8th TSC, ASBP team up to host blood drives

| March 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Soldiers stationed at Schofield Barracks give blood during a drive sponsored by the 8th Theater Sustainment Command and Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) March 9 at the 130th Engineer Brigade’s headquarters. With the blood drive, the 8th TSC and ASBP sought to provide quality blood products for service members, veterans and their families in both peace and war. In particular, the blood drive supported the U.S. Army’s top priority of readiness by ensuring Soldiers have the tools they need to deploy, fight, and win across the entire spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Lindsey Elder)

Sgt. 1st Class
Michael Behlin
8th Theater Sustainment Command

FORT SHAFTER — The 8th Theater Sustainment Command joined the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) to host several blood drives on Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks, March 8-9.

The 8th TSC and ASBP sought to provide quality blood products for service members, veterans and their families. In particular, the blood drive supported the Army’s top priority of readiness by ensuring Soldiers have the tools they need to deploy, fight and win.
Those who donated were eager to support a good cause by helping the ASBP get a much-needed asset to the military community.

“There are a lot of sick people in the world and I did not choose a medical profession,” said Spc. Latirius Jones, a signal support systems specialist with the 8th TSC. “That being said, I know that with my blood type, O positive, it’s a very rare blood type and it could save a lot of people. Donating blood … means being able to save people without being a doctor.”

He said that despite misconceptions, donating doesn’t hurt.

The ASBP was started by President Harry Truman in 1952 and has been a fully operational since 1962. As a joint-service organization, the ASBP represents all of the military services and has many components working together to collect, process, store, transport and transfuse blood worldwide.

Throughout the drive, Soldiers from various units on Fort Shafter and Schofield Barracks trickled in to donate during their free time.

“I feel that by giving blood, you’re doing your duty,” said Staff Sgt. Christopher Nunley, a military policeman with the 39th Military Police Detachment, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade. “It’s free. All donating costs is time. Go ahead, help somebody, you might save a life.”

Throughout the blood drive, the ASBP stressed that while all blood types are needed, types B (positive or negative), O Negative and AB (positive and negative) are most in demand.

For more information on the ASBP, visit http://www.militaryblood.dod.mil/default.aspx. For more information on the local ASBP, contact the Tripler Army Medical Center Blood Donor Center at 433-6148.

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