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African-Americans Lead the Way in Military Medicine New (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
With roots dating back to 1926, Black History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements African-Americans have made in U.S. history. One of the many areas in which theses pioneers made great strides was in military medicine, including blood banking.

Credit Union Makes a Deposit New (Jerrick Alexander, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Pentagon Blood Donor Center)
Vanessa Johnson, branch manager for the Navy Federal Credit Union-Pentagon, recently wanted to support the military community, so she reached out to the Pentagon Blood Donor Center to find out how her branch could sponsor an Armed Services Blood Program blood drive.

NMCP Blood Mobile Visits Defense Commissary Agency HQ New (Michael Perron, Defense Commissary Agency Public Affairs Office, Fort Lee, Va.)
The staff of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Blood Donor Center’s mobile blood collection team spent the morning of National Donor Day, Feb. 14, collecting blood at the Defense Commissary Agency Headquarters at Fort Lee, Va.

Navy Dad Immigrated to the U.S. for Lifesaving Surgery New (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Douglas Trpcevski immigrated to the United States for lifesaving surgery. His parents left their native Yugoslavia (now Macedonia) with their son to ensure he had a chance at the heart valve replacement he needed.

Transfusions Save Newborn’s Life New (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
The Armed Services Blood Program regularly hears about the lifesaving impact of the blood donations the program collects on a daily basis. Today, we are excited to share a firsthand testimony from Belinda Younger-Gurley, whose family was directly impacted by the military blood program.

‘Never in Our Wildest Dreams Did We Imagine This’ New (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Navy mom Kelli Kearns thought she was prepared for the birth of another child. When she delivered her daughter, Faith Kearns, at an extremely low birth weight, her family endured much during her hospital stay. At age 7, an illness struck with ...

Kendrick Memorial Blood Center Thanks Donors at Annual Awards Ceremony (Erin Longacre, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Gordon, Ga.)
National Blood Donor Month, celebrated each January, is the perfect time to host events that shine the spotlight on the generosity of blood donors. Fort Gordon’s Kendrick Memorial Blood Center recently hosted its annual ...

2 Military Blood Program Officers Win Prestigious Quarterly Awards (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
In January, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Alphonso Johnson and Air Force Tech. Sgt. Levaughn Grant, both from the Armed Services Whole Blood Processing Laboratory-West at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., were recognized with quarterly awards.

NMCP Asks All to Have a Heart and Become a Donor (Petty Officer 1st Class Gary Johnson, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth)
Valentine’s Day is the day of the year that most people show love and affection they have for the special people in their life. What many people may not know is Feb. 14 is also National Donor Day — a day to recognize those who show their love by donating or register as a donor.

Fort Bliss Blood Donor Center Recognizes Top Donors (Marcy Sanchez, WBAMC Public Affairs Office, Fort Bliss, Texas)
The Fort Bliss Blood Donor Center held its annual Blood Donor Recognition Ceremony at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, Fort Bliss, Jan. 26. The ceremony welcomed Army units and federal agencies across El Paso and Southern New Mexico to recognize generous unit ...

She Donated for Those in Need, Then She Received (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Navy Aunt Amy Swingler has needed blood donations several times. She is a transplant recipient and she was formally a blood donor for others. Her nephew, Seaman Recruit Zach Novero, graduated from boot camp Feb. 3. He also recently donated blood with the Armed Services Blood Program ...

A Special Needs Baby Created a Special Need for Donors (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Amanda Brown has delivered five children. Her son, Seaman Recruit Jacob Brown, will serve in the U.S. Navy after he graduates from initial training in Great Lakes, Ill. He is moving forward and looking forward to the days ahead serving his country.

Why They Donate: Eagles, Accidents, Injuries and Illnesses (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
The reasons for blood donation are as varied as the donors that frequent the many Armed Services Blood Program blood donor centers. Recently, four recruits attending boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill., took time ...

With Help from the 153rd Blood Detachment and Others (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
The Armed Services Blood Bank Center-Pacific Northwest at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., conducts many blood drives a year, normally set up within the hosting unit’s facility.

Storyboard: Bravo Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion Blood Drive (Submitted by Army Capt. Jeremy Grant and Army 1st Lt. Lucas Kratz, 266th Quartermaster Battalion)
Soldiers and leaders from across the 266th Quartermaster Battalion spent the morning and early afternoon, Jan. 28, participating in the ASBP blood drive.

9-Year-Old Jason Leaves behind an Incredible Story of Courage (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Navy brother Jason Aispuro, lived for nine years and brought happiness to his family every day of his life. Although he is no longer here, his family is grateful today for the time they shared with him.

Great-Grandfather was Shot Down; But This Recruit’s Navy Heritage is Flying High (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Navy grandmother Debrah Murphy has a military family background and much to be proud about. Her grandson, Seaman Recruit James Klob, will continue ...

400 Soldiers and Civilians Donate Blood despite Holiday Block Leave (Carl Norman, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.)
For the last two weeks of December, when Holiday Block Leave is in full force at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., what is normally a bustling Army basic training post turns into ...

A Year Later and the Future Looks Much Better (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Annisa Evans has experienced blood transfusions in the past. When she tried to donate recently, she was unable to donate due to low red blood cell counts. This was followed with the need for surgery and more blood transfusions.