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148th Fighter Wing making face masks for mission essential personnel

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: April 06, 2020 05:39 PM

The 148th Fighter Wing is doing its' part to make face masks for their mission essential personnel.

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Aircrew flight equipment specialists are assembling and sewing face masks from the base. The maintenance guys at the wing mentioned that there were sewing machines in the parachute shop and started looking up how to make the masks. They started the project more than a week ago and have been busy making the masks.

A spokesperson for the 148th said it's important to protect their team and slow the spread of COVID-19.

"We know this is effective in stopping some of the droplets so that we can mitigate some of the risks in our membership and our folks who can't social distance in every case so its' been positive overall," said Capt. Joshua Kolkind, the medical administrative officer for the 148th Fighter Wing.

Airmen from varying work groups around the wing are helping too by bringing in extra sewing machines, cutting fabric, washing it and distributing the masks on a priority basis.

The masks are going to be given to work areas where it's difficult to maintain six feet of separation, like aircraft maintenance personnel or security forces.

The 148th Fighter Wing is following CDC guidance on the use of cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Kolkind said they hope to make as many as possible to distribute to everyone at the wing so that they can all work to keep others stay safe and healthy.

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Alejandra Palacios

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