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262nd Quartermaster Battalion Blood Drive Spearheaded by Victor Company

04/19/2017
Submitted by 1st Lt. Amber T. Shipmon, Executive Officer, Victor Company, 262nd QM BN
The 262nd Quartermaster Battalion participated in an Armed Services Blood Program blood drive, March 18, coordinated through the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Blood Donor Center in Portsmouth, Va. Nearly 200 personnel — consisting of 262nd Quartermaster Battalion Soldiers and cadre, three companies (Charlie, Juliet and Romeo) from the Army Logistics University, the Fort Stewart 2nd Battalion 8th Infantry Regiment, and the 832nd Ordinance Battalion — volunteered to donate blood.

A total of 169 personnel were able to display their selfless service by completing the screening process with a total of 76 donors.

The ASBP is the Department of Defense’s blood donor program. It is responsible for all active duty personnel worldwide and all patients, including dependents, in our military medical treatment facilities. Each week, continental U.S. blood donor centers ship blood and blood products for the troops who remain deployed in harm’s way.

The primary source for donations is our active duty military personnel who comprise over 90 percent of whole blood donations to the ASBP. The donations will be utilized to assist active duty personnel worldwide that continue to defend our great nation.

“We are very thankful for all the Soldiers participating in the donor process,” said Ralph Peters, ASBP blood donor recruiter for the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Blood Donor Center. “Their success is marked not only of successfully donating, but for all who initially volunteered, registered and made it through any donor step. All gave their time, energy and patience for this critically important mission. To those Soldiers who encouraged others to donate and were also involved with any logistical requirements, we thank you.”

The 262nd Quartermaster Battalion will host another ASBP blood drive, June 17. To learn more, please contact Peters at 757-953-1686 or ralph.k.peters.civ@mail.mil.

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 www.militaryblood.dod.mil. 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.