‘This remarkable man’

USPS Board of Governors Chairman Robert M. Duncan

President George H.W. Bush’s lifelong commitment to public service was hailed during a special dedication ceremony last week for the new stamp honoring him.

“In his 94 years, President Bush taught us how to serve, how to live and how to love,” said USPS Board of Governors Chairman Robert M. Duncan, who served as the dedicating official.

The ceremony was held in Washington, DC, where Duncan and other speakers discussed their personal connections to the late president and their admiration for him.

At age 18, Bush became one of the youngest pilots in the Navy during World War II.

After the war, he served as a U.S. House member, ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee, chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in China, director of central intelligence, vice president and finally, president.

During his presidential administration (1989-1993), Bush led a multinational coalition to victory and successfully forced Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War.

He also signed historic legislation that prohibits discrimination against those with disabilities.

In retirement, Bush worked to help victims of natural disasters in Asia, the Caribbean and the United States.

During her remarks, Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan discussed the former president’s long history of writing and mailing letters to friends, family and constituents.

“President Bush’s letters reflected the kind of person he was — thoughtful, considerate, compassionate and concerned,” Brennan said.

Other participants in the ceremony included U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao; U.S. Rep. Kevin P. Brady of Texas; Margaret Bush, a daughter-in-law of the former president; two of his grandchildren, Sam LeBlond and Ellie LeBlond Sosa; and Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman.

The stamp, which USPS released in June, features a portrait of the former president painted by renowned artist Michael J. Deas.

The image, Duncan said, “perfectly captures the spirit and essence of this remarkable man.”

On paper

The Postal Service’s Pacific Area was recently recognized as a national leader in purchasing products made of recycled materials.

The area received a Federal Green Challenge Award, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives to organizations that conserve resources.

In its citation, the EPA noted that Pacific Area — which comprises California, Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Islands — purchased more than 27.7 million pounds of paper with recycled content during the fiscal year that ended last September, a significant increase from the previous year.

The EPA also noted the environmental benefits of using recycled paper. According to the agency’s calculations, the Postal Service’s recycled paper purchasing in 2018 was equivalent to conserving more than 545,000 gallons of gasoline, or more than 700 households’ annual energy usage.

In addition to Pacific Area, the EPA recognized the Drug Enforcement Administration for reducing water usage at its lab in Vista, CA.

“EPA is recognizing facilities across the federal government for their leadership in improving waste management, conserving water and other important efforts to improve environmental outcomes,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement.

The Postal Service’s efforts to promote recycling are part of its broader focus on sustainability, which also includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions and cutting energy and water usage.

Pacific Area employees said they’re proud to receive the recognition from the EPA.

“I’m glad we can use recycled paper products,” said Paulette Keller, a USPS technician in San Diego who is responsible for ordering copy paper. “It just makes so much sense.”

What’s your story?

Smiling woman stands in office setting

Link wants to hear from Postal Service employees who have benefited from the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the annual charity drive that began last week.

Each year, employees share stories about how various CFC member charities have helped them or their loved ones.

For example, during the previous campaign cycle, Link highlighted:

• Israel Lopez, a Cleveland letter carrier who is thankful to one CFC charity for providing a room for his family at the hospital where his infant son was hospitalized.

• Thomas Jasak, a Vaucluse, SC, postal support employee who credits several CFC organizations for medical research that helped his daughter, who has neurological disorders.

• Dolores Williams, an Edison, NJ, customer care agent who is grateful to a CFC member charity for paying for her cancer treatment.

• Linda Williams-Brettingen, a Washington, DC, organizational development specialist and breast cancer survivor who supports charities involved in breast cancer research.

If you or a loved one has benefited from a CFC charity, let Link know. Send an email to uspslink@usps.gov and a member of the team will be in touch.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. The Postal Service’s national scanning rating was 97.78 percent during the week ending Sept. 13, up from one week earlier.

Western (97.93 percent) led the areas, while Dakotas (99.21 percent) topped the districts.

Scanning allows customers to track their packages and mail, and it helps USPS improve efficiency and network management.

To see the latest results, go to the Informed Visibility site and select “Customer Experience,” followed by “DES 2 Scan Performance.” Employees must request access to Informed Visibility through eAccess.

Flag reminder. National POW-MIA Recognition Day, which honors the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, is Friday, Sept. 20.

Postal Service facilities are required to display the POW-MIA flag this day. The flag must fly below the U.S. flag, and both flags should be flown at full staff.

For additional information, refer to the Administrative Support Manual, which explains the USPS guidelines on flag display and maintenance, as well as the requirements for flying the POW-MIA flag.

New exhibit. The National Postal Museum recently opened “None Swifter Than These: 100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers,” an exhibition about the men and women who carry the sensitive materials, equipment and information that make diplomacy possible.

The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 26 at the Washington, DC, museum, includes Cold War-era surveillance devices that were either used or discovered by U.S. security officers; the diary, passport and other personal effects of a diplomatic courier in the early 1900s; and a 1936 diplomatic courier guide book, “Course of the Silver Greyhound.”

Got news? Email your submissions to uspslink@usps.gov.