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Ellsworth receives masks, distributes to work centers

Tech. Sgt. Justin Lott, a 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron asset management section chief, prepares face masks for distribution to the base at the Flight Service Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 21, 2020. The 28th Contracting Squadron ordered 7,300 face masks for base dissemination, in an effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Tech. Sgt. Justin Lott, a 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron asset management section chief, prepares face masks for distribution to the base at the Flight Service Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 21, 2020. The 28th Contracting Squadron ordered 7,300 face masks for base dissemination, in an effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Tech. Sgt. Justin Lott, a 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron asset management section chief, provides a customer with face masks at the Flight Service Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 21, 2020. The 28th Contracting Squadron ordered 7,300 face masks for base dissemination, in an effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Tech. Sgt. Justin Lott, a 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron asset management section chief, provides a customer with face masks at the Flight Service Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., April 21, 2020. The 28th Contracting Squadron ordered 7,300 face masks for base dissemination, in an effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Maj. Saira McGan, the 28th Logistics Readiness operations officer, procures face masks for her squadron at the Flight Service Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base., April 21, 2020. The 28th Contracting Squadron ordered 7,300 face masks for base dissemination, in an effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Maj. Saira McGan, the 28th Logistics Readiness operations officer, procures face masks for her squadron at the Flight Service Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base., April 21, 2020. The 28th Contracting Squadron ordered 7,300 face masks for base dissemination, in an effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- A shipment of more than 4,000 face masks arrived at the 28th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base April 21.

More than 7,000 masks were procured by the 28th Contracting Squadron in an effort to battle the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), with the 28th LRS distributing the first shipment April 22.

“We’re going to issue them out to either squadron chiefs or [Unit Deployment Managers],” said Maj. Saira McGan, the 28th Logistics Readiness operations officer. “They know who needs them in their units and they can distribute as they see fit.”

All individuals on Air Force installations and facilities are required to wear cloth face coverings when they are unable to maintain six feet of distance in work centers or public spaces per Department of Defense policy.

According to Maj. Rebecca Ban, the 28th CONS commander, these masks are washable dual-layer cotton masks in a solid black color, and a second shipment will arrive shortly.

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