Conduct Theater Postal Operations



The HRSC has received the operations order/plan (OPORD/OPLAN) and initial planning guidance from the Support Operations (SPO) Branch of the Theater or Expeditionary Sustainment Command (TSC/ESC), as appropriate. The Postal Operations Division (POD) has all authorized personnel and equipment. Mail flow into the theater is to be managed to enhance morale while not impeding preparation for, and conduct of, Unified Land Operations.  Communications are established with the Military Postal Service Agency (MPSA), Military Mail Terminal (MMT) Team, and Support Operations (SPO) Branch, Theater or Expeditionary Sustainment Commands (TSC/ESC), as appropriate. The HRSC and higher headquarters tactical standing operating procedures (TSOP) as well as AR 600-8-3, DOD 4525.6-M and FM 1-0 are available. Threat capabilities include information gathering, hostile force sympathizers, and terrorist activities in a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high yield Explosives (CBRNE) environment. Some iterations of this task should be performed in MOPP 4.

The HRSC will ensure incoming mail is dispatched to applicable units within 24 hours of receipt or as allowed by the tactical situation. Will ensure outgoing mail is dispatched in accordance with MPSA and theater commander guidance, as transportation assets permit. Coordinate mail distribution points with supported units. Ensure postal elements are adequately staffed and equipped to handle current and projected mail loads. Ensure postal elements are positioned to minimize transportation requirements and to provide maximum unit access to postal services. Ensure postal elements are scheduled for and inspected on a recurring basis consistent with the tactical situation.