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Making It a Priority

06/28/2017
By Wendy Binder, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Chaplain Gregory Hazlett (right) coordinated a blood drive with the 2nd Maintenance Battalion and the Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune Blood Donor Center, June 9, 2017.
Chaplain Gregory Hazlett (right) coordinated a blood drive with the 2nd Maintenance Battalion and the Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune Blood Donor Center, June 9, 2017.
The Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune Blood Donor Center depends on training schools, battalions, regiments and civilian agencies on local bases in the area to host blood drives for the Armed Services Blood Program. A lot of the blood drives are recurring happening at least once per quarter and in some cases more. From time to time, some drives will drop off of the schedule to take a break especially if they have been hosting ongoing blood drives throughout the years or if a hosting coordinator leaves.

Such is the case with 2nd Maintenance Battalion. Hosting blood drives for years, this battalion has always been ready to support. With the help of its past coordinators, these drives were instrumental in helping the Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune fulfill its mission of saving lives. Due to operational readiness and the coordinator leaving, the 2nd Maintenance Battalion dropped off of the blood drive schedule for a year. However, the blood donor center is happy to say that they have once again come through and are now on the blood drive schedule.

The first blood drive with 2nd Maintenance Battalion took place Monday, June 19, and the turnout was fantastic all because of the new site coordinator Chaplain Gregory Hazlett. His support and efforts brought the ASBP mission and its importance back to the forefront.

“My unit has been coordinating blood drives with the ASBP for as long as I have been here (two years),” Hazlett said. “However, this is my first time being the primary coordinator. The ASBP is so much easier to coordinate with than my experience with the Red Cross. Y’all do everything except provide Marines — which happens to be a commodity we have plenty of.”
Heavily promoting the blood drive, Hazlett took a direct approach when recruiting donors.

“One of the huge selling points we used in our promotion of this drive is the fact that the ASBP mission is to take care of us,” Hazlett said. “Our blood goes to military and their dependents. I sold it as you give a little blood to a brother or sister who gave more.”

His message rang clear, drawing more than 35 people to roll up their sleeves and donate and so did his actions. Leading by example, Hazlett donated himself at the blood drive.

“I give blood based on personal convictions,” he said. “I am a chaplain. My Savior gave all his blood for the people he loves. I can give a pint for my flock.”

Having such a great turnout at the first blood drive in over a year at 2nd Maintenance Battalion is very encouraging.

“We will continue to support the ASBP,” Hazlett said. “I have some great lessons learned on how to improve our numbers.”

With more than 850 potential donors at the 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Hazlett is looking to double the next blood drive collections.

The Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune Blood Donor Center and the ASBP would like to thank Hazlett for his amazing efforts and hugely successful blood drive. We know with him steering the ship collections will increase dramatically.
 
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.