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“Go Give Blood!”

06/28/2018
By Victor L. Shermer, ASBP blood donor recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
The Armed Services Blood Bank Center-Pacific Northwest conducted a blood drive on March 22 with the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion located at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Washington.

Naval Base Kitsap is located on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State. Created in 2004 by merging the former Naval Station Bremerton with Naval Submarine Base Bangor, it covers more than 10,000 acres supporting nearly 70 tenant commands.

The mission of NBK is to serve as the home base for the Navy’s fleet throughout West Puget Sound and to provide base operating services including support for both surface ships and Fleet Ballistic Missile and other nuclear submarines having their home ports at Bremerton and Bangor. Serving the U.S. Pacific Fleet, this base is one of only two such Trident submarine bases operated by the U.S. Navy.

The MCSFBn is a command of Marines and Sailors. Its mission is to provide security for U.S. strategic assets, such as those at NBK.

At the blood drive, many Marines showed up to donate. Two of these donors that saw flyers promoting the drive were Marine Cpls. Benjamin Robenstark and Matthew Hodges. Both have been in service a little over two years and had previously donated with the Armed Services Blood Program but at opposite sides of the continent.

Robenstark, from Washington, donated while in basic training at Camp Pendleton, California. Hodges, from Louisiana, donated while at the School of Infantry at Camp Geiger, North Carolina. As their first assignment at NBK, they took the opportunity to give back once again.

Even though they had both donated before, they learned more about the mission of the ASBP while at the drive; supporting military members, their families, retirees and veterans worldwide with the blood and blood products they need. After understanding the importance of the program’s mission, they were asked what they would tell their fellow Marines about donating. They said, “Go give blood!” And ‘go donate’ they did. After Robenstark and Hodges donated, another 35 Marines lined up to do the same.

The MCSFBn has hosted blood drives with the ASBBC-PNW since 2013; a relationship that will hopefully continue for years to come. The drives provide these young Marines an opportunity to ‘go!’ save lives of their brothers and sisters in-arms.

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.