Make a life-saving contribution at the Armed Services Blood Drive

A donor prepares to do his part during a previous Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) blood drive at NAS Patuxent River. ASBP is the official blood collection, manufacturing, transport and transfusion program for the U.S. military.

11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 3

Moffett Building atrium

Military service members and civilians at NAS Patuxent River can help save a life by donating blood during an Armed Services Blood Drive in the atrium of the Rear Adm. William A. Moffett Building, #2272, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 3.

Conducting the drive will be the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP), the official military provider of blood products to the U.S. armed forces.

ASBP’s mission is to provide quality blood products and services for all customers in both peace and war and is tasked with the collection, processing, storage and transportation of blood products to ill or injured service members, veterans, and their families worldwide.

Any Sailor, Marine, Soldier or Airmen receiving blood or blood products in a combat area will receive blood through ASBP.

“In the past 10 years, we’ve collected more than 4,000 units of blood at Patuxent River, which has the potential to reach approximately 12,000 service members, veterans, or dependents in need of blood transfusions,” said Donna Onwona, ASBP public affairs specialist/donor recruiter. “The blood we collect supports our weekly quota for theater of operations and military treatment facilities in the National Capital Region. This is our third blood drive at Pax River this year and we have two more scheduled. We expect to see as many as 400 Pax donors this year.”

According to information provided by the organization, since its inception in 1952, more than 1.5 million units of blood have been transfused for battlefield illness or injury.

“Each unit is critical when you consider 40 or more units of blood may be needed for a single trauma victim,” Onwona said. “Donating blood helps save countless lives.”

ASBP is fortunate to have a number of faithful donors they can count on at Pax River, but they’re always in need of more, especially those with type O blood.

“Our need has increased and we are now testing O positive donations for ‘low titer’ which means that unit of blood can be transfused to anyone, making it very valuable on the battlefield,” Onwona explained. “Low titer refers to low levels of antibodies that could cause a reaction in a patient of a different blood type when transfused – so it can be transfused to any patient. It’s transfused in theater and forward locations when a warfighter has lost a considerable amount of blood because it contains all the clotting factors, red blood cells and platelets needed for immediate resuscitation.”

To keep up with demand, ASBP is always looking for new donors

“Both active duty and civilians are welcome and encouraged to donate,” Onwona added. “Our team of well-trained professionals will take good care of you and you’ll be treated to an assortment of yummy snacks and a t-shirt.”

If you have questions about your eligibility to donate, check out the FAQs at ASBP’s website www.militaryblood.dod.mil, or email Onwona at donna-lee.onwona.civ@mail.mil.

Make an appointment online at www.militarydonor.com, using sponsor code NSPR.