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Annual Lifesaving Summer Blood Drives Coming to Fort Knox

03/02/2018
By Deylon Douglass, ASBP blood donor recruiter, Fort Bliss, Texas
The ASBP is holding their multiple-day blood drive event once again during Cadet Summer Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky in July and August of 2018. All those from Fort Knox community are welcome to come out and donate.
The ASBP is holding their multiple-day blood drive event once again during Cadet Summer Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky in July and August of 2018. All those from Fort Knox community are welcome to come out and donate.
Every year, Army ROTC cadets from universities around the United States come to Fort Knox, Kentucky to complete their Basic and Advanced Courses; a developing and evaluating of their leadership skills and officer potential. Once again, the Armed Services Blood Program is proud to partner with the U.S. Army Cadet Command to conduct blood drives at Fort Knox in July and August of 2018. The ASBP is the official blood collection agency for the U.S. military and is tasked with providing blood to ill or injured service members and their families worldwide.

The donations directly support locations from military hospitals and ships to combat support hospitals and medics on the frontline. For example, some of the blood collected will be in Iraq or Afghanistan within 72 hours of collection. While ASBP's priority is providing for wounded warriors in overseas operations, they provide blood to service members, their families and retirees at military treatment facilities worldwide as well.

This will be the fifth year the ASBP has conducted blood drives at Fort Knox. Last year’s effort collected nearly 3,000 units of blood in 13 drives. Since a single blood donation has the potential to save up to three lives, thousands upon thousands blood products were made available to the ill and injured.

ASBP collection teams from Fort Benning and Fort Gordon, Georgia, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, will conduct 18 drives in the 53-day period and are asking everyone at the Kentucky post to roll up their sleeves and give the gift of life.

While the drives are primarily focused on the cadets attending summer training activities, everyone in the Fort Knox and surrounding communities are encouraged to stop by Smith Gym and donate. Cadets will be scheduled at specific donation times while all others can donate between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Everyone coming out to donate will receive refreshments, an ASBP t-shirt, and a heart-felt “thank you.”

All ASBP drives are open to people 18 years old and older – military or civilian. Potential donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and have been feeling well for at least three consecutive days. They must also be well hydrated and have eaten something before donating. Those wanting to donate should bring a list of foreign countries traveled to — be sure to include when, where and for how long — and a photo ID such as a military ID or driver’s license.

For more information about the Fort Knox blood drives, contact ASBP blood donor recruiter Rick Lumzy at 706-544-9427 (office) or 334-235-0261 (mobile).

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.