Starting in early June mail began arriving by plane directly into Baghdad International Airport where it is sorted at a special processing center before being shipped out to 10 American different bases throughout the country where it is then handed out to the more than 160,000 American troops in Iraq.
Starting in June, the 461st Personnel Service Battalion out of Decatur, Ga., took over mail delivery duty. Hudson took his 246 troops assigned to the Joint Military Mail Terminal and moved them into an airport warehouse.
The troops cleared away an Iraqi storage facility, gutting the warehouse from top to bottom, and then converted it into a modern, although hardly high-tech mail sorting center to take on the mountain of backlogged mail and the additional 300,000 to 600,000 pounds of mail arriving daily.
According to CPT Patti, receiving packages in the mail is the biggest morale booster there is.
Wednesday, July 09, 2003
DETAILS ON THE IMPROVED MAIL SERVICE TO OUR TROOPS.