“…I conquered a fear today…”

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  • By Airman 1st Class Douglas P. Lorance
  • 9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs

“I saw a flier advertising the blood drive and thought about how it’s been on my bucket list to donate blood. I’ve always been terrified of needles, but life is about getting over your fears and overcoming obstacles. Plus, I potentially helped someone by giving blood since you can only get it from another living source. Once I looked at it from that angle, I knew donating blood was something I needed to do. While donating, I focused on what the outcome would be to minimize my anxiety. By thinking about how my blood could potentially save someone’s life, I was able to ease my tension about needles and I conquered a fear today. The Air Force taught me if you stay focused on the end goal, you can get through anything.”

Tech Sgt Julian Jones, 9th Security Forces Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of pass and registration

Hometown: College Park, Georgia