FORT DIX, N.J. – Postal units from across the U.S. Army Reserve came here for Postal Warrior 19-1 from Jul 13 to Aug 2, 2019.
Postal Warrior 19 is a standalone 21 day, task-focused exercise, designed to train and challenge postal units in the skill sets and competencies needed to support Theater Postal Operations and increase individual and collective readiness. The exercise was planned and led by the 4th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Col. Robert Penn, the assistant chief of staff for operations at the 4th ESC, said his team wanted to raise the readiness of the units across the Army Reserve footprint. The exercise included classroom training before the Soldiers moved to the field to practice their skills in a realistic environment.
“Our goal was to level set,” said Penn, “to train all the Soldiers in these units so we have a bench of experts. Every Soldier needs to know what to do and they need to be familiar with each other’s duties.”
Penn has been deployed and knows how important something as small as mail can be for the Soldier morale. He said it raises spirits and reminds Soldiers that there are people back home that care.
“Getting packages from loved ones can make a big difference,” said Penn. “Just knowing they have that link, that tangible link back home, whether they are sending mail or mail is coming to them, it boosts morale.”