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EMS makes face shields, masks for medical personnel

Staff Sgt. Terri Miller, 944th Air Reserve aircraft metals technology technician, sews face masks April, 9, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

Staff Sgt. Terri Miller, 944th Air Reserve aircraft metals technology technician, sews face masks April, 9, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Miller started making masks for civilians during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic and is now making masks for Luke essential workers to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron and 944th Maintenance Group have implemented total force integration, combining the efforts of active duty and reserve military and civilians to combat the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Leala Marquez)

Tech. Sgt. Robert Burns, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of metals technology, prepares an 3D printer to create parts for a face shield April, 9, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

Tech. Sgt. Robert Burns, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of metals technology, prepares an 3D printer to create parts for a face shield April, 9, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Airmen from the 56th EMS printed 30 face shields and 120 tension bars for 56th Medical Group personnel to use amidst the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic. The 56th EMS and 944th Maintenance Group have implemented total force integration combining the efforts of active duty and reserve military and civilians to combat the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Leala Marquez)

Tech. Sgt. Robert Burns, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of metals technology, prepares to print a face shield part April 9, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

Tech. Sgt. Robert Burns, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of metals technology, prepares to print a face shield part April 9, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Members of the 56th EMS printed 30 face shields and 120 tension bars for 56th Medical Group personnel to use amidst the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic. The 56th EMS and 944th Maintenance Group have implemented total force integration, combining the efforts of active duty and reserve military and civilians to combat the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Leala Marquez)

Airman 1st Class Taylor Frost, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft metals technology journeyman, cuts materials for a face mask April, 9, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

Airman 1st Class Taylor Frost, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft metals technology journeyman, cuts materials for a face mask April, 9, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Frost and members of the 56th EMS are creating 40-60 masks a day for Luke members to protect against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic. The 56th EMS and 944th Maintenance Group have implemented total force integration, combining the efforts of active duty and reserve military and civilians to combat the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Leala Marquez)

A 3D printer creates a component for a face shield April 9, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

A 3D printer creates a component for a face shield April 9, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Members of the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron printed 30 face shields and 120 tension bars for 56th Medical Group personnel to use amidst the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic. The 56th EMS and 944th Maintenance Group have implemented total force integration, combining the efforts of active duty and reserve military and civilians to combat the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Leala Marquez)

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. --

Luke Airmen are helping fight Coronavirus Disease 2019 by supplying protective equipment for medical professionals and essential employees assigned to Luke.

EMS Airmen are using 3D printers and other equipment to create personal protective equipment, including face shields, tension bars and masks, for the 56th Medical Group and Luke military members. These 3-D printers are typically used by EMS to print prototype fixtures.

“We were able to find on the National Institute for Health website the face shields that we’re actually authorized to print and that are allowed to be used in the medical community,” said Tech. Sgt. Robert Burns, 56th EMS noncommissioned officer in charge of metals technology. “The sheet metals shop next door is doing the clear part of the face shields.”

In addition to the 3D printing accomplished at the shop, some Airmen used their personal home equipment to create masks. Overall 30 masks and 120 tension bars have been printed.

In combination with the active duty efforts Air Reserve Staff Sgt. Terri Miller, 944th Maintenance Group aircraft metals technology technician, has been sewing masks from donated materials and material she purchased, making over 300 masks for Luke essential workers.

“The idea started because my friend’s little girl has leukemia, I started by making her masks,” said Miller. “I’ve made masks for a doctor in Maryland, a dentist in Ohio, a nurse in Oklahoma. I’ve sent them all over the country. When it became a [DOD] mandate on Sunday, I walked in on Monday morning with 16 in hand.”

The effort to combat COVID-19 has demonstrated how Airmen can make a difference in protecting military members, their families and the community through their contributions during adversity.

“It’s the total force integration concept,” said Burns. “There’s a lot of bases where with active duty and reserve the relationship is not there, here at Luke it is. We work together to get the mission done whether it’s fixing airplanes or getting through a pandemic.”