DAEGU AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --
Since the inception of the United States of America, mail correspondence has been an important priority shown by the ratification of the Postal Service Act, signed into law by President George Washington Feb. 20, 1792. Since then, a long line of great men and women have served to bring the critical postal transportation requirements of our nation.
Staff Sgt. McGarrette Dela Cruz is continuing on the proud tradition as an administration management technician, serving in a one-person position as the postmaster of the 607th Material Maintenance Squadron at Daegu AB.
Dela Cruz has been in the Air Force for 10 years and his job here has more to it than most may think.
The base is considered a geographically separated unit, meaning he must travel daily to Osan Air Base and Camp Walker, which is approximately a 40-minute drive each, to deliver and receive precious cargo of hundreds of service members, civilians and contractors.
He is responsible for the mail service of a joint-unit base, to include a rotational team and exercises the base may support, as well as deployed forces.
Undaunted and without fail, he does this every week to ensure the mail keeps moving.
“I love my job,” said Dela Cruz. “It allows me to interact with a multitude of people with different jobs and backgrounds and provide them the best service I can give.”
During the holidays, his devotion to customer service plays a crucial role in helping raise morale - from sharing the excitement of receiving a package, to taking the time to create festive holiday décor - his job is one that all members appreciate greatly.
"I appreciate Sergeant Dela Cruz because he allows us the ability to keep connected with our loved ones," said Tech. Sgt. Anthony Thlang, a fire protection craftsman with the 607th MMS.
Dela Cruz also provides the invaluable service for members to ship their possessions at the end of their stay in Korea. The postmaster at Daegu is one of the first and last contacts each member makes during their time at the unit.
He is thankful to his supervisor, who works at Suwon Air Base, his family and his friends at the squadron for all their support. He continues to selflessly serve the unit by exemplifying the core value of Service Before Self, no matter what rigors his job entails to ensure customer satisfaction.
The 607th MMS personnel deliver readiness to five air bases - Gwang Ju, Gimhae, Suwon, Cheongju, and Daegu - to ensure the highest state of readiness and quality of assets and facilities.
They program and initiate actions for the rapid reception and bed-down of incoming United States forces in support of operational plans across those bases, to provide capabilities to the combatant commander.