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Medical Airmen, volunteers keep blood supply flowing
Staff Sgt. Jessica Kinser, left, 379th Expeditionary Medical Group Blood Transshipment Center (BTC) lab technician, shows Staff Sgt. Jasmine Gates (center) and Staff Sgt. Alexis Ellingson, both 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron aeromedical evacuation technicians, how to process blood for storage at the BTC Jan. 9, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Ellingson and Gates volunteered to prepare blood products for transport at the BTC. The BTC is comprised of a four-person team that orchestrates the flow of blood and platelet products to 72 forward operating locations and eight mobile field surgical teams throughout U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)