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NDU Professor Donates Blood to Say Thanks

By Donna Onwona, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Bethesda, Md.
Every region that the Armed Services Blood Program operates in has its own unique demographics — whether it be predominately Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines. The National Capital Region is unique in that there is even greater diversity in the support of the ASBP mission coming from not only all services but a very diverse civilian population including many immigrants from every corner of the world.

Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, a professor with National Defense Universities Near East –South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, is a regular donor at NDU’s ASBP blood drives and an example of the diversity of the Washington metro area donors.

National Defense University, located at Fort Lesley McNair in Washington, D.C., is where joint warfighters and national security leaders exemplify this diversity with a student body and faculty from military services in the U.S. and around the world.

Bahgat, a multi-gallon donor, came to the United States from Cairo, Egypt, in 1985 to complete his Ph.D. at Florida State University and as his career progressed, he made a point to donate as often as possible.

“This was my way of giving back and thank the U.S. for the opportunity I’ve had,” Bahgat said.

Bahgat has been in his current position with NDU since 2009 where he donates at ASBP blood drives held at NDU.

“I am proud to be a U.S. citizen and to be able to serve our military,” he said. “The U.S. has given me a lot of opportunity and this is my way to give back not only as a citizen, but as a Muslim American.”

Even with his demanding schedule as a professor, Bahgat has found the time to donate nearly 10 gallons of blood throughout the years and strongly encourages all who are able to donate blood.

“When I came to the U.S., I worked at (at a fast food restaurant) and now I am a professor at a prestigious Department of Defense University,” he said. “I am blessed, I am healthy, and it is an easy way to give back and support our military. Blood saves lives and it’s a great feeling to be able to help other people.”

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.