205th MI Bn. recognized as top blood donor unit

| March 10, 2011 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from the 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde., donate blood during their quarterly blood drive. The unit was honored by the Armed Services Blood Program as one of the top blood donor units for Tripler Army Medical Center, Feb. 17th. (Courtesy of 205th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade)

Soldiers from the 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde., donate blood during their quarterly blood drive. The unit was honored by the Armed Services Blood Program as one of the top blood donor units for Tripler Army Medical Center, Feb. 17th. (Courtesy of 205th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade)

HHD holds streamer for highest percentage of blood donations

2nd Lt. William Crowe
205th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade

 

FORT SHAFTER — One of the Armed Services Blood Program’s top blood units is stationed here.

The 205th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, was honored by the Armed Services Blood Program as one of the top blood donor units for Tripler Army Medical Center.

The unit was presented a plaque during the Armed Services Blood Program’s Donor Recognition Luncheon held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Feb. 17.

“The 205th MI Bn. has had more than 50 Soldiers deployed in combat zones this past year so this is personal for us,” said Lt. Col. Timothy Parker, commander, 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde. “Some of the blood we give goes directly to Soldiers on the frontlines — maybe even a 205th Soldier.”

“We will continue the quarterly blood drives with the hope of beating last year’s count for units of blood (donated),” said Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Mathis, 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde. “I hate needles, but this is a good cause. It is for Soldiers and Soldiers’ families, so I will be there … every time.”

Jessica Bode, family readiness assistant, 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde., coordinated the unit’s blood drive events. Bode initiated the unit’s first blood drive almost two years ago. Since then, the battalion has held a blood drive every quarter and donated more than 187 units of blood.

“This is a remarkable amount for a battalion of a little over 300 Soldiers (with) a high number of personnel unable to give blood, due to foreign travel for deployments and exercises,” Parker said. “Soldiers never fail to make me proud to serve alongside them. This is another, in a long line of events, where Soldiers have raised the bar and made me feel honored to put this uniform on.”

“Blood is life,” Bode said, who was recognized as the top blood donor coordinator for her dedication to help keep the TAMC blood bank stocked. “With these blood drives, we each have a chance to save the lives of service members stationed across the world.

“I’ve always loved the work service members do and (loved) working with them,” she said. “I’m glad that the coordination between myself and the blood program is so successful.”

The battalion awards an internal “Blood Donor” streamer each quarter to the company with the highest percentage of Soldiers and Army civilians who donate blood; Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment currently holds the streamer.

“We’re honored to have won the streamer this quarter and would love to win it again next quarter,” said Capt. Mike John, commander, HHD. “Soldiers know it’s for a good cause, and they have no problems in donating blood for their fellow Soldiers.

“You get free snacks and a memorable gift for donating blood; you can’t beat that,” he said, adding that the incentives for giving blood were also a perk.

Blood Drives
The Tripler Army Medical Center’s Blood Donor Center will conduct blood drives for the Armed Services Blood Program at the following dates and locations:

•March 21-22, 6:30-11:30 a.m.; 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command (classroom), Schofield Barracks;

•March 29, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Schofield Exchange, Schofield Barracks;

•April 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tropics Recreation Center, Schofield Barracks; and

•April 7, 8 a.m.-noon; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District, Building 230, Fort Shafter (first right turn after guard shack).

The Blood Donor Center welcomes all blood types but has a special need for O-negative donors. Call 433-6148 or stop by to donate at Room 2A207, 2nd Floor, Oceanside, TAMC.

 

 

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