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The Armed Services Blood Program Office (ASBPO) is a joint health agency chartered to monitor the implementation of blood program policies established by the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) [ASD(HA)] and to coordinate the blood programs of the military Services (Army, Navy, Air Force) and the unified commands. The U.S. Army Surgeon General, on behalf of the Secretary of the Army, serves as the Executive Agent for the ASBPO for administrative support and staff supervision. The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), by Memorandum of Understanding, are responsible for the review and provision of guidance in all matters regarding blood support in joint operational planning. The ASD(HA) provides policy guidance to the ASBPO. All of the ASBP components function together to successfully operate the military blood program. Today's Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) consists of approximately 81 blood banks and blood donor centers worldwide, including 22 Food and Drug Administration licensed blood donor centers.


The Armed Services Blood Program, More Than 60 Years of Giving
The ASBP celebrates more than 60 years of providing blood products to military members and their families. This retrospective offers a look at the challenges the program has overcome and the advances it has made in its years of service to the military community.


Armed Services Blood Program Military History
Discover the important role blood has played in major military conflicts.


Office of Medical History
Learn about the Blood Program in World War II, Blood, Plasma, and Related Programs in the Korean War, and Medical Support of the U.S. Army in Vietnam from the Office of Medical History.


Armed Services Whole Blood Processing Laboratory (ASWBPL) Origin and History
Track the progress and accomplishments of the ASWBPL from the establishment of the first lab on the East Coast in 1955 to the dedication of the West Coast lab in 1995.


ASBP Support During the Kosovo Conflict
In March 1999, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces commenced a phased air bombing campaign to enforce compliance with the terms of a United Nations Security Resolution. The United States contributed military and humanitarian support through Operation Noble Anvil and Joint Task Force (JTF) Shining Hope. Both operations required mobilization of ASBP resources.


Blood Support for Kenya and Tanzania Embassy Bombings
This chronology of events details ASBP communication and coordination that ensured blood was available for victims.


Blood Program Advances During Vietnam
Changes made in the collection, allocation, and distribution of blood during Vietnam facilitated better care for wounded Service members and led to permanent adjustments within the ASBP.


The Army Blood Program
Learn about the rich history of the Army Blood Program, whose roots can be traced back to World War II. The Army Blood Program's history spans several decades of war and peace, and encompasses technological and procedural advancements that have shaped the way service members, veterans and their family members receive lifesaving blood.


Decades of Working Together to Save Lives: A History of the Military Blood Program (AMEDD Historian, page 17) [879 KB]
With roots that can be traced back to World War II, the Armed Services Blood Program – the official blood collection, blood component manufacturing and transfusion program for the U.S. military – has a storied history. The program represents all three services and coordinates among the blood programs of the Army, Navy and Air Force as well as the unified commands. It relies upon many components (such as the Service Blood Program Offices, blood donor centers, Blood Product Depots and Blood Support Detachments, among others) to provide blood and blood products to ill or injured service members and their families worldwide – in peacetime and war.