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Profile of Dedication: Robert Davis

By Ralph Peters, ASBP blood donor recruiter, Portsmouth, Va.
(Left to right): Robert Davis, Navy Lt. Cmdr. David Koch and Ruth Ross celebrating Mr. Davis' 100 platelet donations at the Apheresis Center of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.
(Left to right): Robert Davis, Navy Lt. Cmdr. David Koch and Ruth Ross celebrating Mr. Davis' 100 platelet donations at the Apheresis Center of Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.
As a retired United States Navy Medical Service Corps officer of 20 years, Robert Davis spent most of his active duty career in blood banking. On May 23, Davis achieved an incredible personal milestone: his 100th platelet donation, supporting the Armed Service Blood Program’s mission of keeping a supply of blood products available to those in need.

Davis explained that his passion for frequently donating platelets was because he saw its critical need on a daily basis while on active duty. On his 100th donation, he related it back to his reason for giving with, “Simply because of need.”

Platelets are the natural clotting factor in one’s blood system and platelet donations are used for both adults and pre-natal infants in order to save their lives. However, platelets have a short shelf-life. They are only good for five days, and after their required testing to ensure safe usage for hospital patients, that shelf life decreases to less than four days. Consequentially, it is ever important that people donate platelets when eligible.

Davis received his Master’s Degree in Blood Banking from Bowling Green University (now George Washington University) in Washington D.C. in 2000. He is currently employed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in the blood bank donor operations department for quality control and validations for the blood bank. He enjoys motorcycle riding, fencing and cowboy action firearms. He has two sons, Isaac, 24 and Sam, 21.

Davis said that he would encourage all platelet donors to accomplish donating milestones, to the best of their ability. He added that others should be supportive of these generous donors and should try donating blood or platelets, if they can.

“The need for platelet donations is always there,” said Davis.

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 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.