Fort Bragg soldiers make masks to fight coronavirus pandemic

Fort Bragg soldiers make masks to fight coronavirus pandemic
In this April 17, 2020 photo, a U.S. Army paratrooper assigned to the 347th Quartermaster Company sews together a cloth face mask at Fort Bragg, N.C. Parachute riggers are constructing PPE, while continuing to support Fort Bragg's ongoing Airborne operations. (Source: AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - It’s become a competition for the soldiers of 647th Quartermaster Company to see who can crank out the most face masks during a shift to protect against the coronavirus.

The parachute rigging unit is essential to Airborne operations at Fort Bragg.

On any given day, their shed is filled with paratroopers in red ball caps, busy packing parachutes and readying supplies for jumps.

While that work continues, soldiers across the room are laser focused on tiny pins and buzzing sewing machines.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, riggers are now making hundreds of cloth face masks per day to fight the virus for personnel around the sprawling Army base in North Carolina.

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