by Senior Airman Jonathan Bass
20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
11/20/2015 - SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- A
crimson streak leaves an Airman's arm and is collected in a bag. The
gift is stored away safely, to save a life sometime in the future.
The Armed Services Blood Program operated a blood drive here, Nov. 18,
at the Fitness Center, collecting blood donations from Team Shaw
members. This was the ASBP's first drive at Shaw Air Force Base, South
Being stationed near Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, Master
Sgt. Stephanie Field, 51st Intelligence Squadron first sergeant, saw
first-hand how much of a need there was for blood.
"I was able to support the transition of injured members landing at
Ramstein (Air Base, Germany) and being transported to the LRMC, many of
them coming in as critical, and all of them needing blood," said Field.
The ASBP is the official blood collection, manufacturing, transport, and
transfusion program for the Department of Defense, according to the
They provide quality blood products and services for all customers in
both peacetime and war. Tasked with collecting, processing, storing, and
transporting blood to ill or injured veterans and their families,
worldwide, for all the branches of the military, the ASBP has been
collecting blood for the military since 1962.
Donating blood can be a perfect real-world example of exemplifying Air Force values.
"In less than an hour you can put someone else's needs before your own,"
said Field. "What better way to emulate Service Before Self, donating
blood so that others may live."
Since its inception, the ASBP has provided more than 1.5 million units
of blood to treat battlefield illnesses and injuries. Blood is also
collected and distributed to family members of service members,
extending their reach to the community. Beyond the military community,
the ASBP donates blood during natural disasters and is called upon
during times of crisis or humanitarian missions.
"The blood collected here at Shaw will be packaged, processed, and
ultimately sent to support those injured in theater," said Field. "It
makes me smile to think that the blood collected here will end up at the
LRMC; the place where I first learned about the ASBP and how impactful
blood is on our brothers and sisters in arms."
For more information about the ASBP, visit: www.militaryblood.dod.mil.
The donation only takes a few minutes, one prick of a needle, and a moment of temporary pain to save a life.