Four legs, all heart

Stamp sheet showing colorful illustrations of dogs

The nation’s military war dogs were hailed as four-legged heroes during a ceremony last week to dedicate stamps honoring their service.

“The bravery, loyalty and service of all military working dogs — past and present — will never be forgotten,” said David C. Williams, vice chairman of the USPS Board of Governors, who led the Aug. 1 dedication.

Military canines have aided U.S. soldiers in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The armed forces currently use approximately 2,300 dogs, providing the animals with extensive training and care.

During the dedication ceremony, Williams and other speakers told stories about dogs like Cairo, a Belgian Malinois who accompanied Navy SEAL Team 6 on its 2011 mission to find Osama bin Laden, and Maiko, a multi-purpose canine that was killed while accompanying Army Rangers during a raid on Al Qaeda militants in Afghanistan last year.

“Working dogs like Cairo and Maiko … are heroes deserving of our respect and gratitude,” said Williams.

Available in booklets of 20, the Military Working Dogs stamps showcase four breeds that commonly serve in the U.S. armed forces today — German shepherd, Labrador retriever, Belgian Malinois and Dutch shepherd.

The stamps are available at Post Offices and usps.com.

Other speakers at the ceremony, which was held during an American Philatelic Society Show in Omaha, NE, were U.S. Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska; Scott English, the American Philatelic Society’s executive director; Lt. Col. Michael Cheatham of Offutt Air Force Base; Ronald Aiello, the United States War Dogs Association’s president; and Dave Keeton, an author and former military working dog trainer and caretaker.

In his remarks, Bacon recalled working with Navy SEAL team members, who told him how much they value the contributions of the dogs.

“They like having military working dogs on their team because it helps save their lives. So they save, they protect, they locate and they attack,” Bacon said. “We’re the land of the free and the home of the brave … and our military working dogs are part of that team.”

Inside attacks

Two women in an office.

The CyberSafe at USPS team wants employees to know that sometimes co-workers and vendors can pose cyberthreats to organizations just like outside hackers.

Hollywood has portrayed these individuals — known as “insider threats” — in movies and TV shows for years. While these storylines and characters are meant to entertain audiences, insider threats are a real-life problem for many organizations, including the Postal Service.

Insider threats often are employees, contractors or business partners who are negligent or malicious in their use of USPS systems access. They’re particularly dangerous because the compromised access could harm critical postal systems or result in stolen data.

There are three types of insider threats to watch out for:

• Accidental threats, which can occur by mistake when USPS-issued equipment has been lost, stolen, tampered with, or hit with a social engineering attack. Don’t be afraid to report these incidents. Any delay could compromise USPS data.

• Malicious threats, such as disgruntled employees who deliberately steal or sabotage data.

• Third-party threats, including Postal Service business partners or vendors that suffer an online attack that unintentionally compromises the postal network or data.

To report insider threat activity, email the Cybersecurity Operations Center at CyberSafe@usps.gov or call 866-877-7247.

More information is available on the Insider Threat Blue page, the CyberSafe at USPS Blue and LiteBlue pages, and USPSCyberSafe.com.

Beyond and above

USPS is reminding you to check out Beyond the Blue, a new initiative that showcases employees who take pride in meeting their customers’ needs.

The three-month campaign began last month and spotlights a different employee each weekday through multiple communication channels, including a LiteBlue page.

In addition to photos and quotes from employees, Beyond the Blue includes videos like “Tracy’s Story,” a 1-minute, 40-second profile of Tracy Crumrine, a Wendell, ID, retail associate whose work ethic has garnered the respect and admiration of those around her.

“She’s very cheerful and eager to help you, and she does a good job at it,” customer James Crouson says in the video.

Employees can watch the videos on the #PostalProud Blue page.

Beyond the Blue is part of #PostalProud, which aligns with the Postal Service’s broader goals to engage, empower and equip employees and deliver excellent customer experiences.