Robins Frontlines: Tifany Gatewood

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Tifany Gatewood, 572nd Commodities Maintenance Squadron fabric worker, manufactures masks to keep Robins Air Force Base workers protected while serving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to ensuring their normal mission functions are carried out, the 572nd Commodities Maintenance Squadron, Fabric and Foam Shop, is making masks to keep base workers protected as they serve during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic.

The 572nd CMXS which is a part of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, manufactures and repairs a multitude of aircraft products, including foam structures, blankets and support slings for aircraft like the C-5, C-130, C-17, F-15, and the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft as part of its day-to-day mission.

With the workforce’s need for masks becoming a pressing issue during the COVID-19 pandemic, base leaders called upon the shop to make face coverings for units across the installation.

“We had to figure out how to protect not only ourselves, but also how to protect Robins as a whole,” said Bobby Jones, 572nd first line supervisor. “We have 10 people in our shop. About half of them are working on the masks while the others are focusing on our shop’s main mission,” he said.

Jones said the shop has made more than 500 masks since it started around mid-April.

As the crew completes masks, Jones said his leadership works with other units around the base to distribute them where they are needed.

“It amazes me how well our shop is performing under pressure and meeting the challenge of their mission on top of providing valuable personal protective equipment for Robins during this pandemic,” said Jones. “They’ve worked tirelessly to make sure the heart of our mission – the people – are taken care of while they are taking care of the warfighter.”

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