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The flow of mail to military facilities in the Pacific is not being hindered by Middle East war operations.

Air Force Air Postal Squadron officials at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, are reporting no problems with movement of mail to bases in the Pacific region.

“Mail is moving normally, it’s business as usual,” said Capt. Heather Zwicker, a PACAF spokeswoman.

A Navy spokesman at Atsugi indicated the same.

“We have seen no slowdown to postal operations here. All services are continuing normally,” Brian Naranjo, an Atsugi Naval Air Facility spokesman, said.

That’s the same picture at Misawa Air Base in northern Japan, where mail deliveries are not affected by Operation Iraqi Freedom, said Capt. Miki Gilloon, a 35th Fighter Wing spokeswoman.

But deployment of some postal workers there has prompted a plea for volunteers to work at Misawa’s post office.

Gilloon said volunteers — active duty, dependents, spouses or civilians — are welcome to help out.

They can call Staff Sgt. Tesha Boyd at 226-3495, Gilloon said.

If there are hiccups with mail deliveries, it’s apparently on a case-by-case basis.

Edgren High School teacher Elizabeth Ballard said she purchases a bond every payday. Usually, they would arrive without fail the following Friday.

“Now I don’t know when to expect it,” she said. “However, in the course of world events, I find it a rather minor inconvenience. The people at the Misawa post office have always been very pleasant and eager to help.”

Staff Sgt. Tim Taylor of Misawa’s 35th Medical Group says getting a letter to his wife, Rica, a staff sergeant deployed to Saudi Arabia, varies from time to time.

“It’s touch and go,” he said. “Sometimes a letter gets to her in seven days, sometimes it takes two to three weeks.”

On Okinawa, Marine Corps spokeswoman 1st Lt. Amy Malugani said mail operations on the island are proceeding smoothly with no disruptions.

Lori Coakley, a spouse of a Marine at Camp Schwab, has seen the same services. Packages and everyday mail arrive in a timely manner.

“Online orders arrive in a week to two weeks. It’s the same as usual,” she said.

Marine Staff Sgt. Joe Aguilar of Camp Foster said his mail service is normal. He was carrying a few packages in his arm and referred to one.

“This package here was mailed on the 25th, I got it in six days,” he said Monday.

“That’s pretty good.”

Gregory Mackessy, director of Postal Operations for the U.S. Army in Korea, said service hasn’t been affected on the Korean peninsula.

“There has not been a slowdown” in mail operations, Mackessy said.

“Our mail comes in on designated commercial flights,” he said.

He also said mail personnel haven’t been deployed, so there are no reserve or volunteer personnel assisting postal services in South Korea.

However, well-wishers wanting to reach out to America’s fighting men and women in the Middle East are being asked to stow the stamps — for now, anyway.

Safety is being cited as the leading reason why only family members, a loved one or a personal friend are being allowed to send letters or packages to troops fighting the war in Iraq.

David Allen and Carlos Bongioanni contributed to this report.


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