FORT POLK, LA — At about 9:18 a.m., March 19, Fort Polk postal officials notified the Directorate of Emergency Services that suspicious mail (misspelled words and addresses) had been received at the mailroom. DES fire and police patrols responded immediately and the Explosive Ordnance Detachment also was summoned to the scene.
The postal building was cleared and cordoned off, and DES personnel began checking ID cards of all personnel entering and leaving Fort Polk as a
precaution. DES reports that no explosives were found inside the package or building. The package was also cleared by DES for chemical and biological contaminants.
Brig. Gen. William B. Hickman, commanding general of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk, recognized the vigilance of postal workers
and the quick response by emergency personnel. "It takes a cooperative effort to respond," he said, "and to resolve promptly and decisively any
potential threats to our community."