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New Blood Donors Have Soldier’s Gratitude (Erin Longacre, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Gordon, Ga.)
Ta'tianya Berry is now a healthy, happy 7-year-old due to excellent medical care and the selflessness of blood and platelet donors. The daughter of Army healthcare specialist Staff Sgt. Brittney England, who is currently stationed at ...

Profiles of Dedication: Master Chief Tom Jackson (Ralph Peters, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Portsmouth, Va.)
Meet Navy Master Chief Tom Jackson. Jackson has been stationed at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. for the past 10 years of his 24-year career in the United States Navy. Hailing from Wayland, Mich., Jackson attended Embry Riddle University of Daytona, Fla., and received a Bachelor of Science ...

Donor Helps Babies in Need (Jerrick Alexander, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Pentagon)
In order to donate blood for an infant patient, a donor must have an O-negative blood type and be negative for a virus called the cytomegalovirus, or CMV. Since only about 7 percent of the U.S. population has O-negative blood, finding a donor who meets all of the donation criteria can sometimes prove challenging. One day at the Pentagon Blood Donor Center ...

Would You Be Rich or Poor? (Carl Norman, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.)
Someone once asked the question: “If someone were to pay you ten cents for every kind deed you did for people and collect five cents for every unkind or uncaring deed, would you be rich or poor?” While contemplating which side of that coin you’re on, the Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center reminds everyone that kind deeds take many forms; but...

New Regulation May Open Doors for Mothers to Donate Platelets, Plasma (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
Mother of three and Armed Services Blood Bank Center-Pacific Northwest staff member, Tech. Sgt. Caitlin Alexander, has always wanted to donate plasma. However, 10 years ago ...

Soldiers Participate in Emergency Whole Blood Transfusion Training (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
According to Army Medicine publication, Emergency War Surgery, nearly 75 percent of all battlefield trauma casualties requiring evacuation do not require any blood product ...

‘One Team, One Fight’: New Joint Donor Center Operational in San Antonio (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
The ASBP opened the doors to its fifth tri-service donor center May 16. The new Armed Services Blood Bank Center-San Antonio located at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, operates under the Air Force Blood Program’s licenses, but is staffed ...

ASBP to Conduct 13 Blood Drives at Fort Knox This Summer (Carl Norman, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.)
Helping the ill and injured service members while educating tomorrow’s leaders on the importance of doing so is what a series of blood drives at Fort Knox, Ky., hopes to accomplish June 28-Aug. 14.

Womack Junior Officer Council Sets Blood Donation Record (Sameria Zavala, Womack Army Medical Center Public Affairs Office)
The Womack Army Medical Center Junior Officer Council held an ASBP blood drive at the Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center. The group set a record of 96 people during the JOC blood drive.

Blood Donation Saved My Newborn Son (Ted Exstein, HQ USAREUR OPM, Wiesbaden, Germany)
Life is full of milestones: birth, first words, first steps, school, graduation, marriage and children. Recently, I passed a milestone of my own: the last time I could give blood in Europe to the Armed Services Blood Program. In July, I will have a total of five years in certain European countries behind me ...

One Little Baby, One Big Story (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
“It’s a girl!” The arrival of a new addition to a military family is one of life’s greatest moments. On April 20, 2015, the Shreve family heard these words from the staff at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia. Baby Shreve had reported onboard to join the ranks of the six members of this family.

Whitney Completes 770th Platelet Donation at ASBBC-PNW (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
Most people spend the majority of their lives working towards a career; but very few can claim that once their career was complete, they spent their retirement in a second career in the field of donation. Al Whitney is one of those people.

Sailors Use Speed, Mobility to Save Lives (Cpl. Alexander Mitchell, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa)
The difference between life and death for a severely wounded individual depends on how long it takes to get them medical care. Sailors here understand the need for urgency and are using a system to save time and lives.

It May Have Taken Awhile, But It’s Back (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
When the Branch Health Clinic Collection Challenge began in late 2011, the USS Tranquillity Branch Health Clinic 1007 medical staff stepped up to win the first-ever quarterly traveling trophy. Every quarter, four clinics compete for the highest number of blood collections in Great ...