Mailing Deadlines for Delivering Holiday Cheer to Service Members Worldwide

WASHINGTON — Ensuring those serving in the nation’s armed forces and diplomatic service receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holidays is a priority for the U.S. Postal Service and for friends and family members of military and diplomatic personnel serving around the world.

To send packages to loved ones serving in the military abroad, the Postal Service offers a discount on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box at $13.80 (online) and $15.90 (retail). The price includes a $2 per box discount for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide.

Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are available at no cost at local Post Offices and online at Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship at

To ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that cards and packages be sent to military APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas no later than the mailing dates listed below.
1 PMEMS is available to selected military/diplomatic Post Offices. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service is available to an APO/FPO/DPO address.

2 PAL is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. PAL is available for Standard Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface price for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.

3 SAM parcels are paid at Standard Post prices with maximum weight and size limits of 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined. SAM parcels are first transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space-available basis.

Complete mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic and international services, as well as additional tips and guidelines, can be found here .

Addressing the Package

  • Write out the service member’s full name in the address.
  • Include the unit and APO/FPO/DPO address with the 9-digit ZIP Code (if one is assigned). For example:

Army/Air Post Office (APO)

PSC 3 BOX 4120
APO AE 09021

Fleet Post Office (FPO)

UNIT 100100 BOX 4120
FPO AP 96691

Diplomatic Post Office (DPO)

UNIT 8400 BOX 0000
DPO AE 09498-0048

  1. Do not write the country name where the service member is stationed in the address.
  2. Include a return address.
  3. Include the service member’s name and address as well as the sender’s name and address on an index card inside the package in case the shipping label gets damaged in transit.

Domestic mailing deadlines are as follows:

  • Standard Post: December 15
  • First-Class Mail: December 19
  • Priority Mail: December 21
  • Priority Mail Express: December 23

Source: Delivering holiday cheer to service members worldwide

How to Shine While You Dine – Thursday, November 19

HeartBeat_2015-11_400As we approach the holiday season, distinguished visitors will soon arrive for dinner socials and annual awards banquets. Airman and Family Readiness has teamed up with wing leadership, Protocol and Honor Guard to offer tips on etiquette for military functions. There will be two opportunities on Thursday, November 19th at 11:00 AM and 5:30 PM at the Balfour Beatty Community Center. These events are open to Active Duty, their spouses, NAF and DoD civilians.

Please call 385-4663, to reserve a seat at either session.

Holiday Hustle Hangar Games – Saturday, November 14

2015_11_400Join us for our final Hangar Games on Saturday, November 14th at the Pride Hanger from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

Come learn about the ups and downs of starting a small business from others that have started their own business. We will have activities for all ages to include: turkey bowling, bouncy castles, balloon artist, photo booth, rock climbing wall, fitness demonstrations, disc jockey and more. LRSVehicleInsp_400

Additionally, the 28 LRS Vehicle Operations Shop will be offering FREE vehicle readiness inspections of your privately owned vehicle.

The 28 BW Safety Office will also have winter safety and survival information available during the event.


T-Mobile, Experian Data Breach Exposes Personal Info For 15M Consumers

TMobileExperianBreachHackers have reportedly stolen personal information for around 15 million consumers from a database of T-Mobile customers and applicants that was held by Experian. The compromised data comes from anyone who applied for a T-Mobile account after Sept. 1, 2013 and before Sept. 16, 2015.

Anyone who applied for a new contract or financed a phone through T-Mobile in the last two years should keep a vigilant eye on their bank and card accounts.

Read the full article for details on

Visit our Identity Theft page for ways to protect yourself and your family members.