Thinking outside mailbox: Robins AFB first base to get Intelligent Lockers

What started out as an Airman’s innovative idea to help his wingmen is now a reality at Robins Air Force Base.

The installation held a ribbon cutting ceremony March 30 for its recently installed Intelligent Lockers, giving the Airmen at the dormitories a centralized location to receive their packages after hours.

The lockers started as an idea presented by Senior Airman Ricardo Morales, 461st Aircraft Maintenance group crew chief, during the 2021 Air Force Installation Maintenance and Mission Support Center Innovation Rodeo. Morales was chosen as the winner, and subsequently, Robins AFB was awarded $235,000 and became the first base to install the Intelligent Lockers at its dorms.

“It makes me so happy to see the lockers are ready to be used by all the Airmen in the dorms,” Morales said. “I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the implementation of the lockers.”

Morales said the locker idea came to him after noticing fellow Airmen experienced delays in getting their packages because their work schedules conflicted with the limited post office hours on base.

According to Morales, his idea not only saves space in the postal facility but allows Airmen to pick up their mail at a convenient time for them.

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