-on training and familiarization in the garrison environment before deploying, or before going to school to earn the postal operations skill identifier.
Soldiers will be able to practice customer service skills, various methods of mailing letters and packages, and balancing a cash drawer.
JBLM is the largest Army installation in the Western U.S. Its population has nearly doubled in the last few years said LeVien. However, the main post office has not expanded until now. The 593rd Sust. Bde.'s post office will operate as a satellite branch of the main office. It is located in building 12324 on 18th Street near the intersection of 19th Street and 32nd Division Drive on JBLM-North.
The post office is open to anyone on JBLM. Services offered include: sale of stamps and money orders, priority, express and accountable mail. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday: 1p.m. to 3 p.m.
At this time the post office will not accept checks as a form of payment.

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