FLFCU, USPS deliver post office to East Fort Bliss
Sgt. Robert Larson,
24th Press Camp Headquarters:
As Fort Bliss grows, so do the needs of its Soldiers. With many of the services located at historic West Fort Bliss, and most of the Soldiers housed or working in the newer East Fort Bliss areas, many do not have time to run errands during the duty day without taking up a significant amount of time.
On Sept. 6, the United States Postal Service, FirstLight Federal Credit Union and Fort Bliss held the grand opening for a new contract postal office at East Fort Bliss. The new post office will provide full services to Soldiers, their families and the general public.
“There is a long-standing partnership between us, Fort Bliss and our troops,” said Karl Murphy, president and CEO of FirstLight. “We are proud to offer this service to them.”
The new office is located in the heart of East Fort Bliss, the area of Fort Bliss that has seen the most growth in the past several years. The original post office at West Fort Bliss is too distant for Soldiers stationed at East Fort Bliss to get to during duty hours. The new office will help alleviate this problem.
FirstLight provided the office space and personnel for the new post office, while the USPS provided the equipment, supplies and training. The office will offer basic postal services such as selling stamps, processing domestic and international mail and offering various other products.
JoAnne Feindt, southern area vice president for the USPS, was on hand for the opening. She said the USPS was here to help the Soldiers of Fort Bliss with their postal needs.
“We want to be convenient and offer our services where our customers are, when they want it and when they need it, so this office is very important to us,” said Feindt.
With the fall and winter holidays approaching, Feindt said opening the contract postal office will allow them to establish a baseline of the products and services customers will need.
According to Margitta Van Wijk, branch manager for the East Bliss FirstLight branch, they are averaging about eight to 10 Soldiers a day using the new postal services. She said it is hoped the increase in foot traffic coming to the CPO will also help increase the business at FirstLight.
“We want to do our part for the Soldiers, get them in here to take care of their postal services and let them know that FirstLight is here to assist them any way we can,” Van Wijk said.
Col. Brant V. Dayley, Fort Bliss garrison commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Philip Pandy, garrison command sergeant major, were present for the ribbon cutting and both praised the continued partnership with both the USPS and FirstLight.
“Mail services are very important to us,” said Dayley. “They are vital to keep in touch with family and friends who support us while we are deployed.”
The new CPO has been open since Aug. 1, with normal hours of operation Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The office is located inside FLFCU at 20727 Constitution Ave.
With growth comes demand for new services. The need for expanded postal services at East Fort Bliss was apparent. The United States Postal Service, FirstLight Federal Credit Union and Fort Bliss worked together to give customers a service they needed, right before the holiday season.
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