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2 Military Blood Program Officers Win Prestigious Quarterly Awards
By Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer
Air Force Tech Sgt. LeVaughn Grant (left) and Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Alphonso Johnson (right)
In January, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Alphonso Johnson and Air Force Tech. Sgt. Levaughn Grant, both from the Armed Services Whole Blood Processing Laboratory-West at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., were recognized with quarterly awards.
“Congratulations to Tech. Sgt. Grant and Petty Officer Johnson,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Jerome Vinluan, deputy director of the Armed Services Blood Program. “Thanks for all you do on a daily basis. Thanks as well ASWBPL-West leadership and entire team. This is certainly a reflection of your leadership. We are proud of you all.”
Johnson Receives Navy Medicine West FY16 Sailor of the 4th Quarter
Johnson, who has been in the military for approximately 18 years, is the noncommissioned officer and lead petty officer for the ASWBPL-West. His job is to aid the facility’s officer in charge in the overall management of all operations, training and missions.
According to Air Force 1st Lt. Rafael Dy, officer in charge of the ASWBPL-West, this is the first time ever that Navy Medicine West held a recognition for deserving Sailors from the Headquarters staff involving San Diego, California, the ASWBPL-West and Sailors in the Far East Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in Iwakuni, Japan.
“Petty Officer Johnson is long overdue for this quarterly award recognition,” Dy said. “He has been providing outstanding support and leadership to the whole ASWBPL-West team ever since he arrived. His maturity and military experience makes him an effective leader. I can always rely on him to get things done.”
“This position is among the most challenging and rewarding parts of my career,” Johnson said. “When I think about the ‘big picture,’ the ASBP has a huge impact on mission in a wide variety of areas and situations, not only for the military but for civilian entities as well.”
In addition to his main roles at the ASWBPL-West, Johnson is also the security manager, property custodian, lookback manager and alternate director of the ASWBPL-West. He also finds time to contribute to the local community by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.
“I have to thank my coworkers and friends for all of their hard work and dedication,” Johnson said. “Without them, none of this would have been possible.”
Grant Wins Air Force Element Noncommissioned Officer of the 4th Quarter
Grant, the ASWBPL-West noncommissioned officer in charge of education and training, has served in the Air Force for 15 years.
“The Air Force Element Medical Department of Defense is a geographically separated unit consisting of various agencies from 65 different locations across the globe,” Dy said. “Every quarter, the AFELM recognizes deserving Airmen who exceeds the Air Force's expectations.”
Grant has been at the ASWBPL-West for just over a year, but has already made a huge impact at the facility.
“After his arrival, he was given more than a handful of responsibilities that he accepted without hesitation,” Dy said. “He was put in charge of the Expeditionary Blood Transshipment System and frozen blood courses where he updated the curriculum to help improve the quality of training.”
Grant also dedicates his personal time to raise money for morale funds at the ASWBPL-West, which helped fund several events locally and recognized some of his previous coworkers during their departure. He was also selected to attend the First Sergeant Symposium to prepare himself to become a future first sergeant – a position, Dy said, usually held by senior noncommissioned officers.
“To be a part of the Armed Services Blood Program is like a dream come true in the medical lab career field,” Grant said. “I wake up every morning excited about going to work. The mission of the Armed Services Blood Program is important because of its global reach. We provide quality blood products and services for all worldwide customers in peace and war. I also enjoy the joint operation. I work closely with Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen daily to get our job done.”
“I am honored and extremely grateful to have both Tech. Sgt. Grant and Petty Officer Johnson working with us to make sure that we provide the maximum support to the Armed Services Blood Program by providing blood products that our Airmen, Sailors and Soldiers need across the globe,” Dy said. “They always have a positive attitude towards work regardless of the challenges they face. I am lucky to be surrounded by good people like them because they pull me up and makes me even want to work harder every day I come in to work.”
About the Armed Services Blood Program
Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program has served as the sole provider of blood for the United States military. As a tri-service organization, the ASBP collects, processes, stores and distributes blood and blood products to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families worldwide. As one of four national blood collection organizations trusted to ensure the nation has a safe, potent blood supply, the ASBP works closely with our civilian counterparts by sharing donors on military installations where there are no military blood collection centers and by sharing blood products in times of need to maximize availability of this national treasure. To find out more about the ASBP or to schedule an appointment to donate, please visit
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