German military veteran donates face shields


German Navy veteran and businessman Michael Müller (left) and Wiesbaden Red Cross leadership partner Chris Bowen load a vehicle with a box of face shields Müller’s company donated to the Red Cross May 28 on Clay Kaserne. Müller and his business partner, Klaus Nowak, donated 2,600 of the face shields to the Wiesbaden Red Cross.

In a gesture of German-American friendship and partnership, German Navy veteran and reservist Michael Müller and his business partner Klaus Nowak donated 2,600 face shields to the Wiesbaden Red Cross May 28.

The face shields are produced by their company and can be washed and reused. The shields look like a clear visor that comes down over the eyes, nose and mouth and are used to reduce transmission of aerosol droplets between people.

“Receiving these masks from our host nation friends is a true sign of friendship,” said Regan Jefferson, Wiesbaden Red Cross program manager.


German Navy veteran and businessman Michael Müller (left) explains the features of the face shields his company makes to Regan Jefferson, Wiesbaden Red Cross program manager; Col. Noah Cloud, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander; and Julian Coates, Red Cross program director for Central Europe, May 28 on Clay Kaserne.

The face shields are being distributed throughout the community to help protect those who cannot socially distance themselves from others, due to the nature of their jobs.

They will be used in places across the Garrison like the child-care facilities and post office, as well as shopping and food service locations, Jefferson said.

“The American Red Cross truly appreciates the gift and support of the local community as we all work to stop the spread of the coronavirus so that our world can return to normal,” she said.