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Citizen Aileen

Michigan employee achieves longtime goal

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Mail Handler Aileen Herman and co-workers celebrate her citizenship during a recent potluck held in her honor at the Traverse City, MI, Processing and Distribution Facility. From left are Distribution Operations Manager Bill Irvine, Herman, Plant Manager Pam Bronson and Mail Handler Wes Goldman.

Aileen Herman has reason to celebrate these days.

The Traverse City, MI, mail handler, who was born in the Philippines, recently achieved a long-held goal: She was sworn in as a U.S. citizen.

Hired as a non-career mail handler assistant in 2012, Herman was promoted to career status two years later.

In 2016, she set her sights on becoming a U.S. citizen. She often used her break time to study for the citizenship test.

Herman and her husband Ron, an electronics technician at the Traverse City Processing and Distribution Facility, have two children. She also supports family members in the Philippines.

“Working for the Postal Service helps me in supporting them, and this is what makes me the happiest,” Herman said.

Herman’s co-workers cheered her on throughout her efforts to become a citizen and even held a potluck in her honor to celebrate her achievement.

“This is a momentous accomplishment,” said Distribution Operations Supervisor Jennifer Campagne.

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