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Face of Defense: Medic Learns Benefits of Blood Donations (Shannon Collins, DOD News Features, Defense Media Activity)
San Antonio Military Medical Center officials at Joint Base San Antonio in Texas encourage people to donate to the ASBP, because the blood directly supports warfighters downrange as well as trauma and burn patients there and other military treatment facilities and Veterans Affairs facilities.

BLDDNR Saves Lives (Michelle Lele, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Tripler, Hawaii)
Every January, the ASBP celebrates National Blood Donor Month to recognize the lifesaving contributions blood and platelet donors make for ill or injured service members, retirees and their families worldwide. Some donors have made it their mission to help save lives; and year after year, they prove their commitment to help patients in need. One such donor is retired Petty Officer 1st Class Harry Beasor.

A Decade at the New House (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
From the days in the 1970s of picking up recruits in a bus and driving them to the Great Lakes Blood Donor Center, to the ongoing blood drives at Recruit Training Command Ship 05, the Blood Donor Processing Division has always relied on the recruit and trainee populations of the Great Lakes Naval facilities. Each day, the arrival of whole blood...

West Point Donates 1,500 Units of Blood to the ASBP (Linda Ellerbe, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Bragg, N.C.)
Army, Navy and Air Force personnel traveled from all across the country to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to collect blood for ill or injured service members, retirees and their families worldwide. For four days, cadets and civilians alike rolled up their sleeves to help the ASBP save lives.

Roll Up a Sleeve, Help Patients in Need (Military Health System and Defense Health Agency Staff)
January is National Blood Donor Month, and the Armed Services Blood Program is encouraging all service members to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2015. National Blood Donor Month recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need.

Donors Raised Hands, Rolled Up Sleeves (Carl Norman, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.)
When the call went out Dec. 18 that the Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center needed donors the last two weeks of December, people answered in strong fashion. Nearly 300 Soldiers and civilians raised their hands to give blood Dec. 22-31 at the Missouri-based blood donor center.

Donor Center Staff Encourages Holiday Donations (Cesar Fontanilla, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Pendleton, Calif.)
As the holiday season rolled through, the Camp Pendleton Blood Donor saw a slight decline in blood donations as many of the center’s regular donors were on vacation with friends and family. However, blood is constantly needed for patients and contingency operations, whether...

Holiday Road Trip to Save Lives (Carl Norman, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.)
They traveled nearly 200 miles round trip, three days before Christmas just to donate blood – and they did it simply because it was the right thing to do. On Dec. 22, John and Diann Stanton were at home in Dora, Mo., contemplating their upcoming holiday celebrations. That night, the retired law enforcement officers tuned in to KY-3, a TV station out...

JBPO Supports Ebola Outbreak Operations in West Africa (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
The ASBP is a tri-service organization that requires coordination among the blood programs of the military services and the unified commands. It relies upon many components working together to provide quality blood products to service members whenever and wherever they are needed. Army Maj. Matthew Swingholm, a blood bank officer assigned to...

Buffalo Recognized with Project Good Neighbor Award (MC1 Jason Swink, Pacific Submarine Force Public Affairs)
The crew of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Buffalo (SSN 715) was recognized Nov. 24, with the 2014 Navy Project Good Neighbor Community Service Flag Award. One of seven commands Navy-wide to be named as winners of the award for year-round volunteer supported programs and special outreach projects, the Buffalo earned...

Command ‘Does Its Part’ by Donating Blood (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
There are many military organizations with long histories of serving our country. The 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, for example, has served since 1861 and continues to do its part in combat and on the home front. The 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment was first organized...

Fort Belvoir 300 Area Compound Saves the Day (Donna Onwona, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, National Capital Region)
Anyone who has visited or lived in the Washington metro area knows that traffic is a part of life and getting from point A to point B can at times be exceptionally challenging. But when the Armed Services Blood Bank Center mobile team from the Walter Reed National Military Medical ...

440th BSD Supports Operation United Assistance (Army Maj. Teresa Terry, Blood Bank Specialist, Fort Bragg, N.C.)
According to the U.S. Africa Command, the 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest outbreak of the virus in history and the first of its kind in West Africa. In September, the U.S. military began Operation United Assistance to provide coordination of logistics, training and engineering...