When I was named noncommissioned officer is charge (NCOIC) of Headquarters’ Western Air Force (WESTAF) Printing Department at Travis Air Force Base, California in 1956, we not only gave one-day service, you could wait for a rush job.
During wartime we were open 24/7.
Our command stretched from the Mississippi River to our base in the Far East. All our bases had a small reproduction center, and if they could not handle a job, it was sent to us by plane.
We printed the job and returned the work by one of our planes that flew to all bases every day.
I also had a room set up to destroy old, classified material.
In my 27-year career, I know of no other base that gave one-day service. My headquarters loved it.
Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfield, Calif.