Annual donor recognition ceremony highlights contributions
February 3, 2011
- January is National Blood Donor Month
- Many Soldiers at Fort Hood are deferred from donating blood but everyone can support the program
FORT HOOD, Texas (ASBP, January 26, 2011) - The Robertson Blood Center held its annual Donor Recognition Ceremony at the military blood donor center at Fort Hood on Jan. 26, 2011, recognizing individuals and units that contributed to the program's success in 2010.
Blood donors and supporting organizations alike were honored for their efforts to support deployed troops with blood donations and by arranging blood drives. Awards and plaques of appreciation were presented to multi-gallon donors and units that provided the largest amounts of volunteer donors for their sizes.
Ret. Col. Noel Webster, former director of the blood center at Fort Hood and leader for much of the planning for the current center, was the guest speaker. He spoke about the Civil War Battle of Antietam and described how it inspired the namesake of the Robertson Blood Center, Dr. Oswald Hope Robertson, to create better ways of getting blood supplies to troops on the battlefield. Webster contrasted that with his experience in the Battle of Fallujah and the ability of the military today to treat troops near the front lines, especially due to having blood supplies available.
As part of National Blood Donor Month, Armed Services Blood Program blood donor centers worldwide host recognition ceremonies to highlight the dedicated donors, volunteers and organizations who have contributed to saving the lives of service members, veterans and their families around the globe.
"We try to say thank you to all the people that help us accomplish our mission," said Fort Hood blood donor recruiter Perry Jefferies. "Even though the Army suggests that units reward soldiers for donating blood, we want to tell all of our different donors and groups that YOU ROCK!"
In 2010, the Robertson Blood Center underwent some significant changes including new construction, a revamped blood processing and testing procedure and the debut of the Army's Center of Excellence for Apheresis Training. And even more changes are going to occur; preparations are currently underway for the center to become a hub for the frozen blood program.
Top donors from last year, Ret. Col. Joan Vanderlaan, Ret. Maj. Prosper Walker, Robert Boswell and Ronald Decker were joined this year by two new loyal donors-Former Staff Sgt. Timothy Stroud, manager of the Texas Health Science Initiative and medical sergeant with the 3-8 Infantry in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Sgt. David Leach.
Top units include the 36th Engineer Brigade and Phantom Command. Due to its frequent blood drives, the 1st Cavalry Horse Detachment was once again highlighted for being the only unit on post to offer more blood donations in one year than it had soldiers assigned.
For a complete list of awardees can be found below.
The Robertson Blood Center thanks each and every donor that supported the Armed Services Blood Program last year. Thanks donors, YOU ROCK!
To find out more about the Armed Services Blood Program or to make an appointment, please visit us online: www.militaryblood.dod.mil. To interact directly with some of our staff or to get the latest news, visit us here: www.facebook.com/militaryblood.
Mr. Timothy Stroud (also 3 gallon certificate)
Mr. Ronald Decker
Mr. Robert Boswell (also 3 gallon certificate)
Mr. William Harper
Mr. David Leach
Retired Maj. Prosper Walker (also 4 gallon certificate)
Retired Col. Joan Vanderlaan (also 4-gallon certificate)
Lt. Col. Dennis Dombrowski (also 2-gallon certificate)
Top Large Unit: 36th Engineer Brigade
Top Medium Unit: Phantom Command
Top Small Unit: 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment
Top Brigade in 1st Cavalry Division: 1st Cavalry Division Headquarters Battalion
Top Squadron in 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment: 2d Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment
Others Unit Awardees:
American Federation of Government Employees for the Austin and Temple Veterans Affairs hospital and clinic
McGregor High School ROTC Program
Sam Houston State University Reserve Officer's Training Corps
1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment
VA Hospital - Temple Texas
VA Clinic - Austin Texas
Sgt. First Class Eric Albers
Lt. Elizabeth Lee
31st Chemical Company
Capt. Anthony Thomas
4-5 Air Defense Artillery
Spc. Jacobus Adams
Staff Sgt. William Thompson
44th Chemical Company
1st Sgt. Jonathan Conrad
McNair & Chaffee Villages
Warrior Transition Unit
Staff Sgt. April Martinez
Department of Public Works
Spc. Marie Sanon
1st Sgt. Van Woodley
The Nationwide Birthday Blood Drive!
Mrs. Kristina Hunter
PASSING THE GALLON MARK IN 2010
4 Gallon Donors:
3 Gallon Donors:
John Lauck Jr
Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 (ret) Roy Stout
Sgt. James Vineyard
2 Gallon Donors:
1 Gallon Donors:
Sgt. Curtis Hunter
Staff Sgt. Carey Killea
Sgt. Elvis Pena
"Friends of the Blood Bank" Awardees:
Fort Hood Herald
Fort Hood Radio
Retired Col. William Shelnutt
McGregor High School ROTC Program
Capt. Erin Thomas
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Rodney Key
Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham
Mr. Roderick Marshall