‘Bravery and sacrifice’

The Postal Service honored one of the Second World War’s most distinguished fighting units last week when the organization dedicated the Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII stamp.

The Forever stamp commemorates the second-generation Japanese Americans, also known as nisei, who formed the Army’s 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team, whose motto was “Go for Broke.”

“As a military veteran, I have the greatest appreciation for the more than 33,000 nisei … that served our nation during World War II,” Donald L. Moak, a member of the USPS Board of Governors, said during a June 3 virtual ceremony that streamed on Facebook and Twitter.

“Today, with this stamp, the Postal Service recognizes the contributions that Japanese American soldiers made while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II,” Moak said.

While nisei were subjected to prejudice because of their heritage after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, they were later enlisted by the Army to serve as translators, interpreters and interrogators in the Pacific theater for the Military Intelligence Service.

Nisei also served in the 1399th Engineering Construction Battalion, while more than 100 nisei woman served in the Women’s Army Corp.

Designed by Antonio Alcalá, the Go for Broke stamp — available at Post Offices and usps.com — is based on a photograph taken in France by a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team at a railroad station in 1944.

During a series of two dedication ceremonies in Hawaii last week, Gov. David Ige, first lady Dawn Ige, Kaua‘i County Mayor Derek Kawakami and others highlighted the special role nisei played in Aloha State history.

“Bravery and sacrifice on the battlefields in Europe and the Pacific is just part of the story of the nisei soldiers,” Lynn Heirakuji, co-chair of the Hawaii Stamp Organizing Committee, said at a June 4 event in Honolulu.

“When they returned from the war to Hawaii, they helped break down societal barriers, take a stand against discrimination, instill cultural pride, and as a result, created greater opportunities for future generations. Today, we all benefit from their hard work. The little stamp serves as a reminder to continue to do what the nisei soldiers started generations ago.”

There’s still time

If you haven’t completed your Postal Pulse employee survey, you must do so before June 11 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The survey, which began May 11, is an important resource for USPS to obtain feedback on its efforts to improve its workplace environments.

It takes about five minutes to complete the survey, which has 14 questions and a comment box where you can offer feedback in your own words about positive changes in your work unit.

Bargaining employees received the survey at their homes and workplaces, while nonbargaining employees received an email that allows them to complete the survey on a secure site run by Gallup, the organization that conducts the Postal Pulse.

Additionally, all employees can take the survey on LiteBlue.

Although you have several options to complete the survey, only the first survey received by Gallup for each employee will be counted. Gallup doesn’t share individual employees’ survey responses with USPS.

The Employee Engagement LiteBlue page has more information.

Higher and higher

Postal Service employees can participate in an upcoming webinar to learn about high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) and whether the plans are right for you.

The session, “The Value of a High Deductible Health Plan,” will be held Monday, June 14, at noon EDT.

GEHA, a not-for-profit provider of health plans for federal employees, will conduct the webinar and explore how high-deductible health plans can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars annually, as well as how pairing an HDHP with a health savings account is a great value in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program.

Participants must register before the event on the webinar website. After signing up, directions for accessing the webinar will be emailed to each registrant.

Following the webinar, every registrant will receive an email with a link to an archived recording, along with the slides shown during the event.

Participation is voluntary. Nonexempt employees may only participate off the clock or during authorized breaks.

For more information, email the USPS Health and Wellness team.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 97.2 percent during the week ending June 4, a slight uptick from one week earlier.

The data was collected June 9.

Western Pacific led the four areas with a rating of 97.37 percent, while Atlantic ranked last with a 97.01 percent rating.

Among the 50 districts, Washington, part of Western Pacific Area, ranked first with a 98.15 percent rating, while Puerto Rico, part of Southern Area, ranked last with a 92.52 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.

Doggone it. Postal Bulletin’s June 3 issue includes a preview of USPS Dog Bite Awareness Week, which will be held from June 12-18. The publication also includes the latest updates to postal policies, procedures and forms.

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