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Senior Airman John Misson handles mailbags at the Kadena Air Base terminal of Detachment 3, PACAF Air Postal Squadron. The detachment recently was named best aerial mail terminal in the Air Force.

Senior Airman John Misson handles mailbags at the Kadena Air Base terminal of Detachment 3, PACAF Air Postal Squadron. The detachment recently was named best aerial mail terminal in the Air Force. (David Allen / S&S)

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — This base is home to the best aerial mail terminal in the Air Force.

“We’re ecstatic!” Master Sgt. Roger Hall, detachment chief for Detachment 3, PACAF Air Postal Squadron, said Tuesday. “This is unprecedented for us, especially against such steep competition from the other mail terminals in the Air Force. It shows the quality of the people we have here.”

Besides being named the Air Force Communications and Information Outstanding Aerial Mail Terminal, the detachment also saw two of its workers receive individual awards. Seiji Minei was named the outstanding civilian technician and Senior Airman Marquia S. Rivera was cited as the Air Force’s outstanding postal service airman.

Hall and his crew of 25 military and 10 Japanese civilian workers move two to three tons of airmail every day.

Almost all of the military mail sent to Okinawa bases from the United States is handled through the detachment’s terminal at Naha International Airport, where it is separated and delivered either to the Marine Corps’ handling facility on Camp Kinser or the detachment’s Kadena terminal.

And once a week they do the same thing for space-available mail that arrives by ship.

Hall said his crew had a potluck lunch to celebrate the award.

“We would have done something more but we can’t afford to take a down day,” he said. “The mail has to move.”

Competition for the awards gets tougher every year, said Lt. Gen. Michael Peterson, chief of war-fighting integration and chief information officer for the office of the secretary of the Air Force.

Besides Hall’s detachment, several other Pacific Air Force units and individuals received Communications and Information honors, including:

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