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The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) at National Naval Medical Center has selected Naval Support Facility Dahlgren to participate in the 2nd annual Army vs. Navy Blood Challenge. A blood donation event will be held Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at J.D.'s Conference Center for local donors to participate in the challenge.

The challenge will culminate with the presentation of a trophy to the service that collected the most units of blood during the Army/Navy football game on Dec. 8 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The annual football game between the services has created a stunning rivalry, but the challenge became greater last year when the Armed Services Blood Program added some flavor to the mix and issued a Blood Donor Challenge just in time for the game.

From Nov. 28 to Dec. 9, six blood donor centers in the Washington metro area competed against each other to see which service would take home bragging rights and a trophy for most units of blood collected. By the end of last year's challenge, nearly 500 units of blood were collected with the Navy coming out on top. The real winners, however, were ill or injured service members, veterans and their families that the blood will support.

The blood drive at Dahlgren will include NSWC Federal Credit Union's prize wheel and the USO with lots of giveaways, and snacks will be available for all donors. Those who have donated three or more times through ASBP drives will be eligible to receive a green or navy hoodie with the Army vs. Navy Blood Donor Challenge logo. Those who have donated less than three times will receive a gray long sleeved t-shirt with the same logo.

While walk-ins are welcome, donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment for this particular drive. Visit http://www.militaryblood.dod.mil/ to set up an account and schedule your appointment. For more information, call (540) 284-0129.