It’s mail time!

Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The post offices around the KMC play a vital role in linking Airmen to their family and friends. During the holiday season, the rush of mail was at its highest. To help alleviate the pressure of the holiday mail rush, the post offices looked for extra volunteers.

“It’s nice to be able to help out during this (holiday) season, since they are so busy,” said volunteer Megan Detroye. “This is probably the most fun volunteer job I’ve ever done.”

The Airmen of the Ramstein Northside Post Office know that handling twice the normal amount of trucks might appear to be a daunting task. However, with the help of volunteers and the hard-working Airmen of the 86th Communications Squadron, the holiday mail and packages still arrived on time.

“Volunteering is incredibly important. It relieves a lot of stress and eases out the process for the workers and customers,” said Senior Airman Jonathan Lee, 86th CS postal specialist. “We can never have too many volunteers. During the holidays when the workload is higher we always catch ourselves hoping for more volunteers.”

Lee said the volume of mail coming in and going out was four to five times higher than any other month he has seen.

Senior Airman Nickeem Coleman, 86th CS postal specialist, put the amount of mail seen per day into perspective.

“We receive two shipments a day during the holidays,” Coleman said. “Each of these shipments contain about 10,000 pounds.”

Coleman and Lee both agreed that working during the holidays can be tough, however their mission of bridging the gap between Airmen and families is of utmost importance.

For more information about volunteering and the post office, call 480-7857 or 06371-47-7857.