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Making a Dream Come True New (Cesar Fontanilla, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Pendleton, Calif.)
As a young child, many of us have superheroes and often dream of becoming one of them. For Petty Officer 2nd Class Christian Mallari, as a young child growing up in Guam, he dreamed of joining the United States military. A native of the island of Guam, Mallari was inspired by family members ...

My Legacy: Air Force 2nd Lt. Katie Spencer (An interview)
This summer, the ASBP celebrates the Legacy of Blood from generation to generation. For the first time, the military blood program’s communications and marketing team was able to coordinate photo shoots with a service member from each service for our summer campaign. In this series, we ...

A Team Approach for Recruiting Donors (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
When a group comes together to accomplish a common goal, great things can follow. The Great Lakes, Ill., team of blood donor site coordinators consists of four extremely capable and motivated Navy enlisted personnel. Each coordinator ...

Dr. Karen Scott Visits Walter Reed Donor Center for Pathogen Reduction Demonstration (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
Dr. Karen Scott, chief medical officer for the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, visited the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., June 14 to review ...

Blood Donor Center: Saving Lives One Drop at a Time (Airman 1st Class Travis Beihl, 81st Training Wing Public Affairs)
The Keesler Blood Donor Center is in need of blood donations in order to keep up with an increase in demand predicted by the ASBP. The center, located at the Arnold Medical Annex on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., supplies blood ...

100 Platelet Donations and Counting (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
Donating your 100th platelet donation can take a while, but once reached, it is a considerable milestone. Unlike a whole blood donor, a platelet donor can donate every two weeks. However, even Food and Drug Administration and AABB ...

Whole Blood Donor Becomes First-time Platelet Donor (Wendy Binder, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Lejeune, N.C.)
Getting people to donate platelets can often be a challenging task. Since the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune Blood Donor Center always has a strong need for platelet donors, sometimes the donor center staff members will encourage ...

The Adventures of Jim and Linda Parker Continue during Patriots Parade (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
Long-time Armed Services Blood Program supporters Jim and Linda Parker continued to display their dedication to the military blood program five years after their last donation with the ASBP. On July 4, the husband and wife duo drove ...

The Family Blood Line: Donating and Serving (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Mary Drysdale is a Navy mom who knows how important blood donations are for patients in need of blood. While her son, Navy Seaman Recruit Jared Williams, attends boot camp, Drysdale shared her story of just how important blood donations ...

Class of 2016 Graduates Blood Bank Fellowship (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
Six officers graduated from the ASBP's prestigious Blood Bank Fellowship program. Army Capt. Manuela Bauldry, Army Capt. William Ceballos, Air Force Capt. Eduardo GarciaPerez, Navy Lt. Jeffrey Hebert and Netherlands Royal Army Maj. Margreet Zoodsma joined the exclusive list of graduates.

Blood from the Soldiers, for the Soldiers (Savannah Walker, Cadet Summer Training)
Fort Knox’s Cadet Summer Training program hosts one of the largest blood drives for the Armed Services Blood Program all year. It is expected that more than 10,000 cadets and cadre members will be donating blood this summer as part of the Cadet Summer Training.

The Long Road Can Be the ‘Strait’ Path (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Chris Allen joined the U.S. Marines Corps in October 2003 and became an infantryman. He signed up to serve and the Marines quickly gave him the opportunity to do so. Just one year after he joined the military, Allen deployed to Ramadi, Iraq ...

GMU Researchers Developing System to Help Ensure Blood Safety (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
Researchers at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., are developing an automated validation and verification system to help ensure blood safety. Army Lt. Col. Mark Mellott, chief of the Execution Branch of the Health IT Innovation ...

Two Soldiers, Two Hours, Five Promotion Points (Carl Norman, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.)
It only took two Fort Leonard Wood Soldiers a little more than two hours each to earn five promotion points while saving eight lives. Army Spc. Jasmine Miles, a dental assistant with the U.S. Army Dental Activity, and Army Spc. Justin McCoy ...

To Be This Tough, It Takes a Lot of Guts (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Meet John Capps. For the past 30 years he has been known as a guy who has been through many things in this life. Come what may, Capps always came out on the other end of things unscathed. Whenever chaos or mayhem ensued, with a ...