Figure 2-2. Security Container Envelope, SF 700
All personnel who are not directly involved with
the handling of official mail must be prohibited entry
to the office working space. The only exceptions to
this rule are the commanding officer (CO), executive
officer (XO), and those personnel who are members of
an official inspecting party while carrying out
assigned duties. If the office operates on a 24-hour
basis, off-duty personnel should be excluded. When a
working party is required to handle mail, the members
of the working party may be authorized entry to the
working space while closed mailbags are being
handled. Supervision will always be provided while
the working party is handling the mail.
Because of an increase in worldwide terrorist
activities, we must not laugh at the myth of letter
bombs. You, as the OMM, could very well be in the
position to determine what to do in a crisis situation to
increase present awareness and also to provide
guidance in identifying suspected mail bombs. The
information listed below should be disseminated
among your personnel. Figure 2-3 shows an example
of a letter bomb.
removing contents from an envelope or parcel
Keep in mind that a bomb can be enclosed in either
a parcel or an envelope. There is no set pattern of the
outward appearance of the parcel or envelope. The
form of a letter bomb is limited only by the
imagination of the sender. Mail bombs will usually
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characteristics are listed as follows:
Mail bombs may bear restricted endorsements
such as Personal or Private.
The addressees name and/or title may be
Mail bombs may reflect distorted handwriting or
the name and address may be prepared with
homemade labels or cut-and-paste lettering.
Mail bombs may have protruding wires,
aluminum foil, or oil stains visible and may emit
a peculiar odor.
Mail bombs may have an excessive amount of
postage stamps affixed.
Letter-type bombs may feel rigid or appear
uneven or lopsided.
Parcel bombs may be unprofessionally wrapped
with several combinations of tape used to secure
t h e p a c k a g e a n d m a y b e e n d o r s ed
FragileHandle with Care or RushDo Not
Parcel bombs may make a buzzing or ticking
noise, or a sloshing sound.
Pressure or resistance may be noted when
If you discover or are suspicious of a piece of mail
and are unable to reasonably verify the contents, you
should take the following actions:
DO NOT OPEN.
Isolate the article and evacuate the area