Who could guess that sewing was a skill that could potentially save lives?
On April 5, 2020, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) released a memorandum committed to taking every precaution to ensure the health and well-being of service members, civilians, employees and their families in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It relayed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s recommendation for wearing cloth face coverings in public settings and common areas to be incorporated into everyday life at DoD installations around the globe.
In Afghanistan, it would likely take months for cloth masks to arrive once ordered. The most feasible option was to use accessible resources and personnel to assist with this recommendation. On the LOGCAP IV program, the Kandahar Airfield (KAF) Laundry team began construction on face masks for DI employees located at Kandahar Airfield, Tactical Base Dwyer and Camp Shorab using one on-site sewing machine and another borrowed from the KAF Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department. The Billeting department and various members of the laundry staff donated sheets, scarves and t-shirts for material.
They have created 3,628 cloth face masks so far, and the team will continue to make face coverings until each employee has at least two.
“The LOGCAP team is amazingly versatile,” said Rob Tillery, SVP LG4 Operations. “I’m proud of the KAF Laundry members who made this mission possible.”