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Always Better to Give Than to Receive … Until Blood Was Needed New (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Barbara Brown is a dual-service military mom with one child in the National Guard and another in the U.S. Navy. She prides herself of being patriotic and is proud of the service her children provide to the country.

Womack Junior Officer Council Hosts Blood Drive New (Geneve Mankel, Paraglide)
A blood drive will be held at the Armed Services Blood Program’s Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center, Building 8-4156 Souter Place, Sept. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Womack Army Medical Center Junior Officer Council, in partnership with the Omega Psi Phi fraternity ...

Donors Save Mom’s Life after Miscarriage, Daughter Donates at Boot Camp New (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Lorie Brady teaches middle school English language arts in rural Oklahoma. Each day, she chooses reading material and prepares discussion topics, undoubtedly ...

Update from the ASBP: Deputy Director Honored to Serve, Sgt. 1st Class John Ahern Reenlists New (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
Army Sgt. 1st Class John Ahern, the Armed Services Blood Program’s non-commissioned officer in charge, reenlisted in the U.S. Army Sept. 21 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. In front of his parents, his teammates ...

9/11 Inspires Airman to Advocate for Blood Donations New (Donna Onwona, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, National Capital Region)
For most people, the "why I should donate blood light bulb,” does not turn on until they are older or unfortunately, until someone near and dear to them needs blood. But that was not the case for an Airman at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

Blood Donation Saves Lives, Even After Things Come to a Screeching Halt New (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Sherry Lester is a Navy grandmother from Virginia. She loves to ride motorcycles and amusement park rides. She also likes to travel. But on March 29, 2012, one ...

1 Mom + 2 Sailors + 3 Donations = Success! (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
“You see it was the act of a selfless individual 21 years ago, who too was O-negative, that I am forever grateful for (my son) still being alive,” said Sherise Blackwood. Until recently, Blackwood had never donated blood.

Marine Combat Training Battalion at the School of Infantry (West) Supports ASBP Every Week (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
The Marine Combat Training Battalion at the School of Infantry (West), Camp Pendleton, Calif., trains an average of 12,000 Marines a year. According to the battalion’s website, its mission is to “train non-infantry Marines ...

‘Mama Knows Best,’ Then Donors Take Care of the Rest (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Mama always said “Don’t go out riding after dark.” Unfortunately, some kids just don’t listen. Dwight Allsep is now a grandfather to a Sailor in the U.S. Navy. He is a living miracle that inspired awe from his heart surgery. He was also one of those ...

ASBWPL-West Officer Recognized for Hard Work and Dedication (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
Every quarter, select Airmen of all ranks are recognized by their supervisors and respective leadership for their continuous hard work and dedication. In August, Air Force Staff Sgt. Elisabeth Wilson, the quality assurance manager at the Armed Services Whole Blood Processing Laboratory-West ...

2nd Battalion 10th Marines Join in the Fight of Saving Lives (Wendy Binder, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Lejeune, N.C.)
The 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines has supported the Armed Services Blood Program for many years. Their help and support of the ASBP and the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune Blood Donor Center has been instrumental in meeting the mission ...

2 Navy Recruits Share Their Motivation for Donation (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
What motivates a recruit in training to take time away to donate blood? The answers may surprise you. When recruits arrive at basic training in Great Lakes, Ill., they begin their journey from civilian to Sailor. This journey includes ...

Donor Recognized for Completing 300 Platelet Donations (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
The Armed Services Blood Bank Center-Pacific Northwest on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., honored one of its longtime platelet donors Aug. 18. Charles “Chip” Dowd first started donating plasma then switched over to platelets ...

There When It Was Needed (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Kristen Shutt is a proud Navy mother. Soon, her recruit will graduate from boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill., and begin his career as a Sailor in the U.S. Navy. In July 2013, Shutt said she did not feel well and made an appointment ...

Mother Thankful After Blood Donors Delivered (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Cherlotta Goss is thankful. She is thankful for her five children and for the blood donors that helped ensure her youngest child survived a rough start. She is also thankful for her son that joined the U.S. Navy.

Red, White, Blue Saves Lives (Airman 1st Class Tenley Long, 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs)
Red, white and blue flows through all of us. Not only in a metaphorical “American pride” sense but through blue veins filled with red and white blood cells. The ASBP conducted a blood drive Aug. 9 at the main basketball court inside the Sports and Fitness Center on ...

Cadets Donate 3,000 Units during Summer Training (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
“They mentioned that the blood is going to Soldiers in need, so that is definitely a motivator to donate blood,” said Cadet Brianna Cortes as she sat in a blood donation chair waiting for her chance to help the ASBP save lives. Cortes was one of thousands who rolled up their sleeves ...

Some Just Do It (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
Many people donate blood. Some donate blood and work in the field of blood collection. A few military personnel and civilians even come back to the Armed Services Blood Bank Center-Pacific Northwest on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., after they have departed for other assignment or jobs.

My Legacy: U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Ariel Gil-Rosario (An interview)
This summer, the Armed Services Blood Program celebrates the Legacy of Blood from generation to generation. For the first time, the military blood program’s communications and marketing team was able to coordinate photo shoots with a service member from each service ...

Navy Mom Appreciates Blood Donors After Health Scare (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Alisha Bratschi, a Navy mom, appreciates blood donors. Without these donors, she may not have survived an unexpected hospitalization last year. The mother of four was not feeling well for a few months, but she had no idea ...

Yet Another Way NHCL Staff Help Save Lives (Wendy Binder, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Lejeune, N.C.)
Busy is an understatement for the staff at the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, N.C. Every day, they work hard to ensure top quality patient care. Tending to the needs of the patients and their jobs, the NHCL staff still find the time during ...

Waiting Isn’t Always the Hardest Part (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Leila Swyka is awaiting a kidney transplant. She has a disorder known as polycystic kidney disease that has caused her kidneys to stop functioning well. After her health suddenly declined, she received many blood transfusions ...

Need a Few Blood Donors? Here’s Several Hundred! (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Metzer, an operations specialist in the U.S. Navy, is a recruit division commander at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. His role to help train civilians into Sailors the past three years ...