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Legionnaire mail representatives work to ensure strong morale

2nd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs

Published: 02:44PM September 6th, 2012
Legionnaire mail representatives work to ensure strong morale

Sgt. Ryan Hohman

Soldiers with the 2-1 Inf. help sort mail at the District Police Center-Argandab, Afghanistan, Aug. 12.

KANDAHAR,Afghanistan — Legionnaires with the personnel office of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division work hard to ensure the quick delivery of mail to Soldiers with the Combined Task Force Legion in southern Afghanistan.

The CTF Legion deployed to the Arghandab District in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan with the 2nd Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in late spring.

The mail provides Soldiers a taste of home, and every time mail is delivered to the drop point the Soldiers gather around eagerly awaiting their packages.

“I am always exited (when I open packages) because I always know there is something good inside,” said Sgt. Michael Piotrowski, an intelligence analyst with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-1 Inf.

The CTF Legion receives more than 1,000 letters and packages a week, which bring a wide range of goods from Soldiers’ loved ones back home.

“It is almost like Christmas when we come,” 2-1 Inf. Personnel Officer 1st Lt. Eric Antinucci, said. “Soldiers are always exited to receive mail because it is one of the few things they can receive from their love ones back in the states.”

The first stop for the mail is Forward Operating Base Walton, Afghanistan, where it is sorted by the 2nd Brigade Support Battalion and then moved out to the individual locations.

“I like going out on the convoys because we get to see how much it really means to the Soldiers, whether they are getting a letter or package from their wife, mother, brother or sister; it is amazing to see how one package improves their morale,” Antinucci said.

The delivery of mail plays an important role in keeping the morale high for deployed Soldiers.

“Mail is very important because it is a big morale booster,” Piotrowski said. “Guys are pretty quick to complain if the mail takes too long.”

Each unit mail representative makes it their No. 1 priority to ensure each soldier receives their mail in a timely manner.

“We always do our due diligence and ensure that, even if the packages are not addressed correctly, that we get the packages to that Soldier as quickly as possible,” Antinucci said. “We know how important it is to their morale.”