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Fort Leonard Wood’s Top 10 Donating Units of 2017

02/28/2018
By Carl Norman, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
Nearly 6,400 people, like the service members shown here, raised their hands to donate blood at the Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center in 2017. (Photo by Carl Norman)
Nearly 6,400 people, like the service members shown here, raised their hands to donate blood at the Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center in 2017. (Photo by Carl Norman)
Saying ‘thank you’ just doesn’t seem like enough.

Those sentiments came from Army Capt. Patrick Kaer, Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center officer in charge, as he recalled the generosity that post units showed in 2017 by donating to the Armed Services Blood Program.

The Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center is one of 22 facilities around the world that collect blood for the ASBP, the official blood collection, manufacturing and transfusion program for the U.S. military.

In 2017, the Missouri-based collection crew conducted 223 blood drives which saw nearly 6,400 volunteer donors raise their hands to help save and change lives. When all was said and done, the staff collected almost 5,000 units of blood which made potentially 10,000 blood products available to service members and their families worldwide. To put this into perspective, the center’s total collections equates to one unit of blood for every Soldier serving in two average-size Army brigades or every man, woman and child living in nearby Waynesville and St. Robert, Mo., combined.

“A heartfelt ‘thank you’ goes out to everyone who donated with us in 2017,” Kaer said. “We know people are busy, and on behalf of those receiving these blood products, we thank them for taking the time to care for others. Every unit counts and lives are saved or changed because of your generosity.”

Since Fort Leonard Wood is a training installation, the lion’s share of donations came from Soldiers in training here. In 2017, the donor center saw 105 walk-in donors from the permanent-party community, but the remaining donations came from Soldiers in training. According to Kaer, everyone is a true hero for helping to save lives..

“Seeing young men and women donate to a cause that’s bigger than themselves shows me our military is in good hands,” he said. “Without them, we couldn’t accomplish our mission and people would suffer as a result.” To salute the organizations who donated at the Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center last year, the staff offers its final list of the Top 10 Donating Units of 2017.

No. 1: The Marine Corps Detachment donated 422 units in 24 drives. The detachment trains Marines in engineer, military police and motor transportation specialties and boasts the largest Marine Corps unit not located on a Marine Corps installation.

No. 2: Bravo Company, 554th Engineer Battalion. This Engineer Basic Officer Leadership Course company donated 231 units in nine drives.

No. 3: Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, a Basic Combat Training company, donated 222 units in five drives.

No. 4: Bravo Company, 58th Transportation Battalion, an Advanced Individual Training company specializing in motor vehicle transportation, donated 198 units in 12 drives.

No. 5: General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, Fort Leonard Wood’s source of medical care, gave 154 units in five drives.

No. 6: Alpha Company, 35th Engineer Battalion, a One Station Unit Training company, donated 145 units in four drives.

No. 7: (three-way tie): Delta Company, 31st Engineer Battalion and Charlie Company, 35th Engineer Battalion, both OSUT companies, along with Alpha Company, 58th Transportation Battalion, an AIT company, each gave 131 units in four, five and 13 drives, respectively.

No. 8: Charlie Company, 58th Transportation Battalion, a motor vehicle transportation AIT company, gave 130 units in 11 drives.

No. 9: Alpha Company, 31st Engineer Battalion, an OSUT unit, donated 126 units in six drives.

No. 10: Bravo Company, 35th Engineer Battalion, an OSUT unit, donated 125 units in six drives.

“Donating blood is something most people don’t think about until some sort of illness or injury strikes them,” Kaer said. “We’re asking everyone to think about the people who are already there and need blood to recover. Donating is a simple act that doesn’t take much time but can have life-changing results. Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who donated with us last year and we look forward to seeing them again this year, along with a large group of new donors.”

For more information about the Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center or to make an appointment to donate, call 573-596-5385 or email Carl.A.Norman2.civ@mail.mil.

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.