By Tom Kreidel, NAVSUP FLC Norfolk Director, Corporate Communications
The Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk Regional Navy Mail Center (RNMC) had a busy 2017, a year that saw them handle more than 5.5 million pounds of mail for afloat and shore commands up and down the east coast in its area of responsibility (AOR).
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LSSN Dorean Sirmones turns over the last of the mail for follow-on delivery to USS Kearsage, USS Oak Hill, and USS Wasp. Sirmones and the postal operations team loaded more than 700 pounds of mail total to ensure mail was delivered without delay to the three underway ships.
According to RNMC Director Jeff Gibbs, the team of Sailors, civilian personnel, and contractors, provide all facets of mailing and shipping services for fleet and shore customers from the Hampton Roads region of Virginia to Navy facilities located in Great Lakes, Illinois; Crane, Indiana; Philadelphia and Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania; Saratoga Springs, New York; Earle, New Jersey; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Groton, Connecticut; and Newport, Rhode Island.
“We provide cradle to grave mail service throughout our AOR,” Gibbs added. He went on to explain the RNMC operates the Atlantic Fleet Postal Finance Office (PFO); provides for pier side delivery and pick-up services on the Norfolk Naval Station; processes mail for shipment via the Air Mobility Command to overseas destinations; and manages the postage expenses and issuance of postage meters and postal supplies for mail processing for ships while deployed.
“Mail is now and always will be a huge morale booster for personnel serving far from home,” Gibbs said. “Each and every one of our team knows that the job they do is necessary in supporting the mission of our warfighters.”
In addition to mail services, RNMC Norfolk also provides multiple postal training events to all branches of the Armed Forces, to include mail orderly training, official mail manager certification training, postal officer qualification training, and many others.
“Training of current and newly reporting personnel is an ongoing effort to assure all aspects of our one stop postal shop mission can be met,” he added. “We are constantly working to qualify our personnel through use of individual Job Qualification Requirements (JQR), keeping them up to date with all new requirements and mission changes are essential to continued success.”
RNMC also administers the U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) Postal Advisor (PA) program for all Atlantic fleet ships and overseas postal units.
Postal Advisors are senior enlisted or civilians responsible for providing assistance, guidance, technical training assessments and inspections for Military Post Offices (MPOs), Mail Address Only (MAO) commands, and mailrooms afloat and ashore. PA’s conduct investigations or assist, as appropriate, U.S. postal inspectors, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and Judge Advocate General investigators researching irregularities regarding postal funds, mail, and administrative procedures.
Overall, the RNMC postal team processed more than 950,000 individual pieces of mail in 2017, with more than half of it coming during the busy holiday season. RNMC also supported nine carrier and expeditionary strike group exercises through refueling at sea and aviation support, which also included mail services for deployed units in support of hurricane relief efforts.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our team, a truly diverse group of military, civilian and contractor support that have ensured mission success in support of our customers in 2017 despite increasing workloads and manning challenges,” Gibbs concluded.