ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – When we think of Dyess Air Force Base, we think of the men and women that serve and protect us everyday. But, how do the airmen work to serve their own?

They say it’s all about identifying a problem and finding a solution. This is exactly what happened with the introduction of three new rooms for mothers on base.

Being a mom is already a job in itself. Add on top of that a full-time job and trying to plan where you can privately breastfeed or pump for your baby. For moms at Dyess Air Force Base, finding that privacy just got easier.

Senior Airman Katherine Miller is a photojournalist at Dyess Air Force Base. On top of that, she’s a mom to 10-month-old Jackson.

“Being a mom is a full-time job,” Miller says. “Whether you’re at work or at home or on vacation. You’re a mom 24/7.”

Like many moms, she chose to breastfeed. But, when she returned to work, finding a place to pump privately was a challenge.

“Unfortunately, I found myself in a bathroom more often than not,” she say. “Using a bathroom, it’s just really gross. Really disgusting. It was almost degrading.”

But now, moms like Katherine at Dyess have a new option. It’s a nursing room. The third of its kind on base.

“You’re able to not only keep your time devoted to not only your job, but being a mom,” Miller says.

According to Col. Teresa Roberts, the nursing room was identified as a need.

“We have a women’s organization here on base,” Col. Roberts says. “They identified that as a need that they would like addressed.”

“I’ve watched my wife go through this,” Lt. Col. Jerry Ottinger says. “Whether it’s in a restaurant or anywhere.”

As a father of seven, this is a struggle Lt. Col. Jerry Ottinger knows all too well. He says after talking to mothers on base about where they go to breast feed, something had to be done.

“I found out people are going to their cars and going to bathrooms to take care of pumping and breastfeeding,” Lt. Col. Ottinger says. “That’s just totally unacceptable.”

And having these rooms available helps not only the mother and child, but missions at Dyess.

“This is one of those cares that you have to consider when you have a workforce that has families,” Lt. Col. Ottinger says.

Mothers like Katherine say it makes the transition of returning to work after having a baby that much easier.

The rooms are open to mothers that work on base or are civilians at Dyess.

Dyess staff transformed empty rooms that were no longer in use to create the nursing rooms. The only items that needed to be funded were changing tables.