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Whiteman AFB celebrates lab week

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps, a laboratory technician assigned to the 509th Medical Support Squadron, tests a throat swab for strep using a rapid strep testing kit at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 19, 2017. Technicians work hand-in-hand with primary care physicians to provide patients with a proper diagnosis and treatment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps, a laboratory technician assigned to the 509th Medical Support Squadron, tests a throat swab for strep using a rapid strep testing kit at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 19, 2017. Technicians work hand-in-hand with primary care physicians to provide patients with a proper diagnosis and treatment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

Airmen assigned to the 509th Medical Support Squadron stop for a photo during “Medical Laboratory Professionals Week” at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 24, 2017. The shop’s team is divided into five sections: chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology and urinalysis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

Airmen assigned to the 509th Medical Support Squadron stop for a photo during “Medical Laboratory Professionals Week” at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 24, 2017. The shop’s team is divided into five sections: chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology and urinalysis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Laura Bass, the 509th Medical Support Squadron diagnostics and therapeutic flight chief, checks a sample for bacteria and parasites at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 21, 2017. If bacteria is identified, testing can be performed to determine which antibiotics the patient can use to treat the infection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Laura Bass, the 509th Medical Support Squadron diagnostics and therapeutic flight chief, checks a sample for bacteria and parasites at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 21, 2017. If bacteria is identified, testing can be performed to determine which antibiotics the patient can use to treat the infection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jon Ringenoldus, a laboratory technician assigned to the 509th Medical Support Squadron, places a bacitracin disk on the media to inhibit growth of Strep A species at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 21, 2017. Bacitracin disks help the technicians determine if the organism is susceptible or resistant to the antibiotic, which aids in determining which particular strain of strep species they are dealing with. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jon Ringenoldus, a laboratory technician assigned to the 509th Medical Support Squadron, places a bacitracin disk on the media to inhibit growth of Strep A species at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 21, 2017. Bacitracin disks help the technicians determine if the organism is susceptible or resistant to the antibiotic, which aids in determining which particular strain of strep species they are dealing with. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jon Ringenoldus, a laboratory technician assigned to the 509th Medical Support Squadron, collects a blood sample from a patient at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 21, 2017. Much of the work goes on behind the scenes where technicians test and analyze specimens. Together, the lab performs more than 100,000 tests a year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jon Ringenoldus, a laboratory technician assigned to the 509th Medical Support Squadron, collects a blood sample from a patient at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 21, 2017. Much of the work goes on behind the scenes where technicians test and analyze specimens. Together, the lab performs more than 100,000 tests a year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps, a laboratory technician assigned to the 509th Medical Support Squadron, tests a throat swab for strep using a rapid strep testing kit at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 19, 2017. Technicians work hand-in-hand with primary care physicians to provide patients with a proper diagnosis and treatment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith)