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Camaro vs. Schwinn: Blood Saves the Day Again New (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Navy dad James Buttrey worked hard growing up. He saved enough to buy a 10-speed bike and even had a little left over to save up for the next thing he worked for. Today, he looks forward to seeing his son, Seaman Recruit Robert Buttrey, graduate boot camp and serve in the U.S. Navy.

Every Drop Counts: Squadron 15 Hosts Blood Drive New (Petty Officer 1st Class Jamica Johnson, Commander, Submarine Squadron 15 Public Affairs)
One by one, the volunteers finished their questionnaires and took a seat, bracing in anticipation of the small pinch they would endure in exchange for the opportunity to grant the gift of life to a fellow service member.

Recruit Takes Security in Her Aunt’s Story New (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Sometimes blood transfusions are part of prolonging a life when illnesses continue to take a toll on their recipients. Navy Recruit Adriana Hamlett will soon serve as an aviation ordinanceman in the U.S. Navy. Whether working on ships or on aircraft, her work will carry the certainty ...

It Could Have Ended That Day (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Seaman Recruit Christina Cavender is lucky to be here. She is lucky to have the chance to serve in the U.S. Navy. While she has never suffered serious injury, her father Terry Cavender did. “I will always donate blood to help others,” she said. “My father needed blood and medical intervention after a horrific accident many years ago.”

262nd Quartermaster Battalion Blood Drive Spearheaded by Victor Company (Submitted by 1st Lt. Amber T. Shipmon, Executive Officer, Victor Company, 262nd QM BN)
The 262nd Quartermaster Battalion participated in an Armed Services Blood Program blood drive, March 18, coordinated through the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Blood Donor Center in Portsmouth, Va. Nearly 200 personnel ...

When a Headache Becomes a Medical Emergency (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Navy mom Shannon Stewart is a survivor from a medical emergency that could have ended badly. When she suddenly became critically ill, medical intervention and blood donations made the difference.

2017 Lab of the Year: David Grant Medical Center Laboratory (Medical Laboratory Observer staff)
Travis Air Force Base, located in the San Francisco Bay area, near the town of Fairfield, California in Solano County, is an integral part of the American military. The host unit at Travis AFB is the 60th Air Mobility Wing, which is the largest wing in the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command.

Profiles of Dedication: Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Nobriga (Ralph Peters, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Portsmouth, Va.)
Since April 2013, Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Nobriga, a hospital corpsman, has been assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron 24. Upon his promotion to first class petty officer, he assumed the duties as its senior department representative, supervising all department personnel ...

Spider Bite Leads to Surgery, Blood Transfusions (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Navy grandmother Norma Heron needed blood after surgery. Her need was great and the reason was a simple spider bite. “In July 2004, I was bitten by a brown recluse spider on my upper thigh,” Heron said. “Having been bitten by spiders before and not having any real problem ...

Donor Center Passes FDA Inspection with Zero Deficiencies (Carl Norman, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.)
The Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center received the Food and Drug Administration’s green light to continue collecting blood for another two years after passing their biennial compliance inspection March 28.

A Legacy to Celebrate (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
On March 17, 2017, the Armed Services Blood Bank Center-Pacific Northwest at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., conducted its annual donor recognition ceremony to honor apheresis donors, military commands and organizations for their contributions. It is because of their unwavering of support that the ASBBC-PNW ...

Where Does Your Blood Go? (William Sallette, Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii)
When you donate your blood, do you know where it goes and who gets to use it? The ASBP at the Tripler Army Medical Center, also known as TAMC, collects blood and other blood products for service members around the globe. The blood that the ASBP collects is heavily scrutinized and is used strictly for service members and their families.

Relief after Years of Fatigue (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Navy mom Doris Tofaeono suffered for many years from a low red blood cell count. It was something she dealt with as a daily issue. “As long as I can remember, I've always had a problem with my blood,” she said. “For years, I was not well at all. You could say I was like a walking time bomb, just waiting to explode. It was truly the grace of God ...

USPACOM ASBBC Collects Blood for Balikatan Exercise in the Philippines (Lance Cpl. Danielle Prentice, Marine Corps Installations Pacific)
Having blood on hand is very important during training with live ammunition, especially when held in remote locations where hospitals are out of immediate reach. The U.S. Pacific Command Armed Services Blood Bank Center ...

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proudly Supports the Troops (Shawntel Trowell, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, National Capital Region)
The Armed Services Blood Bank Center for the National Capital Region used the blood mobile to hold their first blood drive with the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services March 30. “Blood donations are important for all; however, the ASBP ...

Combat Blood: A Commentary (Joseph-Luis Kilgo, ASBBC-E Education and Training NCOIC, Landstuhl, Germany)
Most laboratory technicians can attest as why our career field could be considered the secret hero of the hospital or clinic. However, we rarely see the immediate impact from our hard work. Processing legitimate test results is a thankless job. After seven years in the Air Force, as a laboratory technician, I thought I had experienced all of the wonderful ...

A Reunion in Great Lakes (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
The Pearlmutter family donates blood regularly. Recently, three of the family members donated blood at Great Lakes, Ill., during a stop-over for Pam and Marty Pearlmutter to see their Sailor, Seaman Jacob Pearlmutter. Collectively, these three family members have donated over 23-gallons of red blood cells. Each one of them is an O-negative blood type.

GLWACH Commander Supports Military Blood Program (Carl Norman, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.)
With more than 20 years of duty under his belt, including service in Iraq and Afghanistan and military treatment facilities across the United States, the current General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital commander has seen a lot.

Air Force Special Ops Medics to Test Freeze-dried Plasma on the Battlefield (Charlsy Panzino, Air Force Times)
Plasma makes up more than half of a person’s blood, and its clotting properties help stop bleeding —which is why medics carry the precious liquid, in frozen form, on the battlefield. Frozen plasma needs to be kept cold, however, and lugging a freezer in combat isn’t exactly practical.