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New  The Good Ol’ Days are Back Again (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
“Thousands of patients treated for Spanish flu during 1918-1919 in this original Navy Hospital” reads the plaque in front of Building 1H in Great Lakes, Ill. After the outbreak was contained, things improved in the area with the Great Lakes Navy football team winning the ...

Liberty Wing Hosts Blood Drive (Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber, 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs)
The ASBP collected blood from 48th Fighter Wing Airmen here, May 3. Each donor is screened by a member of the ASBP team to ensure 100 percent eligibility to give blood. Blood collected by the ASBP directly supports military service members and their families in need worldwide.

ASBP Director Visits Vietnam for Global Engagement Mission (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
Navy Capt. Roland Fahie, director of the Armed Services Blood Program, traveled to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam April 1-16 as part of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the U.S. Pacific Command, and the Department of Defense’s overall global engagement mission.

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Celebrates Laboratory Professionals (Cesar Fontanilla, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Pendleton, Calif.)
The laboratory department at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton began a week-long celebration of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 24-30, by hosting an ...

Update: Pathogen Reduction Live at Walter Reed (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
In May, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s apheresis section of the Armed Services Blood Bank Center in Bethesda, Md., began treating platelets collected at the donor center with the new pathogen reduction technology.

A Sunny Day in the Pacific Northwest (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
A surprisingly sunny hot April day in the Pacific Northwest made for a productive blood drive that connected blood donors from Washington to Illinois. April temperatures in the low 80s in the Puget Sound area of Washington are rare. However, what ...

Blood Components Essential to ‘Life-lyhood’ (Carl Norman, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.)
It’s the life-giving fluid every person on the planet needs, and most people take for granted. When it’s working as it should, people generally enjoy good health. When it’s not, disease and other illnesses raise their ugly heads. It is blood, and it’s essential to everyday life.