84th Eng. Bn. is ‘Never Daunted’ when it comes to giving blood

| March 31, 2011 | 0 Comments
The 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, held a blood drive, March 21-22, for TAMC’s ASBP. Among all military services in Hawaii, the battalion was the second overall unit donor for 2010.

The 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, held a blood drive, March 21-22, for TAMC’s ASBP. Among all military services in Hawaii, the battalion was the second overall unit donor for 2010.

Story and Photo by
2nd Lt. Laura Beth Beebe
84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers and family members from the 84th Engineer Battalion, “Never Daunted,” 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, lived up to the name when it came to supporting Tripler Army Medical Center’s Armed Services Blood Program.

The Never Daunted Bn. donated 160 pints of blood during a blood drive, here, March 21-22.

Every week, TAMC ASBP holds drives to meet the ongoing demand of 150 pints of blood. Each drive provides necessary blood that is sometimes shipped to areas such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Never Daunted Bn. showed its support and donated almost 34 gallons of blood during the two-day drive.

In the event that TAMC can’t reach the demand of 150 pints, the military is forced to purchase blood from outside agencies. The battalion’s drive allowed ASBP to reach its capacity for the week.

Spc. Elisa Scotton, water treatment specialist, Forward Support Company, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., said the battalion has consistently provided blood donations to ASBP.

“I like that we have (a blood drive) every few months,” she said. “It allows us to build up supply, and (it) makes giving easier when they can come to where we work.”

Individuals can give up to approximately 1.5 pints of blood every eight weeks. Blood can only be stored for 30 days, so it is necessary to get large amounts of blood continuously to keep the supply fresh.

“The 84th Eng. Bn. is a huge donator,” said 1st Lt. Mark Preston, officer in charge, TAMC ASBP. “(The battalion) was the second (place) top unit donator on the island, last year.”

Preston said the 3rd Marine Regiment, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, led the list of all Hawaii-based military donators, last year.

Contributing to the blood donation program is an individual choice that supports unit pride. For Pvt. David Delapaz, petroleum laboratory specialist, FSC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., this blood drive was his first with the 84th Eng. Bn., but not his first time donating.

“Giving blood is just a way to help out my fellow man,” Delapaz said. “Anything I can do to help out, I am there.”

Blood Drives 

While the Blood Donor Center welcomes all blood types, there is a special need for O-negative donors. For more information, call 433-6148. To donate, visit Room 2A207, 2nd Floor, Oceanside, TAMC, or drop by an upcoming blood drive:

  • April 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tropics, Schofield Barracks.
  • April 7, 8 a.m.–noon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters, Building 230, Fort Shafter.

 

 

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