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Charlie Wilson, 22nd Medical Support Squadron lab technician, uses a microscope at a hemotology section July 8, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Wilson examined a blood sample for abnormal lymphocytes. Information received from examinations can enhance Airmen’s health. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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A microscope is used to observe a blood sample July 8, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. McConnell Laboratory’s hemoglobin station is used to examine iron levels, red and white blood cell counts and other information that can provide insights about Airmen’s health. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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Airman 1st Class Carlo Bautista, 22nd Medical Support Squadron lab technician, prepares to draw blood from Tech. Sgt. Michael Roray, 22nd Force Support Squadron lodging noncommissioned officer in-charge July 8, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Before blood is drawn, a tourniquet is applied to allow the veins to be more visible so that the technician is able to pinpoint an area to insert the needle. (U.S. Air Force by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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Blood collection tubes are prepared for use July 8, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. The colors differentiate the use of the tube for specific tests. Blood is collected for blood count, chemistry, glucose and other tests that are not available at McConnell and must be shipped to other installations for results. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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Airman 1st Class Carlo Bautista, 22nd Medical Support Squadron lab technician, uses a vacutainer to collect a blood sample July 8, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Blood samples are run through a series of tests at McConnell and other lab facilities, including one at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Charlie Wilson, 22nd Medical Support Squadron lab technician, uses a microscope at a hemotology section July 8, 2019, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Wilson examined a blood sample for abnormal lymphocytes. Information received from examinations can enhance Airmen’s health. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)