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Airmen measure, saw, hammer for community

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tech. Sgt. Kalon Pang and Master Sgt. Cindy Dickson, instructors assigned to the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, assemble a doorframe August 18, 2015, that will be used in a home building project. About a dozen military volunteers took part in the two-day Habitat for Humanity project here inside the organization's wood shop. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Mike R. Smith/Released)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tech. Sgt. Kalon Pang and Master Sgt. Cindy Dickson, instructors assigned to the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, assemble a doorframe August 18, 2015, that will be used in a home building project. About a dozen military volunteers took part in the two-day Habitat for Humanity project here inside the organization's wood shop. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Mike R. Smith/Released)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Master Sgt. Don Pierson, a manager assigned to the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, cuts lumber inside a wood shop August 18, 2015, to fabricate window and door frames. About a dozen military volunteers took part in the two-day Habitat for Humanity project in North Knoxville. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Mike R. Smith/Released)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Master Sgt. Don Pierson, a manager assigned to the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, cuts lumber inside a wood shop August 18, 2015, to fabricate window and door frames. About a dozen military volunteers took part in the two-day Habitat for Humanity project in North Knoxville. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Mike R. Smith/Released)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- About a dozen military volunteers took part in a Habitat for Humanity project here August 18-19 to pre-fabricate utility sheds as well as door and window frames.

The I.G. Brown Training and Education Center's instructors and staff from McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base spent several hours in Habitat's wood shop in North Knoxville each day cutting wood and nailing together shed, window and door sections for assembly during home construction projects. 

"It's outstanding to have the help," said Ken Cruikshank, a volunteer crew leader for Habitat.

Cruikshank said that fabricating the shed sections at their Washington Avenue office cuts the time building them on site by about 50 hours.

The Knoxville Habitat builds and donates an average 25 homes each year, he said. There's no garages built, but each home gets a shed for storage. Habitat's web site calls their homes decent and affordable for people in need.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kalon Pang, an enlisted professional military education instructor, said that he hopes to expand his assistance with the organization. He contacted them initially and organized the effort because of his own interest to volunteer.  

"Being from Oklahoma, I see these projects a lot because of the tornados, so I always wanted to do this," he said. "It's a good feeling to see people who need these houses get them."

Pang said that the volunteers also strengthened their camaraderie from building together.