Split screen of Veteran Robert Parker and his son John Parker


June 26, 2020

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For Ford worker Robert Parker, a U.S. Army veteran of Desert Storm, the fight against COVID-19 felt extra personal. He has family members in the healthcare industry, as well as a son, Staff Sgt. and B-1 bomber Crew Chief John Paul Parker, currently serving at Ellsworth Air Force base in South Dakota.

Robert’s son’s base, as well as others across the country, were experiencing shortages of personal protective equipment during the pandemic. Robert wanted to help and do his part. He stepped up and decided to answer the call, just like when he joined the Army when he was younger.

Robert is assembling face shields at Ford subsidiary Troy Design Manufacturing (TDM) and is one of the many volunteer workers building much-needed medical supplies for front-line responders, healthcare workers, COVID-19 patients and current military members – just like his son.

As a tradesman at Ford subsidiary TDM for 28 years, Robert has been putting his skills to the test, 10 hours a day, seven days a week. Ford began making face shields on March 23 and, since then, Parker and his fellow volunteers have shipped them all across the country, including to his son’s military base.

Ford is grateful to Robert for stepping up again in our time of need. Thank you for your service.