ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Team APG joined 10 other military installations last month to participate in an Army-Navy blood drive challenge, which coincided with the renowned annual Army Navy game.

During the Nov. 29 blood drive at the APG North recreation center, 79 useable units were collected and will go toward saving lives and supporting troops during war and peace time, according to Victoria Fernette of the National Naval Medical Center, Armed Services Blood Bank Center.

To put things in perspective, Fernette explained that 20 military bases in the United States, Japan, Germany and the National Capitol Area "are responsible for contributing blood products on a weekly bases to the needs of our wounded down range."

Fernette said blood is needed for wounded warriors who are transported to the nearby Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for recovery, follow up surgeries, and ongoing care. But it's not limited to troop care.

"Blood supplied by donors such as those from APG, can be used for dependant care, retirees and veterans," she explained. "Veteran, retiree and dependent care include surgeries, cancer patients, mothers giving birth and accident victims.

The Armed Services Blood Program is the official blood program for the United States Military Forces. On a local level, the program is the sole supplier for blood used at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Malcolm Grove Hospital,
Andrews Air Force Base and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.

Garrison HHC Commander Capt. Martizabel Mustafaa helped coordinate the APG blood drive and called it a huge success.

"APG had the most participants for Army installations," she said. "Our thanks go out to all the organizations that allowed their employees to participate. The APG community as a whole stands ready to help our troops in theater and we look forward to more successful drives next year." said Mustafaa.

"No matter how active or quiet things may be on the battlefield, the need for blood does not stop," said Fernette. "Please share your good health and one hour of your time in support of those who sacrifice so much for you."

To learn more about the Armed Services Blood Program or to schedule an appointment, visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil. Interaction with staff members and ASBP updates are also available at www.facebook.com/militaryblood. Questions about donating, including eligibility, e-mail Fernette at Victoria.L.Fernette.civ@health.mil.

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