The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) provides quality blood products for service members, veterans and their families in both peace and war. As a joint operation
among the military services (Army, Navy, Air Force), the ASBP has many components working together to collect, process, store, distribute, and transfuse blood
This section describes the ASBP's blood distribution system, facilities, and the essential components needed to preserve a safe and secure blood supply.
Captain Roland L. Fahie,
Medical Service Corps,
Captain Roland L. Fahie is the current U.S. Department of Defense Director of the Armed Services Blood Program.
Captain Fahie was born in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. He enlisted in the Navy in 1979 and attended recruit
training in Orlando, Florida and Hospital Corps School in San Diego, California. He attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer
after serving at numerous commands. He received a direct commission after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Medical
Technology from the University of Rhode Island in 1989. He earned his Masters degree in Immunohematology and Masters of Science
degree in Biology from Bowling Green State University in 1998 after attending the Tri-Service Blood Bank Fellowship at the Walter
Reed Army Medical Center, and Doctorates Degree academic requirements from the University of Phoenix.
Captain Fahie’s duty stations includes service at Naval Hospital Roosevelt Roads Puerto Rico 1980-1981, Naval Air Facility Washington
DC 1981-1983, Naval Hospital Charleston, South Carolina 1983-1986, Naval Hospital Newport Rhode Island 1986-1990, Leading Chief Petty
Officer, Laboratory Department Naval Regional Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia 1990-1991, Laboratory Officer and Blood Operations
Officer, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, California 1991-1994, Laboratory Officer and Blood Bank Officer, Naval Hospital Patuxent River,
Maryland 1994-1997, Director, Eastern Area Blood Systems, Naval Hospital Great Lakes Illinois 1998-2001, Director, Armed Services Blood
Bank Center, National Capital Area at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland 2001-2003, Deputy Director, Armed Services
Blood Program, Interim Director, Navy Blood Program Officer 2003-2005, and Deputy Director, Navy Blood Program-Navy Medicine West 2005-2006,
Western Area Blood Systems Director, San Diego, Joint Blood Program Officer, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp Smith Hawaii 2006-2010, and U.S.
Navy Surgeon General’s Director for the Navy Blood Program 2010-2014.
Captain Fahie attained board certification as a Specialist in Blood Banking Technology by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
He is an adjunct Professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is a delegate and member of the
American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) Special Interest Group for Transfusion Services and Blood Donor Centers, Lead Assessor for the
AABB, Inspector for the College of American Pathologists, Society of the Armed Services Medical Laboratory Scientist, qualified Medical
Operations Planner (POMI). Captain Fahie has numerous publications. His publications include research that led to a FDA approved method
for extending the shelf life of frozen red blood cells after deglycerolization from 24 hours to 14 days and a FDA licensed test for testing
blood donor units for HIV and Hepatitis C Virus by RNA.
Captain Fahie has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Meritorious Service medals, Joint Service Commendation
medal, three Navy Commendation medals, two Navy Achievement medals, two Good Conduct medals, Naval Reserves Meritorious Service Medals,
and two National Defense medals in addition to numerous unit commendation awards.