CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo – The Camp Bondsteel post office has been steadily getting busier as packages arrive for Soldiers during the holiday season.
The Soldiers working there have their hands full as they unload trucks containing letters, cards and packages for the troops stationed at Camp Bondsteel and help Soldiers send gifts and packages back to their families.
The Soldiers from the 328th Postal Services Detachment work hard every day to ensure that the mail coming in and going out is being handled with care and that it is distributed as addressed. After a truck arrives with mail, the postal unit’s Soldiers unload and sort the mail. While doing so, they also look for damaged items.
Once the mail is sorted the mail orderlies for each unit at Camp Bondsteel pick up the mail for their respective units and let their sections know if they have mail.
“We average about 170 packages coming in daily,” said Sgt. 1st Class Yovanda Roberson, Odessa, Texas, postal services officer, 328th, Multinational Battle Group East, U.S. Army Reserve.
The mail trucks arrive in the morning with incoming mail and again later in the day to pick up outgoing mail. If for any reason mail has been delayed the second truck may also bring packages, said Roberson.
The busiest time to send mail to friends and family back home was from mid-November until early December, depending on whether the items are sent registered mail or “space available” mail.
The post office has three registers to receive mail to be sent out, said Roberson. This way, if it gets busy they can have up to three people working in that section.
The post office averages more than one hundred pieces of mail sent out weekly, said Roberson.
Even though the 328th doesn’t have a lot of manpower, with fewer than 10 Soldiers assigned, they can always call for assistance if needed.
“I have 12 unit mail rooms. I have the clerks come by on a daily basis to see if I need their assistance, for example, unloading and pitching mail,” said Roberson.
Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep the members of the 328th from serving the troops at Camp Bondsteel by helping them send things home, as well, as receive their care packages safe and sound.