Tech. Sgt Richard Cendrowski from Detachment 2, Air Postal Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan, inspects packages at their mail processing center to ensure that it has proper markings before shipment, May 18, 2004. Detachment 2 recently won the best Aerial Mail Terminal in the Air Force for 2003. Their mission is to provide prompt, reliable and efficient postal service for all Department of Defense personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt Val Gempis) (Released)

Legal Mandates

Section 406 of Title 39 United States Code provides the legal authority to establish Armed Forces post offices abroad and to provide postal services to members of the Armed Forces and DoD civilians, including their accompanying family members. The DoD and the United States Postal Service (USPS) Postal Agreement (USPS Pub 38) establishes the Military Postal Service (MPS) as an extension of the USPS abroad.

Our Mission

MPSA mission is to achieve efficient and responsive processing, transportation, and distribution of personal and official mail within the Department of Defense.

Our Profile

Until 1980, each military service and government agency managed its own mail program. In 1980, the Department of Defense designated the Secretary of the Army as the single military mail manager. The Military Postal Service Agency (MPSA) was created to perform this task, with a jointly-staffed headquarters located in the National Capital Region. MPSA is required to adhere to United States Postal Service (USPS) rules, federal laws, and various international laws and agreements for movement of military mail into over 85 countries. MPSA is the single DoD point of contact with the USPS. It conducts DoD contingency planning and provides postal support to theater Combatant Commanders through Services' theater postal commands. It serves as a proponent of DoD's cost control policy for DoD official mail and as the functional director for military mail. MPSA also monitors transportation funds dedicated to overseas mail movement.

Roles And Responsibilities - Headquarters

Executive Director: The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)), shall oversee the performance of the Military Postal Service (MPS) and Official Mail Program (OMP) through the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness. The Secretary of the Army serves as the DOD Executive Agent (DOD EA) for the MPS and OMP and designated The Adjutant General of the Army to serve as the Executive Director of the Military Postal Service Agency, reporting to the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Operating under the authority, direction, and control of the DoD EA for MPS and OMP for postal and official mail matters, is responsible for the integration of postal processing, transportation, and distribution procedures worldwide; the implementation of uniform worldwide postal practices and procedures; and the management and operation of MPSA.

Deputy Director: The Deputy Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Agency including subordinate Joint Military Postal Activities collocated at USPS International Service Centers (USPS ISC). Provides strategic direction, technical and procedural guidance, coordination, and assistance for the MPS and OMP to promote compliance with U.S. law and USPS, GSA, and DoD issuances.

Chief, Internal Management Division: Serves as advisor on administrative programs and objectives to include: Plan/Implement management support functions; Monitor all tasking and consolidate responses; Coordinate personnel matters for assigned personnel for all Services and Army DoD civilians; Manage the MPSA Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) Program.

Chief, Operations Division: Interprets United States Postal Service (USPS) and DoD policy for: Military Post Office (MPO) operating procedures, Searches and Seizures, Depredations, Customs, and Claims. Maintains the Military Post Office Location List (MPOLL). Investigates military mail problems and responds to complaints/inquires. Coordinates with USPS in the assigning, opening and closing of military ZIP Codes.

Chief, Policy and Plans Division: Develops postal contingency, operations planning, and exercise plans. Monitors legislative and regulatory matters. Develops postal agreements between DoD and other agencies. Develops MPS policy, goals, and objectives. Coordinates public affairs functions. Develops and interprets MPO user policy. Develops DoD official mail objectives, policies, procedures and training. Investigates and responds to complaints/inquires on MPS policies.

Chief, Transportation Division: Coordinates the integrated Military Mail Distribution Transportation Network. Maintains military mail delivery standards. Monitors military mail processing, dispatch, and transportation. Coordinates with USPS, DoD, and commercial carriers on transportation issues. Manages transportation cost. Investigates and responds to military mail transportation complaints/inquires. Responds to "Express" mail inquires.

Official Mail Manager: The incumbent (1) Develops policies and procedures for Department of Defense use of the postal services provided by the United States Postal Service (USPS): (2) represents the DOD on all policy matters; (3) provides functional direction to the official mail managers of the DOD Agencies, DOD Field Activities, and the Military Services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines); (4) assures that official mail procedures in use throughout the DOD are cost-effective; (5) assures that adequate official mail training is available to DOD personnel; and (6) assures that knowledge of the latest advances in mail processing equipment, supplies, and services is disseminated to DOD personnel.




Joint Military Postal
Activity - Chicago

The mission of the JMPA Chicago to act on behalf of the Military Postal Service Agency (MPSA), as the single point of contact with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in Chicago, IL, San Francisco, CA, Honolulu, HI, New York City, NY, Jersey City, NJ, and Miami, FL to achieve the most efficient and responsive processing, transportation, and distribution services for military mail transiting the USPS International Service Centers (ISCs) destined to and from DoD patrons worldwide.