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USS Abraham Lincoln Hosts Blood Drive for ASBP (Seaman Apprentice Brandon Davis, USS Abraham Lincoln)
Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) conducted blood drives in support of the Armed Services Blood Program at Huntington Hall in Newport News, Va., July 10 and 17. The ASBP offers a front-line supply of blood to service members in need.

Military Blood Program Ads on Display in the Pentagon (Jerrick Alexander, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Pentagon)
At the entrance of the Pentagon and throughout the building, the InfoNet Digital Signage Solution displays various advertisements about safety, transportation and upcoming events. Among them is one about the ASBP. Anyone walking by the display can quickly learn all about the military blood program’s mission to...

Soldier Determined Never to Quit; Living the Creed (Robert A. Whetstone, Brooke Army Medical Center Public Affairs)
After nearly a two-year battle with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, Spc. Gustavo Moreno passed away July 24, 2015. Although doctors only gave him a few months to live, Moreno wanted to make other service members and the public aware of the importance of bone marrow donations.

Meet the Robinsons (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Mother and daughter: both Sailors, both hospital corpsmen. One is retired from the Navy, while the other is just beginning her service. Meet the Robinsons! Navy retired Chief Petty Officer Pamela Robinson said she joined the Navy “a long time ago.” She first enlisted and became an Airdale and served as an airman at Naval Air Station Lemore, Calif.

Maj. Ivan Castro Visits Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center (Eve Meinhardt, Womack Army Medical Center Public Affairs Office)
Maj. Ivan Castro stopped by the Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center June 23 to remind the phlebotomists and staff how important their jobs are when it comes to the lives they help save. Castro was injured in Yusifiyah, Iraq, Sept. 2, 2006. A mortar round landed near him, shattering numerous bones...

“Waterborne” Battalion: Why I Donate (Ralph Peters, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Portsmouth, Va.)
The 10th Battalion of the 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) is located on Fort Eustis in Newport News, Va. Consisting of more than 1,000 Soldiers, the “Waterborne” Battalion provides small and medium watercraft services for the U.S. Army in worldwide combat and humanitarian missions.

Military Blood Program Supports Pacific Partnership 2015 (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
The U.S. Pacific Command and the Armed Services Blood Program conducted a three-day Blood Safety Workshop as part of Pacific Partnership 2015 in Pohnpei, one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia, July 1-3. According to Navy Lt. Cmdr. Frederick Matheu, PACOM joint blood program officer, Pacific Partnership is in its 10th iteration and...

On the Blood Grid: Donors Infuse Life in the North, South, East and West (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Ask a military family member to support the cause and they come running! Recently, four Navy family members jacked into the Blood Grid and infused life with the ASBP.

On the Blood Grid: Donors Connect 900 Miles Apart (Erin Longacre, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Gordon, Ga.)
Incredibly, in this day and age, people all over the world are able to instantly connect with the help of technology and social media. Donors and patients, service members and families, representatives from all branches of service are also all plugged into a lifesaving network through the ASBP.

Going the Distance to Help Others (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Ariagna Palancar-Roca has been a tremendous asset for the Armed Services Blood Program since she took over as the blood drive site coordinator at her branch clinic two years ago. Her nursing education in her home country of Cuba prepared her to be an excellent coordinator for the military blood program.

Army Lt. Col. Robert K. Pell Jr. Retires After 30 Years of Military Service (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
Dozens gathered in the Memorial Auditorium at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., June 26 to celebrate the career of Army Lt. Col. Robert “Ken” Pell Jr. After 30 years and nine months of service, Pell retired from the military with family, friends and colleagues...

Donors and Military Units Recognized for Dedication, Duty, Service (Mark Salcedo, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Sam Houston, Texa)
The nation’s military healthcare system depends on the ASBP to provide a sustained, secure and safe blood supply across the country and around the world. The military blood program...

Innovative Summer Ads Advise: “Jack Into the Blood Grid, Infuse Life” (Military Health System, Communications Office)
Starting July 1, the ASBP will call upon prospective blood donors around the world to “Jack into the Blood Grid and Infuse Life” this summer. By way of edgy print and display ads coupled with a robust social media campaign, the ASBP hopes to...

Soldiers and Cadets Donate Blood to the Frontlines (Staff Sgt. Nondice Thurman, 372nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
The ASBP is conducting a blood drive on Fort Knox, Ky., which started June 27 and ends Aug. 10. Cadets and cadre participating in this year’s U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps Cadet Summer Training are donating blood along with other members of the Fort Knox community.

World Blood Donor Day 2015: “Thank You For Saving My Life” (Military Health System, Communications Office)
“Thank you for saving my life,” is the theme of World Blood Donor Day June 14. Sponsored annually by the World Health Organization, World Blood Donor Day acknowledges the millions of people who have made life-saving blood donations and recognizes the significant work of blood donor programs around the world. One of those organizations is the Armed Services Blood Program, the U.S. military’s official program of blood collection, manufacturing and transfusion.

Blood Program Relies on Local Donors (Laura Levering, Fort Gordon, Ga., Public Affairs Office)
Life’s pace slows down for many people during summer months, but the need for blood does not. A rise in the number of people who travel throughout summer can equate to a rise in the number of accidents that send people to the hospital; some with life-threatening injuries. Without a steady blood supply, the outcome could be tragic.

Military Blood Program Welcomes Army Sgt. 1st Class John Ahern (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
The military blood program recently welcomed U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class John Ahern to the team. Ahern, who serves as the ASBP’s noncommissioned officer-in-charge, has a distinguished 12-year military career and one goal: “to have a positive impact on the personnel I serve with and the mission that we accomplish together as a team.”

A “Schips-Shaped” Navy (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
The Schips are a three generation Navy family. With the addition of the newest Sailor to boot camp, Seaman Recruit David Schips, the Navy continues to stock the fleet with “Schips-shaped” Sailors. Several weeks after leaving home in Beaverdam, Va., and starting boot camp at the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill., Schips stood ready...

Sykes’ Regulars Do it Again (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
The 5th Battalion of the 20th Infantry Regiment, known as “Sykes’ Regulars,” is a U.S. Army infantry regiment stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and part of the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. It was one of the original battalions selected to take part in the testing and fielding of the Army's Stryker vehicle.