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Six Years, Still Going Strong (Michelle Lele, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Tripler, Hawaii)
More than 80 civilians and service members from the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and the Intermediate Maintenance Facility came out to support a four-hour summer blood drive. Despite a decline in blood donations from military personnel due to travel overseas to malaria risk countries, vaccinations and tattoos, these two facilities have supported the Tripler Blood Donor Center and the ASBP for the past six years.

Bingo, Briefings, Blood and Bonding (Lori A. Kuczmanski, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Bliss, Texas)
More than 200 Soldiers and family members participated in the A4 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense’s Organizational Day, which included Bingo, briefings, a blood drive and a day of bonding with each other.

Blood Without Borders: The Emerging World of Cold-Store Platelets (Ramin A. Khalili, USAMRMC Combat Casualty Care Research Program)
After moderating a lengthy session on blood products at the 2015 Military Health System Research Symposium, Dr. Heather Pidcoke summed up two hours of dense technological conversation into just five words.

On the Blood Grid: Sailors Infuse Life in Portland (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
In Portland, Ore., tucked away along the Swan Island Basin is a small military installation unknown to most. It’s the Navy Operational Support Center Portland, and its mission is to generate mobilization readiness by providing administrative services, training support and...

Military Blood Program Plans for the Future (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
The ASBP recently updated their Armed Services Blood Program Strategic Plan, Marketing Plan, and Strategic Communications Plan, three tools the agency will use to shape the future of the military blood program. Both the Marketing Plan and the Strategic Communications Plan fall under the umbrella of the ASBP Strategic Plan, which...

68 Charlies Save Lives Between Classes (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
The 68 Charlies, or practical nursing specialists, are students attending phase two of their advanced individual training at the Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. They are also young, healthy Soldiers who are stepping up between classes to save lives.

DHA Director Discusses Advances in Trauma Care (Military Health System Communications Office)
Advances in trauma care have accelerated over the past decade, spurred by injuries in Afghanistan and Iraq. As the war in Afghanistan ends and individuals leave the military, there is concern that medical experience and knowledge acquired during the conflict may be lost within the military itself.

New ASBP Deputy Director Ready to Make a Difference (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
The ASBP welcomed Army Lt. Col. Carmen Alesia Bell to the team. Bell, who has more than 20 years of military experience under her belt, is the new deputy director of operations for the military blood program. Her main goal: to ensure that enough blood and blood products are available and distributed to support our warfighters and their beneficiaries.

On the Blood Grid: Marines Help with Summer Blood Supply (Cesar Fontanilla, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Pendleton, Calif.)
More than 100 Marines from the 1st Maintenance Battalion, Repairable Maintenance Company recently participated in their summer blood drive. Despite Southern California’s sizzling weather, the Marines showed their full support of the Armed Services Blood Program by...

Future Blood Banking Leadership Graduates (Donna Onwona, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, National Capital Region)
After 12 months of rigorous classrooms instruction, research and clinical training, the Specialist in Blood Banking Fellowship Program graduated nine students at a ceremony held at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

On the Blood Grid: First-time Donors Infuse Life at the Pentagon (Jerrick Alexander, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Pentagon)
At the Pentagon Blood Donor Center, two first-time blood donors recently jacked into the Blood Grid and infused life to ill or injured service members, veterans and their families worldwide. Lisa Croswait, a Headquarters, Department of the Army contractor, came to the Pentagon from Ohio.

Blood Donors Rush to Help on Both Coasts (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
When Navy Seaman Recruits James D. Bosma and Jacob L. Greenberg put the word out to family and loved ones, to donate blood for the military, the response was swift. With quick action and a focus of helping others, blood donation appointments were made on both ends of the country.

Family Bonding Time at the Pentagon Blood Donor Center (Jerrick Alexander, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Pentagon)
Summer plans are different for everyone. Some go to the beach; others sit by the pool or head to an amusement park. The Golias family donated blood. Donating blood is an inexpensive and lifesaving way to spend time with family and friends. Michael Golias has been a regular whole blood donor cine the age of 18. He began donating blood with...