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Cyber Training Battalion Defends Title

09/06/2017
By Erin Longacre, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Gordon, Ga.
Soldiers from Company B, Cyber Training Battalion weren’t trying to win an award when they poured into Fort Gordon, Georgia’s Kendrick Memorial Blood Center on a rainy morning recently, but it looks like they might be defending their position as last quarter’s highest participating unit.

The organization, while preparing to graduate its first class of cyber warriors, donated the most blood on the installation by percentage of their population. They are the second unit at Fort Gordon to display the red Blood Donation Excellence guidon streamer on their company flag, taking the top slot from the Cyber Noncommissioned Officers Academy in July.

Company commander Army Capt. Timothy Graziano said the streamer presentation during a company formation motivated his Soldiers to support the blood center’s mission, but not necessarily due to the competition aspect.

“I think many of the Soldiers didn’t realize the extent to which their donation directly impacted those who are deployed,” Graziano said. “Hearing what they had accomplished and where their blood had gone really emphasized what this program is about, and how it’s different than a civilian blood center.”

The small, but growing, unit sponsored a blood drive shortly after the presentation that was even more successful than their last quarter’s drive. An impressive 88 percent of their assigned personnel, both students and cadre, presented at the drive to try and give blood, from which 34 units of blood were collected!

Graziano donated, as did the company’s executive officer and many of the cadre. The unit is partly comprised of Soldiers in training, both those who just entered the Army and those who are changing their job classification to work in the cyber operations field. Having students and leadership donate together demonstrates their level of teamwork and common goals, something the Armed Services Blood Program focuses on daily to provide blood worldwide to members all of services.

Any unit on Fort Gordon will be hard pressed to volunteer at the same level of participation as an organization in which 88 percent of its personnel was willing to donate! The quarterly award streamer may remain comfortably attached to the unit flag from B Company, Cyber Training Battalion next quarter!

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.