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Spouses volunteer to produce masks during pandemic

Jennifer Sumangil, Dyess Spouse's Club member, distributes fabric to spouses volunteering to make face-masks at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, April 11, 2020.

Jennifer Sumangil, Dyess Spouse's Club presidential adviser, distributes fabric to spouses volunteering to make face masks at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, April 11, 2020. Spouses volunteered to make face masks to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Reilly McGuire)

Allyson Wiseman, Dyess Spouse's Club member, distributes fabric to spouses volunteering to make face-masks at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas April 11, 2020.

Allyson Wiseman, Dyess Spouse's Club member, distributes fabric to spouses volunteering to make face masks at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas April 11, 2020. The Dyess Spouse’s Club dispersed fabric through a vehicle convoy in order to maintain social distancing standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Reilly McGuire)

Kelly Miller, Dyess Spouse's Club president, smiles under a face-mask at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, April 14, 2020.

Kelly Miller, Dyess Spouse's Club president, shows off a home-made face mask at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, April 14, 2020. The group kick-started the effort to supply face masks for Dyess Air Force Base. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman Reilly McGuire)

A completed mask is displayed with donated fabric.

A completed mask is displayed with donated fabric. Dyess spouses are projecting to produce approximately 1400 masks. (Courtesy photo by Maj. Jeremy Miller)

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Over 60 spouses from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas recently volunteered to make face masks in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the increased demand for supplies, spouses have volunteered to make face masks for medical professionals and those in the Abilene and Dyess communities.

The spouses are working diligently to cut, sew and distribute the masks in a timely manner. What started as a smaller effort by the Dyess Spouse’s Club has extended to spouses all over Dyess who are working to keep the base safe.

“It’s amazing that something so small has turned into what it has,” said Kelly Miller, President of the Dyess Spouse’s Club. “Spouses are often forgotten and we’re showing our impact during a critical time. I’m so thankful for the great community we have here.”

The Dyess Spouse’s Club’s efforts were immediately recognized by Dyess Leadership. When asked if they were able to make masks for Dyess families, the club recruited help from spouses around the base.

“When I heard that our Team Dyess spouses were making masks I was extremely grateful, but not surprised,” said Col. Ed Sumangil, 7th Bomb Wing commander. “Our spouses have consistently shown their commitment and they play an essential role in ensuring that our families are well taken care of, which enables our Airmen to accomplish our mission to defend our great nation.”

The Dyess Spouse’s Club project has received support from the Abilene Military Affairs Committee, The B-1 Store and the Dyess Chief’s Group to ensure that the club’s goal is accomplished.

“With the closure of the thrift store, our primary source of income is currently not available,” said Miller. “We wouldn’t be able to accomplish this goal without the funding of these groups.”

The “Dyess Mask Squad” as it has been called by the group’s volunteers, is projecting to make approximately 1400 masks.