Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Rebuilding Puerto Rico

The U.S. Postal Service is accepting requests from employees who want to volunteer to work in Puerto Rico to help restore service following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

If you wish to participate, you must submit a letter of intent no later than Friday, October 20. More information, including instructions on submitting letters of intent, are available in a memo posted on LiteBlue.

Career and non-career employees are needed. Those selected will work in their assigned crafts. To cite two examples, letter carriers will carry mail, while mail handlers will support processing activities.

The Postal Service won’t pay travel, housing or per diem. You’ll need to arrange your own accommodations with relatives who live in the area — and you’ll need to state this in your letter.

You’ll get your regular pay, plus overtime when applicable. 

Assignments will be made on a 30-day basis and evaluated at the end of each period to determine if the assignment should be renewed. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

APO/FPO/DPO Shipping Deadlines

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, but many people miss loved ones who are stationed overseas as military or diplomatic members. While the holidays are a hard time to be away from home, the U.S. Postal Service makes it a priority that those serving their country will receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holidays — no matter where they may be.  

To send packages to loved ones serving in the military and diplomatic posts abroad, the Postal Service offers a discounted price of $17.35 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box. The price includes a $1.50 per box discount for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide.

Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes are available at no cost at local Post Offices and online at shop.usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship at usps.com/ship.
To ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by December 25, the Postal Service recommends that cards and packages be sent to military APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas no later than the mailing dates listed below.


Military Mail Addressed 
To and From
Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS)1
First-Class Mail
Letters
and
Cards
Priority Mail
Parcel Airlift     Mail    (PAL)2
Space Available
Mail SAM)3
Retail Ground
APO/FPO/DPO AE                     ZIPs 090-092
Dec. 16
Dec. 11
Dec. 11
Dec. 4
Nov. 27
Nov. 6
APO/FPO/DPO AE                   ZIP 093
N/A
Dec. 4
Dec. 4
Dec. 4
Nov. 27
Nov. 6
APO/FPO/DPO AE                      ZIPs 094-098
Dec. 16
Dec. 11
Dec. 11
Dec. 4
Nov. 27
Nov. 6
APO/FPO/DPO AA                 ZIP 340
Dec. 16
Dec. 11
Dec. 11
Dec. 4
Nov. 27
Nov. 6
APO/FPO/DPO AP                ZIPs 962-966
Dec. 16
Dec. 11
Dec. 11
Dec. 4
Nov. 27
Nov. 6
 
1 PMEMS is available to selected military/diplomatic Post Offices. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service is available to an APO/FPO/DPO address. 2 PAL is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. PAL is available for Standard Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface price for each addressed piece sent by PAL service. 3 SAM parcels are paid at Standard Post prices with maximum weight and size limits of 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined. SAM parcels are first transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space-available basis.

Use the Military Care Kit to Send Presents and Care Packages

The Postal Service has created a free “Military Care Kit” based on the items most frequently requested by military families. The kit contains:

·  Two Priority Mail APO/FPO/DPO Flat Rate Boxes
·  Two Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Boxes
·  Priority Mail tape
·  Priority Mail address labels
·  Appropriate customs forms

To order the kit, call 800-610-8734. Guidelines for packing, addressing and shipping items to U.S. troops can be found at usps.com/ship/apo-fpo-dpo.htm. To order Flat-Rate Boxes featuring the “America Supports You” logo, go to usps.com/freeboxes.

Addressing the Package
·  Write the service member’s full name
·  Include the unit and APO/FPO/DPO address with the 9-digit ZIP Code (if one is assigned). For example:

Army/Air Post Office (APO)
PFC JANE DOE
PSC 3 BOX 4120
APO AE 09021


Fleet Post Office (FPO)
SEAMAN JOSEPH SMITH
UNIT 100100 BOX 4120
FPO AP 96691


Diplomatic Post Office (DPO)
MELANIE ADAMS
UNIT 8400 BOX 0000
DPO AE 09498-0048


·  Do not write the country name where the service member is stationed in the address
·  Include a return address
·  Inside the box, include the service member’s name and address as well as the sender’s name and address on an index card in case the shipping label gets damaged in transit

Domestic mailing deadlines are as follows: 

Standard Post
First-Class Mail
Priority Mail
Priority Mail Express
Dec. 14
Dec. 19
Dec. 20
Dec. 22

Hidden Memories

For nearly 20 years, Susan and John Greifer kept letters they found hidden behind the drywall of their Silver Spring, MD, home during a remodeling project.

The mailpieces came from Bill Stacy, an Army soldier who wrote to his family each week while serving in Vietnam during the war. The Stacys once lived in the house now occupied by the Griefers.

The letters chronicle Stacy’s experiences during the war, including his loneliness at Christmastime and his work in an orphanage he “adopted” in a nearby village.

“Good and bad, there are many aspects of this country and area of the world that Americans should be aware of,” wrote Stacy, who was killed in action at age 25.

The Greifers were reminded of the lost letters after watching the recent PBS documentary “The Vietnam War.”

They contacted Washington Post columnist John Kelly, who wrote a moving tribute to Stacy based on the letters and other items found behind the drywall, including photos and newspaper clippings.

Kelly also tracked down the soldier’s younger brother Art, who recalled the pain his parents felt when Bill was killed. Art Stacy doesn’t know how the letters ended up in the walls of his family’s old house.

