U.S. Army video by 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Interview: Spc. Sergio Tobias, U.S. Army, Det. 3, 394th Postal Company; Kirkuk, Iraq;
January 10, 2006
Sergio Tobias: Specialist Tobias, first name is Sergio, S-E-R-G-I-O, Tobias, T-OB-I-A-S. And I’m with the 3rd Detachment behind the port AG Postal Company and I am from Orange County, California or Westminster, California. Right now I’m the alternate registered clerk. I handle the registered mail given out to all the mailpersons who come to pick it up, and that is the most secure mail that we have here at the post office. Besides that, I’m operations. I deal with everything, redirecting. So we’re in the fore here as you see and that’s about it.
Interviewer: Tell me a little bit about what's going on behind you.
Sergio Tobias: Behind me right now we’re breaking down mail. What we’re doing is all the mail that comes in from the flight, we have to break them down by unit. We've got to make sure if there are insured, registered, certified or whatnot. If it does, then we just go ahead and put them on this car right here and me or my NCOIC, Sgt. Mejia, will take it back to the cardboard [sounds like] room and lock it up, so we are ready to work on it, and in the meantime just bring down every box we have here.
Interviewer: Okay. Tell me about how you feel about this job.
Sergio Tobias: About this job, postal. Well, I’ll never look at my postman the same way again. It’s a tough job. You’ve got to learn lots of different aspects of the job, and you see how it all comes together.
Interviewer: What’s the greatest part about this job?
Sergio Tobias: The greatest part about this job is, I guess, when you see a package for people, you know who it’s for and you know that you can get a great satisfaction bringing that to them because you’re out here for a very long time, and it’s a great feeling when you have a package mailed to you. So I get to see some people when they see their packages, their eyes just light up or whatnot.
Interviewer: What do you think about all these people that come here to give help?
Sergio Tobias: I thank them because it is a lot of work and we feel sometimes, like for us personally, it’s overwhelming, but when everyone just chips in and gets the job done everything just goes smoothly, and it’s great teamwork. I love working with the Air Force because the Air Force often helps us out and all the units of the Army come out and help so it’s a great -- and everyone comes along for the mail because it’s our little piece from home.
Interviewer: Is there anything that you’d like to say or add anything?
Sergio Tobias: Yeah. Hi to the rest of the 304th AG Company and the rest of the 806 AG company back home, and see you when you get here.
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