Holiday mailing date reminders issued

Wednesday , July 21, 2010 - 3:21 PM

Tech. Sgt. John Jung - 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- The U.S. Postal Service announced its recommended mailing dates for delivery by Christmas to U.S. military servicemembers serving overseas at APO/FPO addresses in Afghanistan.

Holiday mail send via First-Class Mail and Priority Mail for servicemembers stationed in Afghanistan should be sent by Dec. 4, for arrival by Christmas, according to Postal Service officials. The deadline for Parcel Airlift Mail is Dec. 1, Space Available Mail is Nov. 21, and Parcel Post is Nov. 13.

Express Mail cannot be used to mail packages to Afghanistan, however Priority Mail is available.

Priority Mail packaging products, including the Priority Mail Flat-Rate boxes can be obtained for free at any Post Office, or online at shop.usps.com. The Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box can be used to mail to any overseas military address, no matter the weight of the box, for $11.95.

The Postal Service offers free "Military Care Kits," designed for military families sending packages overseas. The mailing kits can be ordered by phone by calling 1 (800) 610-8734 and asking for the Military Care Kit. Each kit includes two "America Supports You" large Priority Mail Flat-Rate boxes, four medium-sized Priority Mail Flat-Rate boxes, six Priority Mail labels, one roll of Priority Mail tape and six customs forms with envelopes.

"All packages and mail must be addressed to the individual servicemember by name, without rank, in accordance with DoD regulations" said Master Sgt. Deb LaGrandQuintana, Official Mail Manager, 455th Expeditionary Communications Squadron.

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