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Postal platoon

Soldiers deploy to deliver mail

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First Lt. Shenicquia Fulton, the 259th Human Resources Company’s postal platoon leader, stands in front of her troops during the recent deployment ceremony at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.

After months of training, the postal platoon from the Army’s 259th Human Resources Company, 25th Sustainment Brigade, has sprung into action.

Their mission: to deliver the mail.

The soldiers recently began a nine-month deployment to the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility, a 20-nation region that stretches across the Middle East to Central Asia and South Asia.

While deployed, the postal platoon is delivering thousands of pounds of mail through eight Army Post Offices across three regional commands.

To prepare, the soldiers participated in postal operations exercises, a supervisor course and on-the-job training. They also spent many hours in field exercises that focused on combat readiness.

“Over these past 10 months, as training and deployment preparations went into full swing, these soldiers have worked hard and become a tight-knit group because of it,” Lt. Col. Michael Meumann, brigade commander, said at the deployment ceremony in Hawaii.

The soldiers are among the many members of the armed forces whose contributions are being recognized in May, which is Military Appreciation Month.

The deployment ceremony, which was covered by the military news site DVIDS, also featured memorable words from Postmaster General Frank Walker, who served during World War II:

“It is almost impossible to over-stress the importance of mail. It is so essential to morale that Army and Navy officers of the highest ranks list mail almost on a level with munitions and food.”

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