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October 14, 2011

Armywide News

Holiday mailing deadlines announced

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Human Resources Command Public Affairs) — The United States Postal Service and Military Postal Service Agency have released deadlines to ensure packages arrive to Military and State Department post offices overseas by Dec. 25.

Deadlines to ensure arrival by Dec. 25 are Nov. 12 for parcel post mail; Nov. 26 for space-available mail; Dec. 3 for parcel airlift mail; Dec. 10 for priority mail and first-class mail, letters and cards; and Dec. 17 for express mail military service.

The Military Postal Service Agency highly encourages customers to mail packages before — or no later than on — the dates for the specific mail category in order to avoid unplanned transportation delays.

The Military Postal Service provides mail service around the world to Department of Defense and most Department of State locations. Mail is moved on commercial and military aircraft and commercial sealift vessels to nearly 2,000 military post offices located in more than 85 countries.

Not all military or State Department post offices are eligible for Express Mail Military Service, therefore, customers should plan accordingly.

The Adjutant General of the Army, located at the Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Ky., is the Executive Director of the Military Postal Service Agency.

For information on mailing deadlines and restrictions, e-mail the Military Postal Service at: MPSA-TR@conus.army.mil. For general mailing information, visit the agency’s website at http://hqdainet.army.mil/mpsa/.

People can mail cards and packages overseas to meet the holiday mailing deadlines at the Fort McCoy Contract Postal Office or Shipping Center in building 1649. The Postal Office is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays and sells stamps and envelopes for patrons paying by cash or check.

The Shipping Center, which is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, also offers FedEx and sells boxes to ship packages. Employees can provide limited packaging and wrapping help. Payment is accepted by major credit and debit cards, cash and checks.

Postal Office/Shipping Center personnel can answer questions about sending letters/packages to overseas or military addresses. For more information, call 608-269-6969.

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