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Profiles of Dedication: Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Nobriga
By Ralph Peters, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Portsmouth, Va.
Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Nobriga, a hospital corpsman with the Marine Control Air Squadron 24, is an avid supporter of the Armed Services Blood Program. After deploying to Afghanistan, he became a blood drive coordinator. “I couldn’t help but feel that I could do more to contribute towards the fight that was no longer mine,” he said.
Since April 2013, Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Nobriga, a hospital corpsman, has been assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron 24. Upon his promotion to first class petty officer, he assumed the duties as its senior department representative, supervising all department personnel and reporting all its functional aspects to the chain of command. Additionally, he initiated his organization’s active duty and Reserve contingencies to support Armed Services Blood Program blood drives whenever the units were collectively available.
From April 2016 through March 2017, he coordinated three drives and was responsible for all advertising, promotion and logistical needs. He insured that his medical team were fully engaged with these requirements and was the primary point of contact with both the active duty and Reserve commands.
The three drives collectively resulted in 242 registered volunteers and 174 successful donors.
Nobriga said he was very happy to learn of these results. He explained that this program was extremely important to him as he served as primary point of contact while assigned to the USS Carr (FFG-52) six years ago.
“At that time I had been back for about six months from a deployment to Helmand Province in Afghanistan,” Nobriga said. We lost friends and colleagues during that engagement and it proved to be one of the most significant experiences in my life. Having been sent to the USS Carr afterwards, I couldn’t help but feel that I could do more to contribute towards the fight that was no longer mine. Coordinating these blood drives has helped me remain part of the mission and also work through my experiences in combat.”
Nobriga hails from Torrance, Calif. After completing high school in 2000, he enlisted in the Navy in 2006 to gain experience in the medical field. After graduating with distinction from Naval Hospital Corps School, Great Lakes, Ill., he attended the Field Medical Training Battalion Course in San Diego, Calif.
In 2007, he was assigned to Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms in California. In 2009, Nobriga volunteered for deployment and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Weapons Company as a platoon line corpsman in support of Operation Enduring Freedom for seven months. He then returned to Twentynine Palms in 2009 and was then assigned to USS Carr in 2011 before reporting to MACS 24.
Nobriga is currently pursuing requirements for a physician assistant degree through the Navy’s Medical Service Corps In-service Procurement Program and spends most of his free time training for marathons.
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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