“I doubt they were left there by accident,” he said. “It may be that Dad wanted to just leave it, to make [the painful memories] disappear.”

Source: LINK

Monday, October 16, 2017

Jupiter/Tequesta Has New Manager


Marlene Findlay (above) has been promoted to Manager, Customer Services for the Jupiter/Tequesta Branch.

Findlay started her postal career as a Mark Up Clerk in the Morgan Stanley Building in New York, NY in 1999.

Her excellent work ethic earned her an opportunity to become an Acting Supervisor in the Computerized Forwarding System (CFS) Unit.

Findlay continued to excel and was accepted into the Associate Supervisor Program (ASP) and in 2001, graduated as a Supervisor, Customer Services. She was assigned to the Ansonia and Columbus Circle Stations in Manhattan, NY.

Findlay led her units to raise over $60,000 by selling phone cards to be sent to our troops under a USPS  approved "Operation Phone Home" program and was recognized for her leadership and accomplishment.

In 2006, Findlay relocated to South Florida where she worked at several West Palm Beach stations. Last year, Findlay was nominated as the South Florida District’s “Engagement Leader of the Year.” South Florida District Manager Jeffery A. Taylor presented her with a crystal award for being the first “Engagement Leader of the Year.”

Earlier this year, Findlay accepted a detail assignment as the Manager, Customer Services at the Jupiter/Tequesta Branch, and on September 16, was promoted to this position.

Photo: West Palm Beach Customer Relations Coordinator Curlita Rogers-Saunders

Sunday, October 15, 2017

More Post-Hurricane Recognition

Thank you to Riviera Beach employees for their hurricane recovery efforts.

Palms West Branch employees appreciated being recognized for their dedication to West Palm Beach customers and to each other following the hurricane.

Photos: West Palm Beach Customer Relations Coordinator Curlita Rogers-Saunders

Saturday, October 14, 2017

WPB MO Passport Fair is Today!


Need a passport to complete your vacation plans? The West Palm Beach Main Office, located at 3200 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, is hosting a Passport Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  on Saturday, October 14. No appointments required.

U.S. citizens must present a valid Passport Book when entering or re-entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a Passport Book, Passport Card or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

How to Prepare for the Passport Application Process:
A completed application (form is available at usps.com/passport; but do not sign it until the passport clerk instructs you to do so).  

Remember that everyone, including newborn infants, is required to obtain a passport in his or her own name. For children under age 16, the consent of both parents/guardians is required. 

Proof of identity (a valid permanent state driver’s license, a government ID or military ID, previous passport, Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization Certificate)

Proof of U.S. citizenship (previous passport, original or certified birth certificate issued from the state with  a raised, embossed, impressed, or multi-colored seal and registrar’s signature and date of certificate filing)

Two official passport photos (available at the Passport Fair for $15)

Social Security Number

The U.S. Department of State fees vary according to age and type. The fee(s) must be made by money order, check, bank draft, or cashier’s check made payable to the U.S. Department of State; debit and credit card payment is not available. The Passport Book fee for under age 16 is $80; for age 16 and older is $110. The Passport Card fee for under age 16 is $15, and for age 16 and older is $30. In addition, all acceptance agencies, including the Postal Service, charge a processing fee of $25 per application. A debit or credit card may be used in addition to cash, money order, or check made payable to the Postal Service.

Alejandro is New Hialeah Postmaster

Hialeah Postmaster Alex Alejandro

Manager, Post Office Operations (MPOO) Area 7 Louis Klegin has announced the promotion of Alex Alejandro to Hialeah Postmaster. Prior to this promotion, Alejandro served as Manager, Customer Service Operations, Miami.             

As Postmaster, Alejandro is responsible for an annual operating budget of $31,382,649 million. He administratively is responsible for 344 employees who work at nine stations/branches/finance units. Hialeah has 185 city, rural and highway routes and 128,885 deliveries. In FY16, Hialeah generated $22,215,467 million (which includes $9,811,004 million retail) in revenue.

“I’m very pleased to lead our dedicated team of Hialeah employees,” said Alejandro. “We’ll work together to continue to provide outstanding service to our internal and external customers.”
    
Alejandro began his postal career as a Part-Time Flexible Distribution/Window Clerk in Hollywood, FL, in 1997. Two years later, he became a career Distribution Window/Clerk at the Pines Carrier Annex in Pembroke Pines, FL.  Shortly thereafter, Alejandro served as an Acting Supervisor, Customer Services at the Hollywood Post Office.

Throughout his career, Alejandro has been promoted to positions of increased responsibility, including Associate Supervisor, Customer Services, Hollywood Post Office; Supervisor, Customer Services, Olympia Heights Branch, Miami; Supervisor, Customer Services, Pines Carrier Annex, Pembroke Pines and Princeton Branch; and Manager, Customer Services, Flamingo Branch, Pembroke Pines.

Alejandro also served as Officer In Charge in Homestead and Opa-locka. He was detailed as Manager, Delivery and Customer Service Programs; Manager, Route Evaluation and Adjustment Center; Manager, Customer Service Operations, Hollywood; and Manager, Customer Services, Pines Carrier Annex, Pembroke Pines. Alejandro also managed several district delivery and route inspection teams.

“Alex has extensive postal knowledge and customer service experience which are assets to this position,” said Klegin. “Please join me in wishing him continued success in his career.”