Holiday Mail - NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka Sailors Help Kindergarteners Post Letters
YOKOSUKA, Japan – “The mailman Sailor helped me send my letter,” said Claudia, a 5-year old Sullivan’s Elementary School student, while leaving the Military Post Office on board Yokosuka Naval Base Nov. 30. “They are so so so nice.”
She’s talking about a recent field trip made by every kindergarten student at her school.
The students were told by their teachers that they would participate in a walking field trip to see how people work in the local community and while at the post office they would be able to mail a letter to Santa or a family member such as grandma, grandpa, mom or dad.
“We tackled the lesson on community helpers,” said Dana Tanio, a kindergarten teacher at the Sullivans Elementary School. “Pointing out the different helpers that they meet every day like the custodians, the waiters and waitresses at the restaurants, the fire fighters, the military police and of course the post office personnel.”
When the students arrived they were greeted with traditional Christmas carols performed by the 7th Fleet Band and given a lesson on how a letter travels to the post office from anywhere in the world and into their parent’s mailbox.
“They children were able to see first-hand the process of mailing a letter,” said David Carrano, a kindergarten teacher at the Sullivans Elementary School. “The staff of the post office provided the students with information about how the Sailors in our community get their mail delivered to them and how much work it takes.”
All U.S. Navy Post Offices in the Far East are operated by Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka Sailors who enjoyed sharing what they do with the young community members.
“It was a fun time and the whole post office team was elated helping the kids and seeing how excited they were to see what we do,” said Chief Logistics Specialist Anthony Michalski, NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, Post Office leading chief petty officer. “My Sailors enjoyed the opportunity to spend some time educating the kids on what we do here at the Yokosuka Post Office.”
A surprise visitor from the North Pole dressed all in red also dropped in to say hi to the students as well as help the Sailors hand out candy canes to them.
“The students absolutely enjoyed seeing Santa and being able to mail their letters off to him,” said Carrano. “The post office was a fantastic experience for our students and we look forward to doing it again next year.”
The kids had fun and the Sailors at the post office did a super job, added Tanio.
“Thank you so much for accommodating and allowing the kids to stamp their card and mail it to their family,” Tanio said.
“Can I go back to the mail place,” said Claudia with a big smile and a candy cane firmly held in her right hand.
Of course the answer will always be yes, to all of Yokosuka’s community members wishing to mail any letters or packages this holiday season.
Providing the best possible postal services in support of 7th and 5th Fleet, 18 Forward Deployed Naval Force (FDNF) ships, 30,000 military and civilian personnel and all mobile units operating in the Asia Pacific area of responsibility is an enormous task that NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka personnel will continue to deliver on daily.
NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka, one of eight fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP Global Logistics Support (GLS), is the Western Pacific region's largest U.S. Navy logistics command, headquartered just 26 miles due south of Tokyo, the enterprise networks more than 20 sites from Misawa, Japan, to Sydney, Australia; Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to Guam with a mission to serve the Asia Pacific Region’s forward deployed maritime warfighter with around-the-clock logistics support.
The NAVSUP and Navy Supply Corps team as a whole shares one mission -- to deliver sustained global logistics and quality-of-life support to the Navy and joint warfighter. NAVSUP/Navy Supply Corps' diverse team of more than 25,000 civilian and military personnel oversee a diverse portfolio including supply chain management for material support to Navy, Marine Corps, joint and coalition partners, supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, security assistance, and quality-of-life issues for our naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods. The NAVSUP/Navy Supply Corps team forms a vast network of professionals who deliver unparalleled products and services to customers in the fleet and across the world.
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