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GAO was asked to determine whether the most efficient and economical method of transportation was used by the Department of Defense to distribute mail from Okinawa to points in Southeast Asia. During the review GAO proposed that available space on Military Airlift Command aircraft be used to move mail from Okinawa to Southeast Asia when direct commercial U.S.-flag service was either not available or inadequate. GAO also proposed that arrangements be made with the 5th Air Force and the 834th Air Division for local distribution of mail in Vietnam and Thailand and for such backup service as deemed appropriate.

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