"Uniform 4" redeploys in time for the holidays
By: 1st Lt. Erik C. Larson
Twenty Soldiers assigned to the 4th Platoon, 22nd Human Resources Company,
593rd Special Troops Battalion, 593rd Sustainment Brigade, met the smiling
faces and warm embraces of family members and friends during a welcome home
ceremony, Dec. 9 on Lewis-North, Wash., following a yearlong deployment full
of accomplishments.
The platoon was tasked with conducting prograde (outbound from the U.S.)
and retrograde (inbound to the U.S.) postal
operations at nine Satellite Army Post Offices located throughout RC-South
and RC-West, Afghanistan. Throughout the past year, the platoon's main focus
was improving operations at each of their locations. This resulted in new
permanent postal facilities for Forward Operating Bases Spin Boldak,
Wolverine and Pasab.
Additionally, an entirely new post office was built to support the service
members and civilians stationed at FOB Walton.
Overall, the Soldiers of 4th Platoon processed 5.5 million pounds of
prograde mail and 1.8 million pounds of retrograde mail throughout the
course of their deployment.
Beyond improving facilities, the Soldiers of 4th Platoon improved operations
by transitioning seven Satellite Army Post Offices from cash-only operations
to Eagle Cash-only operations. This change alone reduced the amount of cash
on the battlefield by $800,000 per year.
The Soldiers of 4th Platoon successfully transitioned five postal
facilities in RC-South, Afghanistan from military-run operations to
contracted operations.