‘Never Daunted’ donates enough blood to be island’s Blood Battle Champions
Sgt. Jeffrey King, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers and family members from the 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, showed up in force, once again, and organized another blood drive, which provided the Tripler Army Medical Center’s Armed Services Blood Program with 160 pints of blood, Nov 15-16.
This collection brings the battalion’s yearly donation to 380 pints, making the “Never Daunted” battalion, the Blood Battle Champions.
The engineers were able to donate more blood in 2010 than any other battalion stationed on Schofield Barracks. This feat was accomplished even while a majority of the unit was deferred from donating, due to a deployment to Iraq.
Every week, the Tripler ASBP runs drives to meet the demand of 150 pints of blood. Each drive provides necessary blood that is shipped to areas of U.S. military necessity, such as Afghanistan and Iraq.
In the event that Tripler can’t get 150 pints, the military is forced to purchase blood from outside agencies.
1st Lt. Mark Preston, officer in charge for the Tripler ASBP, noted that the holidays are a rough time of the year to meet the demand from overseas.
“With so many units on leave during the holiday, and the already short workweeks, it makes it difficult to hit the numbers we need to support the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Preston said.
Last week’s drive marked the battalion’s one-year anniversary back from Iraq while providing much of the blood needed during the holidays.
“This is a great opportunity for Soldiers and their spouses to support friends and family members currently deployed,” said Nicole Paradiso, wife of Spc. Michael Paradiso, carpentry and masonry specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th Eng. Bn., 130 Eng. Bde.
Nicole said the occasion was her second time donating, and she felt privileged to support her husband and the Army.