Sue Lewis-Clark, Master Sgt. Christine Devin, Senior Airman Anahi Ledezma
452 Communications Squadron
0630â€‚Arrive at work and open up shop. Itâ€™s usually quiet in the mornings, so we have time to gather our thoughts.
0700â€‚Open the window to receive the militaryâ€™s best customersâ€¦Team March.
0830â€‚Time to teach individual trainees on how to prep outgoing postal service mail and distribute intra- base mail.
1100â€‚USPS mail truck arrives; on time as usual.
1115â€‚We begin prepping ourselves to receive the incoming parcels. Proper safety gear must be worn prior to handling any incoming packages.
1130â€‚X-ray screening begins for all incoming items.
1131â€‚HALT THE X-RAY MACHINE! I think we have a questionable package.
1132â€‚For security reasons, we must rescreen the package to ensure it is safe.
1135â€‚No luck. Still canâ€™t tell what it isâ€¦immediately notify Security Forces.
1136â€‚In accordance with office protocol, announce the building evacuation callâ€¦THIS IS NOT A DRILL!
1140â€‚Security Forces arrive on-scene to conduct a detailed screening of the package.
1200â€‚Security Forces determines the contents of the box are harmless. The box appeared to contain a weapon. It turned out to be an L shaped flashlight, used with chemical warfare gear. Announce the all clear call…ALL CLEAR, ALL CLEAR, ALL CLEAR!
1230â€‚Now that we have been cleared, we can continue to process and distribute mail.
1300â€‚Time for a quick lunch break before preparing the accountable mail.
1330â€‚I need some fresh air so I deliver the accountable mail to the Post Office and pick up more incoming mail.
1345â€‚Continue to service customers with a smile despite the fact that we were scared out of our wits just two hours ago.
1500â€‚Time to close the mailroom window and prepare to call it a day.