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335th TRS Give Back During the Holiday Season

12/20/2017
By Airman 1st Class Amber Bowers, 335th TRS, Keesler AFB, Miss.
Airman Kendall Benline (left), 338th TRS Cyber Transportation is ready to donate and helped by Tarissa Brown  (right), medical technician, ASBP Keesler Blood Donor Center.
Airman Kendall Benline (left), 338th TRS Cyber Transportation is ready to donate and helped by Tarissa Brown (right), medical technician, ASBP Keesler Blood Donor Center.
This holiday season, the Airmen of Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, gave blood to help support their wounded brothers and sisters in arms, a small yet crucial sacrifice our Airmen are happy to make. Airmen from all squadrons gathered in the Levitow Training Facility this December to donate blood through the Armed Services Blood Program.

The ASBP has been collecting blood for military members, their families, and retirees for over 60 years. The blood the ASBP receives is tested, processed and then shipped to anywhere U.S. service members are stationed or deployed, at home and around the world.

“I enjoy giving whatever I can to those who serve,” said Airman 1st Class Wade Manchio, radio frequency transmissions student, 338th Training Squadron.

Lisa Lynn, ASBP blood donor recruiter at Keesler AFB, states enthusiastically that she believes the Airmen at Keesler are awesome as they never hesitate to show support to the ASBP.

Airmen like Airmen 1st Class Stephen Alonso and William Gore, Airmen Dylan Pittman and Tyler Harig and many others, all share the same passion for helping in any way that they can.

“I want to do my part to save the lives of those who serve,” said Airman Valora Ngirkiklang, administration student, 335th TRS. “My blood can save the life of a service member in the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines or Navy.”

Selfless Airmen like these are doing their part, safeguarding the freedom of our country and giving hope to their fellow service members in need this holiday.

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.