Star Wars Droids

The Postal Service has released stamps featuring some of the most beloved personalities in the “Star Wars” galaxy: the droids.

The 20-stamp pane, announced earlier this year, features 10 of the best-known “Star Wars” characters, including C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8. The stamps were released May 4 — a nod to “May the Force be with you,” the franchise’s most famous line.

“I grew up with ‘Star Wars’ and love sharing the stories and inspiration with my kids,” said Isaac Cronkhite, the USPS chief logistics and processing operations officer, who led a virtual dedication ceremony that streamed on Facebook and Twitter.

“The Postal Service has a long history of looking to the stars as inspiration for its stamps, and for celebrating the innovation, science and technology it takes to get us there, which is why the ‘Star Wars’ droids are a perfect fit for stamps.”

The stamps reflect the commitment of Lucasfilm and its parent company, the Walt Disney Co., to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning and the continued collaboration between the Star Wars: Force for Change philanthropic initiative and the global pre-K-12 nonprofit organization FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

Together, Star Wars: Force for Change and FIRST are working to expand access to STEM learning and robotics to more young people around the world, including bringing more hands-on, mentor-based robotics programs to historically under-resourced communities.

The other characters shown on the Forever stamps, which are available at Post Offices and usps.com, are IG-11, K-2SO, D-O, L3-37 and C1-10P, commonly known as Chopper, as well as a GNK (or Gonk) power droid and a 2-1B surgical droid.

“Droids have been a centerpiece of ‘Star Wars’ for generations, capturing the hearts of fans and igniting imaginations,” said Lynwen Brennan, a Lucasfilm executive vice president who participated in the virtual dedication ceremony.

“The Postal Service perfectly captured the charisma of each droid in this new stamp collection and we’re excited for fans to spread their love of these iconic characters throughout our galaxy.”

Other participants in the ceremony included Doug Chiang, vice president and executive creative director at Lucasfilm, and Anthony Daniels, the actor who performed as C-3PO in the franchise’s nine “Skywalker saga” films.

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Military Appreciation Month

In observation of Military Appreciation Month in May, the Postal Service is distributing tokens of appreciation to employees who are veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

“The Postal Service is proud to offer opportunities for veterans looking to continue their service to the American public,” said Chief Human Resources Officer Doug Tulino. “Let us never take for granted their contributions to our nation and to this institution.”

Approximately 100,000 veterans are employed by USPS. The organization is one of the largest civilian employers of former and current members of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy.

The Postal Service was recently recognized for its contributions as an employer of wounded military veterans.

As a show of gratitude for their service, all veterans will receive a letter of appreciation signed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and a stainless steel tumbler.

Managers can order the approved tumbler through eBuyPlus through May 31. Veteran coordinators will distribute the letter and tumblers to veterans throughout May.

Employees who will celebrate five years of employment with USPS during the current fiscal year will receive a prepackaged five-year anniversary kit containing a thank-you card signed by Tulino and a military-style challenge coin. These items will be shipped to managers and supervisors of military veteran employees for distribution throughout May.

Employees with questions should contact their district’s human resources manager.

Help 24/7

The Postal Service wants to remind workers that the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available around the clock, 365 days of the year.

The service is free, voluntary and confidential.

Sessions are offered in several formats, including:

• Video counseling, allowing employees to meet with an EAP counselor through a video call;

• Online counseling, offering professional counseling anytime, anywhere, through a computer, tablet or smartphone;

• myStrength, an interactive, individually tailored application that helps users address topics like opioid addiction, depression, insomnia, mindfulness, anxiety and chronic pain; and

• Live webinars that explore topics such as emotional intelligence and navigating personal challenges.

The website also has a COVID-19 resource page, along with a newly updated section on suicide prevention.

For more information, go to EAP4you.com or call 800-327-4968 (TTY: 877-492-7341).

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 96.88 percent during the week ending April 30, down about a quarter of a point from one week earlier.

The data was collected May 5.

Western Pacific led the four areas with a rating of 97.14 percent, while Atlantic ranked last with a 96.66 percent rating.

Among the 67 districts, Dakotas, part of Western Pacific Area, ranked first with a 98.55 percent rating, while Philadelphia, part of Atlantic Area, ranked last with a 92.62 percent rating.

Scanning data allows customers to track their mail and packages, which helps USPS deliver excellent service, boost loyalty and drive revenue.

To see the latest data, go to the Informed Visibility website and select “Customer Experience,” followed by “DES 2 Scan Performance.” Postal Service employees must request Informed Visibility access through eAccess.

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