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Col. Richard Gonzales Retires After 29 Years of Service (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
Army Col. Richard Gonzales, director of the Army Blood Program, will retire from the U.S. military effective Feb. 1, 2015. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Gonzales proudly served in the U.S. Army for 29 years, and he will be greatly missed by the entire military blood banking community.

Army Reserve Soldiers Responsible for Mission on Fort Leonard Wood (Carl Norman, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.)
There’s a critical element to the ASBP’s mission, and it is run by an oil rig worker, a retail store manager, an emergency room nurse and 16 other people with a hodgepodge of skills and abilities. Gathering as a team for no more than one year at a time, they seamlessly and efficiently...

“Just Try It Once” (Wendy Binder, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Lejeune, N.C.)
The Camp Lejeune Blood Donor Center has many blood drives supported by battalions, regiments and training schools. These drives are mostly attended by active duty service members; so in order to get the civilian population involved, the blood donor center conducts three civilian blood drives every 57 days at the main exchanges on Camp Lejeune, New River...

Director Thanks Staff at Naval Hospital Jacksonville Frozen Blood Depot (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
Navy Capt. Roland Fahie, ASBP director, and Navy Cmdr. Leslie Riggs, director of the Navy Blood Program, visited the Frozen Blood Depot at Naval Hospital Jacksonville in Florida Sept. 1-3. The purpose of the visit was to thank staff members there for their support of the ASBP and the...

Border Patrol Canine Program Sponsors Blood Drive (Lori A. Kuczmanski, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Bliss, Texas)
The Customs and Border Protection Canine Program sponsored their first-ever Armed Services Blood Program blood drive Sept 15. All blood collected by the Fort Bliss Blood Donor Center supports ill or injured service members, retirees and their families worldwide.

Blood Donors Give to Military Service Members (Heidi Linscott, Naval Health Clinic Quantico)
Naval Health Clinic Quantico, in partnership with the Armed Services Blood Program, sponsored a blood drive on Sept. 2 at the mainside clinic. Volunteer donors arrived from everywhere on base to donate to blood that will be supplied exclusively to military service members.

Wright Brothers Keep Donations Flying High (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill)
The Wright family from Cedar Park, Texas, includes three U.S. Navy Sailors and multiple blood donations. When you ask any of the Sailors about their family, they all say they are one big happy Navy family! Seaman Stephen Wright recently graduated boot camp and is now in Pensacola, Fla., attending...

ASBP Collects from Hundreds during Warrior Forge (Carl Norman, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.)
Tomorrow’s leaders are meeting today’s demands as the ASBP conducted blood drives with ROTC cadets at Fort Knox, Ky., July 3 to Aug. 12. By mid-July, the ASBP collected nearly 400 units of blood in five drives as three ASBP donor center teams had visited the Kentucky post.

Not One, but Two First-time Donors (Wendy Binder, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Lejeune, N.C.)
The Infantry Training Battalion has been a longtime supporter of the ASPB. For the last nine years, they have conducted one to two blood drives a month with the ASBP, always being sure to fit the Camp Lejeune Blood Donor Center blood drives into their schedules in a way that ensures...

Thankful Blood Recipient Shares Story (Cesar Fontanilla, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Pendleton, Calif.)
Marine Cpl. Keith Kitowski is an avid ASBP donor. Kitowski loves giving blood to the ASBP because of the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. However, several months ago, Kitowski never thought he would be the one receiving blood instead of donating it.

Family & Friends Blood Collection Challenge Takes Place in Great Lakes (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Recently, a “Friends and Family Blood Collection Challenge” was issued for Divisions 281 and 282 in Great Lakes, Ill. The response was excellent! Family and friends of Navy recruits in boot camp donated blood and blood products...

Buffalo Sailors Donate Blood to Armed Services Blood Program (MC1 Jason Swink, Pacific Submarine Force Public Affairs)
The crew of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Buffalo (SSN 715), their family and friends came out in numbers to support the Armed Services Blood Program Aug. 20 at a blood drive held adjacent to the submarine piers aboard Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.