Drawing blood, saving lives

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Staff Sgt. Andrea Vasquez, 86th Medical Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of hematology, observes a vial of blood before placing it in a centrifuge on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 5, 2017. The centrifuge helps identify abnormalities in blood, which is vital to saving lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

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Staff Sgt. Andrea Vasquez, 86th Medical Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of hematology, demonstrates placing vials in a centrifuge for blood analysis on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 5, 2017. The centrifuge spins to separate blood so technicians can examine it for indicators such as cholesterol levels, liver enzymes and electrolytes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

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Staff Sgt. Andrea Vasquez, 86th Medical Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of hematology, creates a blood smear on a slide on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 5, 2017. Vasquez observed the slide under a microscope to determine blood cell count. The count is intended to aid the patient’s medical provider in determining a diagnosis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

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Staff Sgt. Andrea Vasquez, 86th Medical Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of hematology, observes a pregnancy test on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 5, 2017. The 86th MDSS Medical Laboratory tests body fluids such as urine and blood for a variety of factors, including pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease and yeast infection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

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Senior Airman Rocco Girone, 86th Medical Support Squadron Medical Laboratory technician, draws blood from a patient on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 5, 2017. The 86th MDSS Medical Laboratory technicians test body fluids such as blood and urine, as well as throat swabs, and record normal and abnormal findings to aid the patient’s medical provider in determining a diagnosis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

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Senior Airman Steven Carter, 86th Medical Support Squadron Medical Laboratory technician, observes a blood slide under a microscope on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 5, 2017. The 86th MDSS Medical Laboratory technicians test body fluids such as blood and urine as well as throat swabs and record normal and abnormal findings to aid the patient’s medical provider in determining a diagnosis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

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Senior Airman Steven Carter, 86th Medical Support Squadron Medical Laboratory technician, places a slide under a microscope on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 5, 2017. The 86th MDSS Medical Laboratory tests body fluids such as blood and urine to help medical providers reach a diagnosis. The lab gives Ramstein personnel and families convenient, on-base access to medical care and helps maintain a healthy base population. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany --