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The Gift of Life (Sgt. Dani Salvatore, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)
When someone is in an accident, injured or facing an illness we often wonder if there is anything we can do to help. Fortunately there is something you can do. Blood and blood products are vital to treat many conditions and they get those products from donors. “This is a life saving product,” said Wanda Mason, a medical technologist in charge of quality assurance at the Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center on Fort Bragg, N.C.

Study: Change in Transfusion Protocol Cuts Troop Death Rate (Wyatt Olson, Stars and Stripes)
Fewer warfighters have died from bleeding complications in forward-based hospitals since 2006, when the military changed its protocol of blood transfusions used for such cases, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

802nd Security Forces Squadron Provides More than Security (Tracy Parmer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas)
The Lackland Blood Donor Center is always looking for more units to get involved in sponsoring blood drives for the ASBP. Because the military blood program has a constant need for blood to support ill or injured service members worldwide...

Our Story, Part I: Who We Are (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
Who is the Armed Services Blood Program? The ASBP is the sole provider of blood and blood products to the U.S. armed forces — during both peace and war, whenever and wherever it’s needed. As a tri-service organization representing all three branches of service – Army, Navy and Air Force, the ASBP has many components working together to collect, process, store, transport and transfuse blood worldwide.

They Come, They Go, They Save Lives (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
Over the last 10 years, there have been two site coordinators at the Bremerton Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington. One of them, Norma Jean Hudson, is retiring and her last blood drive was in June.

Air Defense Saves Lives of Strangers by Donating Bone Marrow (Capt. Steven Modugno, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade)
When Capt. Brent Johnson, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, first signed up to potentially donate bone marrow in 2004 as a cadet at the United States Military Academy of West Point, New York, he didn’t realize that he would be helping save the lives of two people he had never even met.

Eagle Soldiers Participate in Battalion Blood Drive (1st Lt. Eileen Poole, 203rd Brigade Support Battalion Unit Public Affairs)
Soldiers assigned to the 203rd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, organized a battalion blood drive at Sullivan Memorial Blood Center on Sand Hill to support the local blood center and donate blood for use overseas.

Been There, Done That, Still at It (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Ill., is home to many great leaders. One of their own, Petty Officer 1st Class Joy Binoya, has donated more than a gallon of blood since her high school days and continues to donate with the Armed Services Blood Program today. Binoya, a quartermaster in the U.S. Navy, has traveled the deep blue seas...

USS Carl Vinson Hosts Summer Blood Drive (Cesar Fontanilla, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Pendleton, Calif.)
With the summer season in full swing, crew members aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) began their summer activities by hosting an Armed Services Blood Program blood drive. Sailors eagerly rolled up their sleeves to show off their support for the ASBP’s mission of saving lives.

Not Just Another Tuesday at FRC (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
Tuesday, June 24 was a beautiful day in northern Washington at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. It was also a great day for a blood drive at the Fleet Readiness Center-Northwest. Every other month, Sailors at the Fleet Readiness Center look forward to the ASBBC-PNW coming to the installation so they can donate blood to the ASBP.

10 Months, 12 Donations (Wendy Binder, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Lejeune, N.C.)
When you first meet Hospitalman Tucker Cooper, it is easy to see a Sailor who is dedicated to helping others. Always looking for ways to pitch in and help, Cooper’s decision to donate platelets to the ASBP came easy. He was an avid whole blood donor, but Cooper decided to give a different type of donation a try after hearing about the...

Navigating Donors to the Blood Drive (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Rio Flores is a master training specialist at the new student indoctrination for Training Service Command Great Lakes, Ill. She also works as the Building 215 blood drive site coordinator for the ASBP. Flores is known to go above and beyond in her role...

Blood Bank’s Technical Supervisor Retires After 45 Years of Service (Mark Salcedo, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Sam Houston, Texas)
After nearly 45 years of distinguished service to the U. S. Army and Brooke Army Medical Center, Edward Velich, technical supervisor for Blood Services, retired May 31. After graduating as a medical technologist from Michigan Technological University in 1970, Velich...