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Going postal: Ramstein receives automatic mail sorter

The 786th Force Support Squadron unveiled its new automatic mail sorter at the Northside Post Office at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 16.
Leadership from the 786th FSS and 86th Airlift Wing took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony introducing the new equipment.

Leadership from the 786th Force Support Squadron and 86th Airlift Wing take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Northside Post Office’s new automatic mail sorter at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 16, 2020. The new sorter was purchased with Squadron Innovation Funds, which are Air Force funds used for Airmen-led innovations to increase readiness, reduce cost, return time to Airmen or enhance lethality of the force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kirby Turbak)

The 786th Force Support Squadron unveiled its new automatic mail sorter at the Northside Post Office at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 16.
Leadership from the 786th FSS and 86th Airlift Wing took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony introducing the new equipment.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Darren Hinds-Webster, 786th Force Support Squadron assistant postmaster, and Airman 1st Class Amelia Cutchlow, 786th FSS military postal clerk, learn how to use the Northside Post Office’s new automatic mail sorter at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 9, 2020. The machine will reduce the time needed to sort mail from 30,000 hours a year to 800 hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kirby Turbak)

The 786th Force Support Squadron unveiled its new automatic mail sorter at the Northside Post Office at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 16.
Leadership from the 786th FSS and 86th Airlift Wing took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony introducing the new equipment.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Amelia Cutchlow, 786th Force Support Squadron military postal clerk, loads mail into the Northside Post Office’s new automatic mail sorter at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 9, 2020. The new sorter was purchased with Squadron Innovation Funds, which are Air Force funds used for Airmen-led innovations to increase readiness, reduce cost, return time to Airmen or enhance lethality of the force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kirby Turbak)

The 786th Force Support Squadron unveiled its new automatic mail sorter at the Northside Post Office at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 16.
Leadership from the 786th FSS and 86th Airlift Wing took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony introducing the new equipment.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Darren Hinds-Webster, 786th Force Support Squadron assistant postmaster, removes mail from the Northside Post Office’s new automatic mail sorter at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 9, 2020. This new and efficient equipment will allow postal Airmen to work on other tasks like helping customers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kirby Turbak)

The 786th Force Support Squadron unveiled its new automatic mail sorter at the Northside Post Office at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 16.
Leadership from the 786th FSS and 86th Airlift Wing took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony introducing the new equipment.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Joshua McMillan, 786th Force Support Squadron postmaster, places sorted mail into a bin at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 9, 2020. The 786th FSS used Squadron Innovation Funds to purchase a new automated mail sorter at the Northside Post Office. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kirby Turbak)

The 786th Force Support Squadron unveiled its new automatic mail sorter at the Northside Post Office at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 16.
Leadership from the 786th FSS and 86th Airlift Wing took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony introducing the new equipment.

Mail is scanned and sorted in the 786th Force Support Squadron’s new automatic mail sorter at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 9, 2020. The new machine is able to sort 14,000 pieces of mail within one hour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kirby Turbak)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany --

The 786th Force Support Squadron unveiled its new automatic mail sorter at the Northside Post Office at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 16.

Leadership from the 786th FSS and 86th Airlift Wing took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony introducing the new equipment.

“This is such an innovative effort and I just cannot say thank you enough to all of these folks that got us over the finish line,” said Lt. Col. Brandi Rountree, 786th FSS commander. “The right people, right places, right efforts and initiative have all culminated today for us to be here to see this amazing mail sorter.”

The new sorter was purchased with Squadron Innovation Funds, which are Air Force funds used for Airmen-led innovations to increase readiness, reduce cost, return time to Airmen or enhance lethality of the force.

The sorter will greatly reduce time for Airmen having to sort mail by hand at the NSPO.

“This machine enables us to reduce 30,000 hours we're spending sorting people's mail by hand to 800 hours a year,” said Master Sgt. Joshua McMillan, 786th FSS postmaster.

The sorter extracts the box number from the envelope and prints the date and time it arrived at the post office on the envelope.

“It will primarily sort our first class mail, like bills you get from companies,” McMillan said. “The machine is smart enough to read cursive handwriting too, it takes a video of the mail, zooms in on the handwriting and then pulls the number from the cursive and automatically sorts it.”

McMillan emphasized how this new and efficient equipment will give time back to postal Airmen to work on other tasks like helping customers.