Fort Bliss ASBP hosts blood drive at USASMA

The Fort Bliss Armed Services Blood Program advertises its first blood drive at the academy here Friday. Photos by Jonathan LeBlanc, Fort Bliss Bugle Staff.

The Fort Bliss Armed Services Blood Program advertises its first blood drive at the academy here Friday. Photos by Jonathan LeBlanc, Fort Bliss Bugle Staff.

By Jonathan LeBlanc, Fort Bliss Bugle Staff:

(El Paso, Texas, Oct. 26, 2017)

Master Sgt. James Card, a member of Class 68 at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy here, is an avid blood donor, and he found a perfect opportunity to donate when the Fort Bliss Armed Services Blood Program hosted a blood drive at the academy Friday.

“I feel that as a senior (noncommissioned officer) and future sergeant major, we set the example for our Soldiers, so with all of us here donating blood, hopefully it will have a positive effect on formations and they will give blood also,” Card said.

Deylon Douglass, blood donor recruiter, ASBP, said this was the first time the program had hosted a blood drive at the academy, but it was worth the months of correspondence between the two organizations to get it up and running.

Getting the academy’s students to donate blood helps to inform them on the mission of the program, Douglass said.

Spc. Laurencio Baker, left, assigned to Company B, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, prepares Master Sgt. Brett Scarcelli, a member of Class 68 at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, for his blood donation during the Fort Bliss Armed Services Blood Program’s first blood drive at the academy here Friday.

“This is vital because once they get out to their units, they already know what it is and how important it is,” Douglass said.

Donating blood is an important aspect of being in the armed services because blood is essential to the men and women deployed in hostile environments. Lives depend on the blood supply. The ASBP is the main military blood supply for all contingency operations overseas.

Card said this is one of the reasons he donates.

“I feel it is something that is always necessary, because it is used for the right purposes. Somewhere in the world somebody needs it,” Card said.

Sgt. Jacquelyn Vogelsong, right, attached to the Armed Services Blood Program from William Beaumont Army Medical Center, receives information from potential blood donor Master Sgt. Tiniki Bussey, during the Fort Bliss Armed Services Blood Program’s first blood drive at the academy here Friday.

Douglass said he had two goals for the blood drive: disseminating information and collecting blood.

“Information is knowledge – getting these men and women to know about our program and our priorities,” Douglass said. “… and (for) the collections, we hope to get at least 50 to 60 units of blood today.”

To learn more about donating blood, contact the ASBP at 742-6365.