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Saving lives one drop at a time

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A group of Airmen relax while their blood is collected during a blood drive at the education center here Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. The drive, which was sponsored by the 576th Flight Test Squadron's Top 3, assisted the United Blood Services in receiving more than 50 units of blood. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Heather R. Shaw)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A group of Airmen relax while their blood is collected during a blood drive at the education center here Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. The drive, which was sponsored by the 576th Flight Test Squadron's Top 3, assisted the United Blood Services in receiving more than 50 units of blood. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Heather R. Shaw)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- After collecting a blood donation, United Blood Services registered nurse Deanna Soderholm, removes the needle from a patient's arm during a blood drive held at the education center here Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. Blood drives help collect blood for the more than 60 percent of the population that will need to receive blood at some point in their life. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Heather R. Shaw)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- After collecting a blood donation, United Blood Services registered nurse Deanna Soderholm, removes the needle from a patient's arm during a blood drive held at the education center here Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. Blood drives help collect blood for the more than 60 percent of the population that will need to receive blood at some point in their life. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Heather R. Shaw)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- After collecting a blood donation, United Blood Services registered nurse Deanna Soderholm, removes the needle from a patient's arm during a blood drive held at the education center here Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. Blood drives help collect blood for the more than 60 percent of the population that will need to receive blood at some point in their life. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Heather R. Shaw)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- After collecting a blood donation, United Blood Services registered nurse Deanna Soderholm, removes the needle from a patient's arm during a blood drive held at the education center here Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. Blood drives help collect blood for the more than 60 percent of the population that will need to receive blood at some point in their life. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Heather R. Shaw)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Waiting patiently, 2nd Lt. Christopher Walraven, a student at the 392nd Training Squadron, looks away as Deanna Soderholm, a registered nurse from the United Blood Services, removes the needle from his arm during a blood drive here Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. The blood drive was sponsored by the 576th Flight Test Squadron's Top 3. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Heather R. Shaw)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Waiting patiently, 2nd Lt. Christopher Walraven, a student at the 392nd Training Squadron, looks away as Deanna Soderholm, a registered nurse from the United Blood Services, removes the needle from his arm during a blood drive here Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. The blood drive was sponsored by the 576th Flight Test Squadron's Top 3. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Heather R. Shaw)