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Kendrick Memorial Blood Center Thanks Donors at Annual Awards Ceremony

By Erin Longacre, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Gordon, Ga.
National Blood Donor Month, celebrated each January, is the perfect time to host events that shine the spotlight on the generosity of blood donors. Fort Gordon’s Kendrick Memorial Blood Center recently hosted its annual donor awards ceremony to recognize and thank those who donate their blood and those who help organize and support blood drives.

Kendrick is one of 10 Army donor centers and one of 20 military centers worldwide comprising the Armed Services Blood Program, which supplies blood products to service members and their families worldwide. Saving lives both on the battlefield and in military hospitals here at home takes a team of dedicated individuals working together, and having blood available whenever and wherever needed is a vital.

“Your lifesaving gift makes a difference here at home, as well as any of our operational theaters: PACOM, EUCOM, CENTCOM, and AFRICOM,” said Eisenhower Army Medical Center’s Chief of Blood Services, Army Lt. Col. Melanie Sloan, during a speech at the ceremony.

Sloan told those present about blood recipients like Army Lt. Nick Vogt, who was seriously wounded after stepping on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2011. Vogt’s story could have ended there if not for the dedication and expertise of military medical professionals and the selflessness of hundreds of donors. After his injuries, Vogt received more than 500 units of blood, plasma, and platelets — the most of any combat survivor in history.

“To our donors and supporters, we would like to extend a heartfelt and passionate ‘thanks!’ Without your support, we would not be able to provide the necessary healthcare to our wounded warriors, our family members, or our military community,” said Sloan.

Individual donors and coordinators were recognized at the ceremony, and several units were awarded for their level of participation and support. Holding the record for the highest level of donations on Fort Gordon is Carol Cox, from Eisenhower’s Cardiology clinic, at eight gallons.

Certificates and coins were presented to donors as well as milestone gifts ranging from fleece jackets to plaques. Statues and guidon streamers were presented to the highest participating military units, all from the 15th Signal Brigade. Below is the full list of awardees.

8 Gallons: Carol B. Cox

5 Gallons: Joseph M. Matosian

4 Gallons: John J. Curry

3 Gallons: Christoph P. Himmelsbach, Jody D. Stafford, Sgt. Tommy W. Teed

2 Gallons: Sgt. Khaldoon Alshammari, Staff Sgt. Clayton M. Downer, Christopher J. Dunford, Sarah L. Hodgson, Erick N. Kramer, Gerald Taylor

1 Gallon: JoAnn E. Adams, Susan D. Epps, James J. Breazeale, Maj. Bryan C. utcherson, Michael D. Ratliff, Amy L. Sherrill, John N. Strasser, Jr., Staff Sgt. Edward L. Salter, Staff Sgt. Daniel C. Villareal (posthumous), Arnold W. Wadding, Jennifer K. Wagner, Michael W. Welch

Unit Coordinators: Lt. David Abrams, E Co. 551; Lt. Shimar Brown, A Co. 551; 1st Sgt. Timothy Ferraro, D Co. 551/SAMC; Sgt. 1st Class Eric Faw, E Co. 551; Lt. Philip Glandon, A Co. 369; Lt. Julian Holloway, C Co. 551; Sgt. Evelyn Howell, Cyber School; Lt. Wells Lange, 73rd OTD; Lt. Justin McIntosh, B Co. 551; Lt. Joseph McWhirter, B Co. 442; Lt. Jacob Shireman, D Co. 369; Lt. Tyler Turner, B Co. 369; Master Sgt. Robert Woods, NCOA

Top Unit Coordinators: Ashley Newhouse, NSA Georgia and Sgt. 1st Class Chad Hanks, C. Co., 369th Signal Battalion

Unit Awards:
Runner-Up, Top Platelet Donor Company: Co. D, 369th Signal Battalion
Top Platelet Donor Company: Co. C, 551st Signal Battalion

Runner-Up, Top Blood Donor Company: Co. B, 551st Signal Battalion
Top Blood Donor Company: Co. C, 369th Signal Battalion

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 To interact directly with ASBP staff members, see more photos or get the latest news, follow @militaryblood on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Pinterest. Find the drop. Donate.

The Armed Services Blood Program is a proud recipient of the Army Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs award for journalism.