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Fort Huachuca is ‘Out for Blood’

02/26/2018
By Deylon Douglass, ASBP blood donor recruiter, Fort Bliss, Texas
With some classic rock playing softly in the background, Soldiers and civilians at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, rolled up their sleeves and donated during a post-wide Armed Services Blood Program blood drive on Feb. 13. The 304th, 305th, and 309th Military Intelligence Battalions came out with great support for this one-day drive with over 150 pints collected.

A majority of the donors that volunteered to donate blood are Advanced Initial Trainees stationed at Fort Huachuca to learn the job during their service in the Army. Coming and donating at this drive was their first experience with ASBP. Most of them had never heard about the military’s official blood program, the mission and why it is so important for people to donate.

“It gives me a great sense of pride knowing my pint of blood could save a complete stranger’s life,” said Army Pvt. 1st Class Carlos Morales, Bravo Company, 309th Military Intelligence Battalion. He went on to say that donating blood is a great way to contribute to the fight from afar.

Army Spc. Tony Ward, Alpha Company, 309th Military Intelligence Battalion, echoed the desire to help support those in need, “I just wanted to donate because I felt like it was the right thing to do and I want to help out my fellow Soldiers.”

There were a large amount of captains and 1st lieutenants from the 304th Military Intelligence Battalion, attending the Captains Career Course, who decided to donate as well. They also shared some of their experiences with the junior soldiers.

“When I was deployed in 2010, they came over the loud speaker telling anyone who was a specific blood type to report to the Combat Support Hospital immediately to donate,” explained Army Cpt. Benjamin Page, Alpha Company, 304th Military Intelligence Battalion, about why he understands the need to donate.

“I always donate with ASBP when I get a chance because I know the importance of having a surplus of blood downrange,” said Army 1st Lt. Evelyn Payne, Alpha Company, 304th Military Intelligence Battalion.

Understanding that all blood collected with the Fort Bliss Blood Donor Center is used for military members, families and veterans in need provides one of the biggest reasons to donate with the ASBP. It first goes to Soldiers and other service members who are deployed overseas. Once that quota has been met, any remaining units of blood will be sent to William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas, and the local Department of Veteran Affairs hospital. Because of the shelf life of blood, it is vital to keep collecting units.

This one-day blood drive exceeded all expectations thanks to the selfless service of all the Soldiers and civilians at Fort Huachuca.

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.