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Doing Her Part Right from the Start

07/06/2018
By Shawntel Trowell, ASBP blood donor recruiter, National Capital Region
Army Spc. Sabrina Rodriguez donates with the Armed Services Blood Bank Center – National Capital Region at a blood drive hosted at Fort Detrick, Maryland. She states, “I'm happy to do my part in supporting my fellow service members, veterans, and their families.”
Army Spc. Sabrina Rodriguez donates with the Armed Services Blood Bank Center – National Capital Region at a blood drive hosted at Fort Detrick, Maryland. She states, “I'm happy to do my part in supporting my fellow service members, veterans, and their families.”
Most of the enlisted personnel that make up the Armed Services Blood Program are medical laboratory specialists. Although all service members with this job specialty are trained the same, they perform various jobs within the military from working in the blood bank to carrying out clinical research.

Army Spc. Sabrina Rodriguez, assigned to the bacteriology division of the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, has been a medical laboratory specialist for over a year. She also is a regular donor at the ASBP blood drives at Fort Detrick, Maryland, her first duty station.

During her advanced individual training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, a representative from ASBP Akeroyd Blood Donor Center shared personal stories and the “arm to battlefield” process -the journey of blood from a donor to its recipient- which sparked her interest in becoming a blood donor. She also spent a week during her on-the-job training at ASBP Kendrick Memorial Blood Center in Fort Gordon, Georgia. That’s where she noticed that, “the personnel [KMBC staff] work tirelessly to efficiently process the blood to ensure timely delivery.”

Before the military, Rodriguez despised needles so much that she avoided even getting the flu shot. However, after enduring the myriad of immunizations at basic training, her laboratory training and with her mom settling the example as a frequent blood donor, she no longer has qualms about dealing with a needle when donating with the ASBP.

“Knowing that there is something small I can do that would have a significant impact makes me go for it.” Rodriguez said but added, “I avoid looking at the needle though!”

Although Rodriguez is new in her military career, she is already making an important contribution to service members and their families by donating the blood products they need right from where she is stationed stateside. Individuals like Rodriguez are learning to lead and already difference makers for the military’s blood program.

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.