HONOLULU -- Capt. Jeffrey W. Timby, deputy commander of Tripler Army Medical Center, hosted the 14th Annual Donor Appreciation Ceremony for the Tripler Blood Donor Center, Armed Services Blood Program, Apr. 12, 2018, at Hale Ikena Banquet & Conference Center, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program has served as the sole provider of blood for the United States military. As a tri-service organization, the Armed Services Blood Program collects, processes, stores and distributes blood and blood products to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families worldwide. The Tripler Blood Donor Center is one of 20 military blood donor centers around the world and impacts the military community in a significant way since blood is needed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. During the ceremony the Tripler Blood Donor Center, also known as Hawaii's Military Blood Program, personally thanked and recognized the blood donors of 2017 who took the time to roll up their sleeves and donate lifesaving blood; helping to save the lives of service members and their families around the world.