Sgt. Michael Skeens, supply sergeant, 94th AAMDC Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, donates blood to the Armed Services Blood Program during the 94th AAMDC blood drive on Nov.13 at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Thirty units of 94th Soldier blood was donated before lunch.

FORT SHAFTER, HAWAII- The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command hosted a unit blood drive on Nov. 13 in the command's battery conference area.

The 30 units drawn from 94th Soldiers will help to replenish the DoD's blood supply through the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) and get the blood to where it's needed, especially to deployed service members.

The ASBP provides quality blood products for service members, veterans and their families in both peace- and war-time. As a joint operation among the military services, the ASBP has many components working together to collect, process, store, distribute, and transfuse blood worldwide.

"Soldiers should donate because a person has to think, 'that could be me deployed, wounded and in need of blood' or a family member or close friend might need the blood," said Spc. Lisa Novak, paralegal specialist, 94th AAMDC. "If you think about it like that, it hits home, and you realize that you are making a bigger impact than you think when you donate."

"I think that a blood donation truly is a gift of life that a healthy individual can give. My brothers and sisters in arms overseas may not know who I am personally, but the fact that I made a positive and helpful donation that could save a life is all that matters to me," said Pfc. Chastoni Jones, supply specialist, 94th AAMDC.

Novak said she donated because, "my buddies are deployed right now, and I have the rarest blood type that the Army is always in need of."

Novak added, "I felt pretty good after donating. I usually always do. When they figure out that I have a rare blood type they always get excited, so when I see them get excited, it makes me think that me donating blood actually makes a difference."

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