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In the Nick of Time: Blood Donations Help Save Major’s Life (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
Air Force Maj. Tobie Wethington knows well the critical difference blood can make. In the early 1990s, while giving birth, she required several units of blood. "The midwife that delivered my son acted as a literal human clamp until the doctor on call arrived to stop the flow of blood and save my life,” she said.

The Test of Success (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
Training combat medics for their operational mission and supporting a blood drive for their own battalion in a tent during the cold weather would be a true test for any program. When the Armed Services Blood Bank Center-Pacific Northwest was faced with that situation with the 153rd Blood Detachment, everyone came out a winner.

Green Knights Give Red (Erin Longacre, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Gordon, Ga.)
Cold weather couldn’t put a damper on the patriotism of 20 Fort Gordon area motorcyclists Nov. 15. They suited up and braved freezing temperatures for the Blood for Brotherhood Ride, hopefully the first of many such events sponsored by the Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club, Chapter 123.

Tailgate Party for 4th Annual Army-Navy Blood Donor Challenge (Vikki Fernette, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Bethesda, Md.)
What would football be without the traditional tailgate party? Well, resident “grill masters” took their places behind the grills, and more than 50 Armed Services Blood Bank Center team members chowed down on hamburgers, hot dogs and bräts to kick off the fourth annual Army-Navy Blood Donor Challenge.

The Number 5 Can Be a Special Number (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
Boron is the chemical element with atomic number five. A polygon with five sides is called a pentagon. For some regular blood donors, like retired Fleet Readiness Center-Northwest Maintenance Master Chief Leonard Brown, five is...

Twins to the Rescue in Great Lakes (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
The Holmes twins are now Sailors in the United States Navy. On Oct. 31, they graduated initial training in boot camp. With their family cheering them on, these two Sailors are already on their way to a great career in the U.S. Navy. But before they move on to their first command, the ladies...

O-Negative Thursdays (Wendy Binder, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Lejeune, N.C.)
The Camp Lejeune Blood Donor Center has a very unique mission within the Armed Services Blood Program. Along with Blood Donor Processing Division, Great Lakes in Illinois, the Camp Lejeune Blood Donor Center is tasked with freezing blood for the entire Department of Defense.

Bragg Soldiers Turn Out for “Blood Battle” Donation Campaign (Amanda Dolasinski, Staff Writer, Fayetteville Observer)
In October, Soldiers across the 82nd Airborne Division were vying to become the bloodiest. Paratroopers donated blood to the Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center as part of a month-long "Blood Battle" campaign that drew attention to the constant demand for blood products for military personnel.

Operations Management Makes It Happen (Wendy Binder, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Lejeune, N.C.)
Often times, it can be challenging to not only recruit platelet donors but to also keep the schedule filled. Unexpected events sometimes cause donors to cancel their appointments, while others are deferred for various health or travel reasons.

Flores Named First Fenwal Donation Hall of Fame Member (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Petty Officer 2nd Class Rio R. Flores, a boatswain mate, recently received a 2014 Blood Donation Hall of Fame award from Fenwal Fresenius Kabi, global blood technology company dedicated to supporting transfusion medicine and cell therapies. She accepted the award...

Service with a Smile: Part I (Jerrick Alexander, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Pentagon Blood Donor Center)
Behind-the-scenes services are common for the Pentagon Blood Donor Center. Staff members from the Army Multimedia Visual Information Department, Pentagon Army Graphics Customer Assistance Center and the DiLorenzo Tricare Healthcare Clinic Laboratory provide more than their specialty services for the Pentagon Blood Donor Center.

Pirates and Turtles Donate Blood on Halloween (Wendy Binder, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Lejeune, N.C.)
Well it’s that time of year again and here at the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune Blood Donor Center that can only mean one thing — the annual Halloween blood drive. Year-to-year, this blood drive produces more than 45 units of blood and is a big hit with hospital staff.

Blood Donations Go from Red to Green on Fort Gordon (Erin Longacre, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Gordon, Ga.)
An annual event at Fort Gordon, Ga., recently drew to a close with a lot of smiles, sugary treats and some pretty cool zombie T-shirts. But it’s about Christmas, not Halloween. The annual Red to Green campaign happens each October on post, and makes unlikely partners of...