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Team Dover Wins First Inter-base Blood Drive Competition

05/23/2018
By Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Jenne, 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs, Dover AFB, Delaware
Air Force Lt. Col. Jerome Vinluan, Armed Services Blood Program deputy director, presents Air Force Col. Patricia Fowler, 436th Medical Group commander, with an award for winning a blood drive challenge March 19, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The challenge took place last quarter against Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)
Air Force Lt. Col. Jerome Vinluan, Armed Services Blood Program deputy director, presents Air Force Col. Patricia Fowler, 436th Medical Group commander, with an award for winning a blood drive challenge March 19, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The challenge took place last quarter against Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)
Air Force Col. Patricia Fowler, 436th Medical Group commander, accepted an award March 19, 2018, on behalf of Team Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, for defeating the 11th Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, in a blood drive competition.

Both installations host routine Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) blood drives. In an effort to encourage more donations, the installations collaborated to create Dover’s first inter-base blood drive competition.

The ASBP is the official blood collection, manufacturing, transfusion program and provider of blood and blood products to the U.S. armed forces. Blood cannot be donated directly to the military through a civilian organization, so military members rely on the donations received during these drives.

“Donated blood and blood products go directly to saving the lives of fellow Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families,” said Air Force Tech. Sgt. Daniel Slay, 436th Operations Support Squadron C-17 Globemaster III training manager and blood drive competition point of contact. “Within 72 hours of donating blood, that blood is on an airplane destined for [deployed locations] or other areas of military need to be put directly to use in rescuing members.”

Team Dover supported the drive with 66 volunteers during the 2017 4th quarter blood drive. At the end of the drive, ASBP members collected 48 units of potent blood, an amount that would cost the military $93,600 to purchase.

Slay said he didn’t know how much blood the Airmen of Joint Base Andrews donated, but he was told it was close, even though Joint Base Andrews personnel outnumber Dover Air Force Base personnel approximately 14,000 to 10,000.

“Team Dover once again exhibited its excellence and support by donating in record numbers to save service members’ lives,” Slay said. “The ASBP Blood Challenge Award is only the embodiment of Team Dover’s selfless commitment to helping those in need; whether by executing humanitarian missions or donating blood. Team Dover proved again that the motto, ‘Aim high, Dover pride,’ is more than just words.”

The ASBP will visit Dover Air Force Base again for blood drives several times throughout 2018, including May 14, August 13 and October 15.

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.

This article originally appeared on the dover.af.mil website on March 27, 2018. Republished content may have been edited for length, clarity and to follow the ASBP style guidelines. View the original article here.