NAVSUP FLC Pearl Harbor Increases Mail Screening Technologies and Processes

BY SHANNON R. HANEY,
OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER PEARL HARBOR

NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Pearl Harbor Regional Mail Center personnel received hands-on X-ray training from members of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1, Detachment (Det.) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), May 12.

The training objective was to teach personnel how to identify and respond to suspicious letters and packages.

The training provided an in-depth look at hazardous packages using an X-ray machine. Personnel studied the X-ray imagery of multiple packages with assorted threats to differentiate how they stand out compared to non-threat items.

MDSU 1 Det. EOD personnel deliver hands-on X-ray training to NAVSUP FLC Pearl Harbor Regional Mail Center personnel onboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam. –photo by Shannon R. Haney

 

“A wide range of potential threats can be introduced into an organization through the mail center,” said Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Dustin Lawson, MDSU-1 DET EOD. “Threats that involve chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive substances are both dangerous and disruptive.”

Today, fewer threats can be readily identified by examining the exterior of parcels. To mitigate this concern, NAVSUP FLC Pearl Harbor is increasing its mail screening technologies.

“The only way to become an efficient warfighter is through realistic training,” said James McCaffrey, director of postal operations. “Continuous training is very important in this type of work-field. Others depend on us for safety.”

This realistic training, coupled with the X-ray machine, allows for personnel to identify potential threats and hazards to eliminate the risk they pose to the organization, its personnel, and daily operations.

The NAVSUP FLC Pearl Harbor Regional Mail Center continues to maximize training opportunities. Quarterly, they leverage military or commercial trainers to provide specialized training. Subject matter experts from the Transportation Security Administration, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the United States Postal Inspection Service are scheduled to provide training.

“We sustain training because continually training will keep our skills sharp,” said Logistics Specialist 1st Class James Wenzel, Regional Mail Center leading petty officer. “It is vital for military and civilians to keep security strong and vigilant to stop threats as soon as possible.”

September/October 2017