Europe's largest Army post office hustles to keep up with holiday mail

Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Ken Norton, an employee at the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden postal operations center, sorts packages meant for the Middle East, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Wiesbaden, Germany, is the sole military mail exchange in Europe, and it often forwards packages to more distant bases. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes

Europe's largest Army post office hustles to keep up with holiday mail

by: Dan Stoutamire | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: December 19, 2016

WIESBADEN, Germany — The holiday season is the time of year when military families in Germany probably feel most acutely the long distance from loved ones back home in the States.

Some three dozen employees at Wiesbaden postal operations center on Clay Kaserne help make home seem a little closer.

“It’s the Super Bowl, the World Series, it’s the main event,” Wiesbaden postmaster James E. McKee Jr. said of the holiday rush. “It’s really what they pay us for.”

The post office routinely receives and sends two times its normal mail load during the holiday season, which begins in November.

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