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Military mail officials at the U.S. European Command have announced mailing deadlines for those wishing to have their holiday gifts arrive in the States on time.

Packages sent via space-available mail, which is slower and normally trucked across the States, should be sent no later than Nov. 18.

Those being sent partial airlift should be mailed no later than Dec. 2.

Priority parcels and first-class letter should be mailed no later than Dec. 9, and Express Mail no later than Dec. 21, officials said.

In order to spread message, the Operations and Postal Services Division of the Army’s 1st Personnel Command distributed about 500 colorful holiday-themed posters to the four European postal companies advertising the holiday mailing deadlines, said John Sanderlin, with the postal operations directorate at 1st PERSCOM.

Officials set the deadlines after discussions with service representatives to determine availability of personnel, airlines, weather predictions and what the average mailing time has been in the past, he said.

For more information on mailing restrictions, package sizes and rates, check with local postal operations representatives.

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