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Mail trays sit full waiting to be sorted at the Northside Post Office on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 18, 2012. The post office receives its highest customer traffic during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan)

Mail trays sit full waiting to be sorted at the Northside Post Office on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 18, 2012. The post office receives its highest customer traffic during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan)

Senior Airman Jonathan Lee, 86th Communication Squadron postal specialist, brings mail to the service window at the Northside Post Office on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2012. The post office receives its highest customer traffic during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan)

Senior Airman Jonathan Lee, 86th Communication Squadron postal specialist, brings mail to the service window at the Northside Post Office on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2012. The post office receives its highest customer traffic during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan)

Senior Airman Thayne Rooney, 86 Communication Squadron postal specialist, stamps and sorts letters at the Northside Post Office on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2012. The post office receives its highest customer traffic during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan)

Senior Airman Thayne Rooney, 86 Communication Squadron postal specialist, stamps and sorts letters at the Northside Post Office on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2012. The post office receives its highest customer traffic during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan)

A line forms shortly before the Northside Post Office closes for the day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 18, 2012. The post office receives its highest customer traffic during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan)

A line forms shortly before the Northside Post Office closes for the day on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 18, 2012. The post office receives its highest customer traffic during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan)

Chief Master Sgt. Tiffany Smith, U. S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Force Africa, chaplain assistant manager and her son, Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Brett Smith, Germany 821st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps A flight commander, volunteer at the Northside Post Office on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2012. The post office receives its highest customer traffic during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan)

Chief Master Sgt. Tiffany Smith, U. S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Force Africa, chaplain assistant manager and her son, Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Brett Smith, Germany 821st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps A flight commander, volunteer at the Northside Post Office on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 17, 2012. The post office receives its highest customer traffic during the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- The post offices around the Kaiserslautern Military Community play a vital role in linking Airmen to their family and friends. During the holiday season the rush of mail was at its highest. To help alleviate the pressure of the holiday mail rush, the post offices looked for extra volunteers.

"It's nice to be able to help out during this (holiday) season, since they are so busy," said Megan Detroye, volunteer. "This is probably the most fun volunteer job I've ever done."

The Airmen of the Northside Post Office know that handling twice the normal amount of trucks
might appear to be a daunting task. However, with the help of volunteers and the hard working Airmen of the 86th Communications Squadron, the holiday mail and packages still arrived on time.

"Volunteering is incredibly important. It relieves a lot of stress and eases out the process for the workers and customers," said Senior Airman Jonathan Lee, 86th CS postal specialist. "We can never have too many volunteers. During the holidays when the workload is higher we always catch ourselves hoping for more volunteers."

Lee mentioned that the volume of mail coming in and going out was four to five times higher than any other month he has seen. Senior Airman Nickeem Coleman, 86th CS postal specialist, put the amount of mail seen per day into perspective.

"We receive two shipments a day during the holidays," said Coleman. "Each of these shipments contain about 10,000 pounds."

Coleman and Lee said, during the holidays work can be tough, however their mission of bridging the gap between Airmen and families is of utmost importance.

For more information about volunteering and the post office, call DSN 480-7857, or commercial 06371-47-7857.