NAVSUP FLC NORFOLK Regional Navy Mail Center Trains Independent Duty Postal Clerks

BY TOM KREIDEL, OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATION,
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER NORFOLK

NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk Regional Navy Mail Center hosted an independent duty postal clerk class May 1-12.

According to Regional Navy Mail Center Deputy Director Vic Gonzalez, the class hosted 23 logistics specialists who were in transit to ships and shore commands throughout the Navy. The participants earned the 3001 Navy Enlisted Classification. “The postal petty officer (PPO) must be prepared to deal with any postal issues they encounter during day-to-day operations,” said Gonzalez. “The knowledge they obtain could have a positive or negative effect in whether the crew gets mail on time or mail gets dispatched in a timely manner.”

He added that the PPO, not only deal with the crew’s personal mail, but also official mail that could affect things like the receipt of mission critical items, advancement exams, and fitness reports and evaluations. Instructors stress accountability to the students, reminding them that the Regional Navy Mail Center is there to help them with any challenges.

“Just like all supply ratings, the postal petty officer has a huge impact on command morale,” said Gonzalez.

He added that the major parts of the class included mail routing instructions, postal offenses, postage meters, customs, and a host of other job requirements for PPOs in the fleet.

September/October 2017