Marines top list of blood donating units for 2017
Thursday, 09 November 2017

By Carl Norman

Special to GUIDON

When it comes to donating blood, several organizations are leading the pack here on the installation and have earned a spot on the Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center’s 2017 Top 10 List of Donating Units.

 

In the first nine months of 2017, these 10 units are responsible for nearly 40 percent of the donor center’s total collections. In all, they’ve donated 1,493 units of blood to the Armed Services Blood Program which have gone to help ill and injured service members and their families around the world.

 

The Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center collects blood for the ASBP, the official blood collection and distribution agency for the Department of Defense.

 

Each month, the donor center staff compiles a cumulative Top 10 list to salute the units who donate at the Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center. Here are the organizations on the list for January through September:

 

— No. 1: U.S. Marine Corps Detachment, Fort Leonard Wood, with 320 units donated in 17 drives.

 

— No. 2: Company B, 554th Engineer Battalion, with 225 units donated in eight drives.

 

— No. 3: Company B, 58th Transportation Battalion, with 154 units donated in eight drives.

 

— No. 4: Company A, 3rd Brigade, 10th Infantry Regiment, with 130 units donated in four drives.

 

— No. 5: General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital with, 128 units donated in four drives.

 

— No. 6: Company A, 35th Engineer Battalion with, 111 units donated in three drives.

 

— No. 7: Company C, 35th Engineer Battalion with, 110 units donated in four drives.

 

— No. 8: Company C, 58th Transportation Battalion with, 106 units donated in nine drives.

 

— No. 9: Company D, 31st Engineer Battalion with, 105 units donated in three drives.

 

— No. 10: Company A, 58th Transportation Battalion with, 104 units donated in 10 drives.

 

 To date, 46 units regularly donate at the center and have given 3,766 units of blood so far in 2017. Because a single unit of blood has the potential to save two lives, that translates into approximately 7,532 lifesaving blood products. To put this into perspective, this could make one blood product available to every man and woman serving in two average sized Army brigades.

 

“We’re thankful for all donors who support the Armed Services Blood Program,” said Capt. Patrick Kaer, Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center, officer in charge. “Thanks to them, many people will get the lifesaving blood products they need. It’s our hope that other units on post will follow their lead and everyone will come out winners in the end.

 

“Donating blood is something most people don’t think about until some sort of illness or injury strikes them. We’re asking everyone to think about the people who are already there and need blood to recover. Donating is a simple act that doesn’t take much time but can have life-changing impacts. Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has donated with us so far in 2017, and we look forward to seeing them, along with a large group of new donors, real soon.”

 

For more information about the Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center, call 573.596.5385 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

 

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, visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil. To interact directly with ASBP staff members, see more photos or get the latest news, follow @militaryblood on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Pinterest.

 

(Editor’s note: Norman is the Fort Leonard Wood Armed Services Blood Program blood donor recruiter.)