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A collection specialist from the Arkansas Blood Institute draws blood from an Airman during the blood drive at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., August 4, 2019. The blood donation is a four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, followed by the donation. Each donation of 1-pint can contribute to saving up to 3 lives. While Airmen’s main focus is readiness training during Unit Training Assembly, the blood drive allowed Airmen to take a break from training and give back to the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)

A collection specialist from the Arkansas Blood Institute draws blood from an Airman during the blood drive at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., August 4, 2019. The blood donation is a four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, followed by the donation. Each donation of 1-pint can contribute to saving up to 3 lives. While Airmen’s main focus is readiness training during Unit Training Assembly, the blood drive allowed Airmen to take a break from training and give back to the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)

Airmen from Team Little Rock donate blood and blood platelets during a blood drive held on August 4, 2019, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The blood drive was a chance for the Airmen to take a break from readiness training to give back to the community. Without volunteer blood donors, Arkansas Blood Institute could not adequately serve patients and hospitals in the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)

Airmen from Team Little Rock donate blood and blood platelets during a blood drive held on August 4, 2019, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The blood drive was a chance for the Airmen to take a break from readiness training to give back to the community. Without volunteer blood donors, Arkansas Blood Institute could not adequately serve patients and hospitals in the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)

An Airman participates in a blood drive conducted by the Arkansas Blood Institute at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., August 4, 2019. The Arkansas Blood Institute is a non-profit blood center whose volunteer donors provide every drop of blood needed by patients in 40 Arkansas hospitals. The number one reason donors say they give blood is because they “want to help others.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Byrnes)

An Airman participates in a blood drive conducted by the Arkansas Blood Institute at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., August 4, 2019. The Arkansas Blood Institute is a non-profit blood center whose volunteer donors provide every drop of blood needed by patients in 40 Arkansas hospitals. The number one reason donors say they give blood is because they “want to help others.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Byrnes)

Team Little Rock Airmen donate blood and blood platelets during a blood drive held on August 4, 2019, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. In order to extract platelets, specialists use apheresis machines to draw blood and return the unused portions of the donor. Platelets are tiny cells in the body that form clots and stop bleeding. They are essential to surviving traumatic injuries. Platelets must be used within five days and new donors are needed every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)

Team Little Rock Airmen donate blood and blood platelets during a blood drive held on August 4, 2019, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. In order to extract platelets, specialists use apheresis machines to draw blood and return the unused portions of the donor. Platelets are tiny cells in the body that form clots and stop bleeding. They are essential to surviving traumatic injuries. Platelets must be used within five days and new donors are needed every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)

Airmen from Team Little Rock donate blood and blood platelets during a blood drive held on August 4, 2019, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The blood drive was a chance for the Airmen to take a break from readiness training to give back to the community. Without volunteer blood donors, Arkansas Blood Institute could not adequately serve patients and hospitals in the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)

Airmen from Team Little Rock donate blood and blood platelets during a blood drive held on August 4, 2019, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The blood drive was a chance for the Airmen to take a break from readiness training to give back to the community. Without volunteer blood donors, Arkansas Blood Institute could not adequately serve patients and hospitals in the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)

A collection specialist from the Arkansas Blood Institute prepares equipment to draw blood from an Airman during the blood drive at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., August 4, 2019. The blood donation is a four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, followed by the donation. Each donation of 1-pint can contribute to saving up to 3 lives. While Airmen’s main focus is readiness training during Unit Training Assembly, the blood drive allowed Airmen to take a break from training and give back to the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)

A collection specialist from the Arkansas Blood Institute prepares equipment to draw blood from an Airman during the blood drive at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., August 4, 2019. The blood donation is a four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, followed by the donation. Each donation of 1-pint can contribute to saving up to 3 lives. While Airmen’s main focus is readiness training during Unit Training Assembly, the blood drive allowed Airmen to take a break from training and give back to the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)

A collection specialist from the Arkansas Blood Institute prepares equipment to draw blood from an Airman during the blood drive at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., August 4, 2019. The blood donation is a four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, followed by the donation. Each donation of 1-pint can contribute to saving up to 3 lives. While Airmen’s main focus is readiness training during Unit Training Assembly, the blood drive allowed Airmen to take a break from training and give back to the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)

A collection specialist from the Arkansas Blood Institute prepares equipment to draw blood from an Airman during the blood drive at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., August 4, 2019. The blood donation is a four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, followed by the donation. Each donation of 1-pint can contribute to saving up to 3 lives. While Airmen’s main focus is readiness training during Unit Training Assembly, the blood drive allowed Airmen to take a break from training and give back to the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)

Team Little Rock Airmen donate blood and blood platelets during a blood drive held on August 4, 2019, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. In order to extract platelets, specialists use apheresis machines to draw blood and return the unused portions of the donor. Platelets are tiny cells in the body that form clots and stop bleeding. They are essential to surviving traumatic injuries. Platelets must be used within five days and new donors are needed every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)

Team Little Rock Airmen donate blood and blood platelets during a blood drive held on August 4, 2019, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. In order to extract platelets, specialists use apheresis machines to draw blood and return the unused portions of the donor. Platelets are tiny cells in the body that form clots and stop bleeding. They are essential to surviving traumatic injuries. Platelets must be used within five days and new donors are needed every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)

A collection specialist from the Arkansas Blood Institute draws blood from an Airman during the blood drive at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., August 4, 2019. The blood donation is a four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, followed by the donation. Each donation of 1-pint can contribute to saving up to 3 lives. While Airmen’s main focus is readiness training during Unit Training Assembly, the blood drive allowed Airmen to take a break from training and give back to the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)

A collection specialist from the Arkansas Blood Institute draws blood from an Airman during the blood drive at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., August 4, 2019. The blood donation is a four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, followed by the donation. Each donation of 1-pint can contribute to saving up to 3 lives. While Airmen’s main focus is readiness training during Unit Training Assembly, the blood drive allowed Airmen to take a break from training and give back to the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)

A collection specialist from the Arkansas Blood Institute draws blood from an Airman during the blood drive at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., August 4, 2019. The blood donation is a four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, followed by the donation. Each donation of 1-pint can contribute to saving up to 3 lives. While Airmen’s main focus is readiness training during Unit Training Assembly, the blood drive allowed Airmen to take a break from training and give back to the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)
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A collection specialist from the Arkansas Blood Institute draws blood from an Airman during the blood drive at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., August 4, 2019. The blood donation is a four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, followed by the donation. Each donation of 1-pint can contribute to saving up to 3 lives. While Airmen’s main focus is readiness training during Unit Training Assembly, the blood drive allowed Airmen to take a break from training and give back to the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- A collection specialist from the Arkansas Blood Institute draws blood from an Airman during the blood drive at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., August 4, 2019. The blood donation is a four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, followed by the donation. Each donation of 1-pint can contribute to saving up to 3 lives. While Airmen’s main focus is readiness training during Unit Training Assembly, the blood drive allowed Airmen to take a break from training and give back to the community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nathan Byrnes)