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EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Members of the 354th Fighter Wing donate blood at the Blood Bank of Alaska, Fairbanks mobile blood drive at the base theater here on 21 Nov. The Blood Bank of Alaska supplies blood to military and civilian hospitals throughout Alaska. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Members of the 354th Fighter Wing donate blood at the Blood Bank of Alaska, Fairbanks mobile blood drive at the base theater here on 21 Nov. The Blood Bank of Alaska supplies blood to military and civilian hospitals throughout Alaska. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Airman Kyle Kremer, 354th Medical Group, 354th Fighter Wing, Eielson AFB, Alaska, donates blood to the Blood Bank of Alaska during their mobile blood drive here 21 Nov. The Blood Bank of Alaska supplies blood to military and civilian hospitals throughout Alaska.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Airman Kyle Kremer, 354th Medical Group, 354th Fighter Wing, Eielson AFB, Alaska, donates blood to the Blood Bank of Alaska during their mobile blood drive here 21 Nov. The Blood Bank of Alaska supplies blood to military and civilian hospitals throughout Alaska. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Susan Baker, manager, Blood Bank of Alaska Fairbanks Center, checks the blood collection of Airman Kyle Kremer, 354th Medical Group, during the Blood Bank's mobile blood drive here on 21 Nov. The Blood Bank of Alaska supplies blood to military and civilian hospitals throughout Alaska.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Susan Baker, manager, Blood Bank of Alaska Fairbanks Center, checks the blood collection of Airman Kyle Kremer, 354th Medical Group, during the Blood Bank's mobile blood drive here on 21 Nov. The Blood Bank of Alaska supplies blood to military and civilian hospitals throughout Alaska. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A member of the Alaska Blood Bank creates segments in a blood sample during the mobile blood drive here on 21 Nov. The segments are used by a hospital to double check the blood type contained in the bag to make sure it matches what is on the label.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A member of the Alaska Blood Bank creates segments in a blood sample during the mobile blood drive here on 21 Nov. The segments are used by a hospital to double check the blood type contained in the bag to make sure it matches what is on the label. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Airman Kyle Kremer, 354th Medical Group, gets blood drawn during the Blood Bank of Alaska's mobile blood drive here on 21 Nov. The Blood Bank of Alaska supplies blood to military and civilian hospitals throughout Alaska.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Airman Kyle Kremer, 354th Medical Group, gets blood drawn during the Blood Bank of Alaska's mobile blood drive here on 21 Nov. The Blood Bank of Alaska supplies blood to military and civilian hospitals throughout Alaska. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A member of the Blood Bank of Alaska uses Iodine to clean the injection area of Master Sgt Troy Baird, 354th Communications Squadron, during the mobile blood drive here on 21 Nov. The Blood Bank of Alaska supplies blood to military and civilian hospitals throughout Alaska.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A member of the Blood Bank of Alaska uses Iodine to clean the injection area of Master Sgt Troy Baird, 354th Communications Squadron, during the mobile blood drive here on 21 Nov. The Blood Bank of Alaska supplies blood to military and civilian hospitals throughout Alaska. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A member of the Blood Bank of Alaska inserts a needle into Master Sgt Troy Baird, 354th Communications Squadron, during the mobile blood drive here on 21 Nov. The Blood Bank of Alaska supplies blood to military and civilian hospitals throughout Alaska.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A member of the Blood Bank of Alaska inserts a needle into Master Sgt Troy Baird, 354th Communications Squadron, during the mobile blood drive here on 21 Nov. The Blood Bank of Alaska supplies blood to military and civilian hospitals throughout Alaska. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Susan Baker, manager, Blood Bank of Alaska Fairbanks Center, collects blood from Airman Kyle Kremer, 354th Medical Group, during the Blood Bank's mobile blood drive here on 21 Nov. The Blood Bank of Alaska supplies blood to military and civilian hospitals throughout Alaska.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Susan Baker, manager, Blood Bank of Alaska Fairbanks Center, collects blood from Airman Kyle Kremer, 354th Medical Group, during the Blood Bank's mobile blood drive here on 21 Nov. The Blood Bank of Alaska supplies blood to military and civilian hospitals throughout Alaska. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Master Sgt Troy Baird gets the mark of honor as a member of the Blood Bank of Alaska covers the spot where he gave blood during the mobile blood drive here on 21 Nov. The Blood Bank of Alaska supplies blood to military and civilian hospitals throughout Alaska.
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Master Sgt Troy Baird gets the mark of honor as a member of the Blood Bank of Alaska covers the spot where he gave blood during the mobile blood drive here on 21 Nov. The Blood Bank of Alaska supplies blood to military and civilian hospitals throughout Alaska. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt Joshua Strang)