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Fort Campbell Hosts Inaugural ASBP Blood Drive

05/24/2019
By Carl Norman, ASBP blood donor recruiter, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
The 101st Airborne Division and the 5th Special Forces Group supported the Armed Services Blood Program Mar. 20-21 by giving 78 units of blood in their inaugural drive at Fort Campbell, Ky.
The 101st Airborne Division and the 5th Special Forces Group supported the Armed Services Blood Program Mar. 20-21 by giving 78 units of blood in their inaugural drive at Fort Campbell, Ky.
The 101st Airborne Division and the 5th Special Forces Group supported the Armed Services Blood Program Mar. 20-21 by giving 78 units of blood in their inaugural drive at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Gathering in the 5th Group’s facility the first day for what’s called a “Walking Blood Bank,” 43 soldiers volunteered for the ASBP’s Low Titer Whole Blood Program, which enhances blood product delivery in austere locations during military operations. Of those, 29 donated blood that would immediately be sent to military medical facilities around the world.

Then a standard blood drive held in the Soldier Support Center the following day, 49 air assault warriors from across the Kentucky post, along with civilian employees and family members, rolled up their sleeves to give the gift of life. Since each donated unit can potentially save at least two lives, the Campbell crew’s donations allows 156 blood products to be manufactured -- one for nearly every soldier in an average size Army company.

“This was the beginning of what we hope is a long and prosperous relationship with Fort Campbell,” said Army Lt. Col. Jason Corley, Army Blood Program director. “No one knows the value of a robust blood supply better than the service members who have deployed. The soldiers at Fort Campbell are the core of that group so it’s only fitting that warriors help warriors in their hour of need.”

Corley said blood collection teams from Fort Bragg, N.C. and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., will alternate conducting quarterly blood drives at the Kentucky post. The next one is set for June 2019. The June drive details will be distributed soon within Fort Campbell’s media and other outlets.

Although the individual reasons that caused these airborne warriors to donate differ, the theme in their motivation was the same – doing a little can help a lot.

“As an Army medic, I know how important blood is for people who are injured,” said Army Spc. Kelly Dobson, 1st Battalion, 320th DIVARTY Headquarters and Headquarters Brigade. She said everyone should donate because “it may be you who will need it someday. We all need to think more about others.”

Army 1st Lt. Dan Herbster, 101st Airborne Division historian, echoed those sentiments and said he donates every chance he gets.

“I try to do my part to help those down range,” he said. “No one can solve the world’s problems by themselves, but if we all do what we can, the world would be a better place.”

The Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center, which provided the collection team for this inaugural drive, collects blood for the ASBP, the official blood collection agency for the Department of Defense. Collected blood goes first to medical facilities in Afghanistan and other overseas contingency areas around the world. One out of four service members admitted to a medical facility in those areas require a blood transfusion.

Collected blood also goes to military hospitals throughout the DOD. The military healthcare system requires about 400 units of blood every day and it's the ASBP's mission to ensure it's available.

“So, if you have your health, celebrate it by giving blood to those who are not as fortunate,” said. Army Capt. Patrick Kaer, Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center officer in charge. “The Fort Campbell community who donated with us demonstrated the power that true compassion for others can have. Will you do the same?”

For more information about the Armed Services Blood Program, visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil. For more information about the Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center or to make an appointment to donate, contact the center’s blood donor recruiter at Carl.A.Norman2.civ@mail.mil or call (573) 596-5385.

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 www.militaryblood.dod.mil. 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.