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NMC Camp Lejeune Blood Donor Center Gives Thanks

By Wendy Binder, ASBP blood donor recruiter, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
It was another great year for the Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune Blood Donor Center. Faithful donors, battalions and blood drive coordinators are the reason the NMCCL BDC was able to fulfill its mission and collect the much needed blood to support active duty, family members and retirees at home and abroad for 2017. Without their support and dedication, it would be an impossible achievement. For this, they were recognized at the annual Blood Donor Appreciation Luncheon on March 22.

Seven battalions, seven blood drive coordinators and 12 donors were recognized at this year’s event. Navy Lt. Jacob Hasty, director of the donor center, was the master of ceremonies and gave insight on the successes of the year. He also gave thanks to all in attendance for their supreme contributions to the mission. He then turned over the podium to Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cody Patton, who was the guest speaker.

Patton gave a heartfelt speech on his experiences while deployed and how the blood collected from the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) enabled him to save the lives of fellow Sailors, Soldiers, Marines and Airmen. It was an amazing speech that drove home the importance of the ASBP mission and how the help from the battalions, coordinators and donors were instrumental in saving countless lives.

One such donor present was Navy Petty Officer 3rd class Alexandra Martin. “The appreciation event is always a nice reminder that donating is important and that what the ASBP is doing is vital to saving lives,” said Martin. “Thank you for allowing me to do my part.”

Hasty presented plaques to all recipients on behalf of the donor center, a small token of thanks for their continued support of the program. Following the award presentation, attendees enjoyed a buffet lunch and spent time talking with each other on their experiences with the ASBP and NMCCL BDC.

NMCCL Assistant Public Affairs Officer Sarah Hauck covered the event and was on hand to take pictures.

“The Blood Donor Awards is more than a way to recognize those who have donated and supported the NMCCL BDC throughout the year,” said Hauck. “The ceremony is a demonstration of the overwhelming support for our military in a specific way; civilians, active-duty and military leadership coming together to make the program the best it can be. This support from these individuals means that people can continue to be saved through these life-giving products.”

The NMCCL Blood Donor Center thanks all who attended this year’s event. Special recognition to awardees: Marine Combat Training Battalion East, Infantry Battalion East, Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools, Field Medical Training Battalion East, Marine Corps Engineer School, 2nd Medical Battalion and Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point. In addition to these battalions, NMCCL BDC would like to thank the coordinators of these blood drives: Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Miguel Shears, Marine Staff Sgt Stephen Gibbo, Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Denbow, Navy Lt. Juan Rodriguez-Barrantes, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jordan Wilkins, Marine Sgt. Taliah Terrack, Zachary Kirkendoll and Jim Barton. Last but definitely not least, are the donors who always make the supreme sacrifice by rolling up their sleeves: Christopher Sanderson, Franklin Davis, James Verteramo, Anthony Alfano, Dolores Margaret Fonte, Christina Rampe-Greenwood, Marine Staff Sgt. Beau Curtis, Matthew Guzman, Navy Capt. Kenneth Sample, Navy Lt. j.g. Daniel Murrish, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Stricklin, Navy Petty Officers 3rd Class Alexandra Martin and Michael Ward. The Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune Blood Donor Center looks forward to the continued support and another successful year in 2018.

About the Armed Services Blood Program
Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program has served as the sole provider of blood for the United States military. As a tri-service organization, the ASBP collects, processes, stores and distributes blood and blood products to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families worldwide. As one of four national blood collection organizations trusted to ensure the nation has a safe, potent blood supply, the ASBP works closely with our civilian counterparts by sharing donors on military installations where there are no military blood collection centers and by sharing blood products in times of need to maximize availability of this national treasure. To find out more about the ASBP or to schedule an appointment to donate, please visit To interact directly with ASBP staff members, see more photos or get the latest news, follow @militaryblood on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, Pinterest and @usmilitaryblood on Instagram. Find the drop. Donate.

The Armed Services Blood Program is a proud recipient of the Army Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs award for journalism.