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Profiles of Dedication: Marissa Hunley

By Ralph Peters, ASBP blood donor recruiter, NMC Portsmouth, Va.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Marissa Hunley is assigned to the Fleet Weather Station (FWC) on Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia. Along with her daily responsibilities, Hunley has dedicated her time to supporting the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) and now acts as a primary unit coordinator for ASBP blood drives in her area.

Hunley’s main job is to provide daily weather support for ships and pilots within the FWC area of responsibility, which includes 14 naval air stations and 5 fleet concentration areas. As a hurricane duty officer, she tracks all tropical cyclones that are imminent worldwide. During hurricane season, which generally runs from the beginning of June through the end of November, the FWC is constantly investigating and tracking tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean. As a part of her role, Hunley disseminates warnings and preliminary data for each storm.

Hunley hails from Cheney, Washington- a suburb of Spokane. She enjoys reading, painting, swimming, hiking and other outdoor activities. She is from a family that supporter her when she decided to join the Navy- some of which have also have served. Hunley has been in the Navy for two years and has been at FWC for three-quarters of that time. “I chose to join the military for both the opportunity to travel and pursue my education,’’ said Hunley.

Prior to being stationed at FWC, Hunley was at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi for four months attending Aerographer’s Mate (AG) A-school. She plans to further her education in meteorology and oceanography by going back to Keesler for AG C-school and then hopefully on to Japan to be part of anti-submarine warfare.

Hunley said, “Lately I have grown an interest in global warming and how it is effecting weather patterns around the world; I am currently enrolled at the University of Maryland University College working towards a bachelor’s degree in Meteorology or Atmospheric Science.”

On what inspired her growing interest in the ASBP, Hunley said, “I have been working with the ASBP for over eight months now. I tracked Hurricane Harvey all the way through the Atlantic Ocean and in doing so watched it destroy Galveston and Houston, Texas. On the news, I heard people were desperate for blood in that area- so besides knowing the mission of the ASBP in supporting our sailors and family members- I organized the drive with hopes to assist with the needs of the people in Texas. I informed both my command and the people assigned about the need to donate a pint of blood.

“It was a great feeling to see everyone in my command come together and support this important and lifesaving mission. Because of the support that was given for [that] drive, it has inspired me to continue being the primary unit coordinator while assigned at FWC.”

Supporters like Hunley are an important part of facilitating the blood products that the ASBP relies on to fulfill their mission; to provide a potent, safe and readily available supply of blood to meet the needs of the Military Healthcare System- and in special circumstances- to the people beyond it. The ASBP could not perform their work without the individual efforts and acts of dedication that Hunley and others demonstrate.

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.