• Spc. Micah Posey donates a pint of blood at the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach blood drive at Bismarck Kaserne Oct. 8 as Spc. Kacie Watson, who works with the Armed Services Blood Program, attends to the donor. During the event, 131 donors turned out to give a pint of blood.

    Pint-sized heroes

    Spc. Micah Posey donates a pint of blood at the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach blood drive at Bismarck Kaserne Oct. 8 as Spc. Kacie Watson, who works with the Armed Services Blood Program, attends to the donor. During the event, 131 donors turned out to...

  • Spc. Zachary Smith, right, of U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, volunteers to sign up donors at a USAG Ansbach blood drive for the Armed Services Blood Program Oct. 8. BOSS members were among the volunteers during the donation drive to help facilitate the administration of 131 donors.

    Help from BOSS

    Spc. Zachary Smith, right, of U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, volunteers to sign up donors at a USAG Ansbach blood drive for the Armed Services Blood Program Oct. 8. BOSS members were among the volunteers...

  • Sgt. Haley Hilderbrand, a medical technician with the Armed Services Blood Program, prepares Spc. Max Kafka, a Soldier stationed at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, for blood donation at the USAG Ansbach blood drive Oct. 8.

    Finding a vein

    Sgt. Haley Hilderbrand, a medical technician with the Armed Services Blood Program, prepares Spc. Max Kafka, a Soldier stationed at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, for blood donation at the USAG Ansbach blood drive Oct. 8.

  • Soldiers wait at one of the stations in preparation of donating blood during the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach blood drive Oct. 8. The blood drive drew more than 131 donors to the Armed Services Blood Program.

    Queuing to give

    Soldiers wait at one of the stations in preparation of donating blood during the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach blood drive Oct. 8. The blood drive drew more than 131 donors to the Armed Services Blood Program.

ANSBACH, Germany (Oct. 10, 2013) -- During a blood drive at Bismarck Kaserne at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Oct. 8, 131 donors turned out to give blood to the Armed Services Blood Program.

The ASBP provides blood and blood products to not only service members with battlefield injuries but also to service members and their families who undergo hospitalization.

First Lt. Chelsea Spiehs, the 412th Aviation Support Battalion medical officer who coordinated the drive, had hoped the turnout of donors would match or exceed 70. At 131, the blood drive nearly doubled that expectation. Spiehs attributed the large turnout of the drive to support from leadership.

"I know my battalion commander was very supportive, and we had a lot of people come out from my battalion," she said.

Donors were not the only ones to give to the effort. Soldiers with Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers volunteered their time to register donors at the front door, and community members contributed baked goods as post-donation recovery food.

To learn more about the ASBP, visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil. To learn more about donating blood in Europe, visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil/europe.

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