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Kentucky Wing Supports Armed Services Blood Program Drives

Giving her share

KYwingMembers from nine Kentucky Wing squadrons stepped up this summer to support the Armed Services Blood Program’s blood drives during U.S. Army ROTC cadet summer training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

In all, 85 members supported 12 blood drives conducted during the training program.

“It has been humbling and inspiring to support the ASBP team in this way,” said Capt. Tiffany Boren, the Kentucky Wing’s public affairs officer. “To know we played a part in potential lifesaving missions is the big reason why our members serve through CAP. Our cadets and [senior staff] are deeply impacted by selflessly serving alongside like-minded people. It’s been a great summer supporting [them].”

ASBP“Having support from CAP at the blood drives this summer at Fort Knox was fantastic,” said U.S. Navy Capt. Leslie Riggs, blood program division chief. “Not only did they step in to fill a needed role, but in that role, they went above and beyond by creating a memorable experience for everyone involved.

“We continue to be grateful for programs that support our lifesaving efforts and look forward to having the CAP at our drives in the future,” Riggs said.

Civil Air Patrol also supports the blood program through Operation Pulse Lift, the CAP blood donation campaign launched in 2017. In addition, member regularly work alongside other drives ASBP holds throughout the year at specific locations and areas, such as the Armed Services Blood Bank Center – San Antonio at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

The  Armed Services Blood Program has been the official blood program of the U.S. military since 1962. Its mission is to provide quality blood products and support to military health care operations worldwide, from the battlefield to the local hospital, whenever and wherever needed. The ASBP collects, processes, stores, transports, and distributes blood products to service members, their families, retirees, and veterans.
Jonathan Davis
Defense Health Agency