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Soldiers from Basic Leaders Course Contribute to the Fight

02/23/2018
By Deylon Douglass, ASBP blood donor recruiter, Fort Bliss, Texas
Fort Bliss, Texas, home of the 1st Armored Division, is one of the many rapid deploying units within the Army. At any given time, there is a brigade on this installation that is deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. With the number of deploying Soldiers increasing, the need for blood donors and therefore donations is more important than ever. For Soldiers in combat, these one-pint bags of blood can be the deciding factor between life and death.

That’s why on Feb. 7, the Armed Services Blood Program Fort Bliss Blood Donor Center conducted a blood drive at the Basic Leadership Course. With the relocation and deployment of several Fort Bliss units to theatre and other overseas locations, the Soldiers and cadre from BLC are ensuring they are doing their part to directly support their fellow brother and sisters in arms. During the blood drive, the chairs remained full with people filling out paperwork and giving blood.

“Selfless service” is part of the warrior’s ethos; donating blood is the pinnacle of that. Army Spc. Gabrielle Cummings, a Soldier from 4th Battalion 1st Field Artillery Regiment, DIVARTY, 3rd Brigade prides herself on selfless service.

“Donating blood is special to me because I enjoy helping people and if I can help a complete stranger by volunteering my time to donate, then it makes me happy.” Cummings went on to add, “I am not even quite sure where [exactly] the blood goes, but I know it is going to help Soldiers in need.”

There other Soldiers who have the same mentality as Cumming.

“There is always someone who needs blood. Whenever I have the opportunity to donate, I do. It is going towards a great cause and I want to help out anyway that I can,” said Army Spc. Daniel Kosinski, a Soldier from Bravo Troop, 3-6 CAV, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade.

The need for blood is more pronounced now than in the past because of the type of injuries service members are suffering. A single battlefield injury can require 40 units of blood or more just to stabilize the Soldier. Being stationed at Fort Bliss, it is only a matter of time before a Soldiers number is called to deploy downrange.

Knowing this, Army Spc. Corey Smith, a Soldier from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, DIVARTY, 1st Brigade, stated, “Eventually I will be downrange and I would want to help those Soldiers who are currently overseas.” Smith also added that it’s important to donate because the blood stays within the military community.

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.