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Sewing through the shortage

Members use 550 cord, as well as cotton fabric to make masks for hospital workers and base members April 14, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. As of April 6, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, base members are required to wear a mask in buildings and when they are unable to maintain 6 ft. social distancing. To assist with the need for face masks, volunteers from across base have utilized the Training Device Design and Engineering Center to sew masks for base members and hospital workers (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

Members use 550 cord, as well as cotton fabric to make masks for hospital workers and base members April 14, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. As of April 6, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, base members are required to wear a mask in buildings and when they are unable to maintain 6 ft. social distancing. To assist with the need for face masks, volunteers from across base have utilized the Training Device Design and Engineering Center to sew masks for base members and hospital workers (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

Estaban Neza, 30th Operations Support Squadron engineering technician, cuts fabric to make masks for hospital workers and base members April 14, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Volunteers from across base have utilized the Training Device Design and Engineering Center to sew masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of April 6, 2020, all base members are required to wear mask, so the volunteers began mass producing to help with the mask shortage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

Estaban Neza, 30th Operations Support Squadron engineering technician, cuts fabric to make masks for hospital workers and base members April 14, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Volunteers from across base have utilized the Training Device Design and Engineering Center to sew masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of April 6, 2020, all base members are required to wear mask, so the volunteers began mass producing to help with the mask shortage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

Senior Airman Miguel Garcia, 30th Operations Support Squadron intelligence analyst, sews masks for hospital workers and base members April 14, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Garcia, and the group of volunteers plan to donate approximately 1,500 masks to members across Vandenberg AFB and roughly 150 masks to the local hospital in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

Senior Airman Miguel Garcia, 30th Operations Support Squadron intelligence analyst, sews masks for hospital workers and base members April 14, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Garcia, and the group of volunteers plan to donate approximately 1,500 masks to members across Vandenberg AFB and roughly 150 masks to the local hospital in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

Senior Airman Miguel Garcia, 30th Operations Support Squadron intelligence analyst, sews masks for hospital workers and base members April 14, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. As of April 6, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, base members are required to wear a mask in buildings and when they are unable to maintain 6 ft. social distancing. To assist with the need for face masks, volunteers from across base have utilized the Training Device Design and Engineering Center to sew masks for base members and hospital workers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

Senior Airman Miguel Garcia, 30th Operations Support Squadron intelligence analyst, sews masks for hospital workers and base members April 14, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. As of April 6, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, base members are required to wear a mask in buildings and when they are unable to maintain 6 ft. social distancing. To assist with the need for face masks, volunteers from across base have utilized the Training Device Design and Engineering Center to sew masks for base members and hospital workers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

Capt. Daniel Smith, 30th Space Wing launch weather officer, sews masks for hospital workers and base members April 14, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Volunteers from across base have utilized the Training Device Design and Engineering Center to sew masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of April 6, 2020, all base members are required to wear mask, so the volunteers began mass producing to help with the mask shortage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

Capt. Daniel Smith, 30th Space Wing launch weather officer, sews masks for hospital workers and base members April 14, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Volunteers from across base have utilized the Training Device Design and Engineering Center to sew masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of April 6, 2020, all base members are required to wear mask, so the volunteers began mass producing to help with the mask shortage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

Airman 1st Class Jakorian Rich, 30th Operations Support Squadron intelligence analyst, crafts cloth masks April 14, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Rich and the group of volunteers plan to donate approximately 1,500 masks to members across Vandenberg AFB and roughly 150 masks to the local hospital in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

Airman 1st Class Jakorian Rich, 30th Operations Support Squadron intelligence analyst, crafts cloth masks April 14, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Rich and the group of volunteers plan to donate approximately 1,500 masks to members across Vandenberg AFB and roughly 150 masks to the local hospital in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

Capt. Daniel Smith, 30th Space Wing launch weather officer, sews masks for hospital workers and base members April 14, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Volunteers from across base have utilized the Training Device Design and Engineering Center to sew masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of April 6, 2020, all base members are required to wear mask, so the volunteers began mass producing to help with the mask shortage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

Capt. Daniel Smith, 30th Space Wing launch weather officer, sews masks for hospital workers and base members April 14, 2020, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Volunteers from across base have utilized the Training Device Design and Engineering Center to sew masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of April 6, 2020, all base members are required to wear mask, so the volunteers began mass producing to help with the mask shortage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Hanah Abercrombie)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

As of April 6, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, base members are required to wear a mask in buildings and when they are unable to maintain 6 ft. social distancing. To assist with the need for face masks, volunteers from across base have utilized the Training Device Design and Engineering Center to sew masks for base members and hospital workers.