Tri-border blood donors save lives
1 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Dozens of blood collection tubes are gathered at The Hub in Brunssum, the Netherlands, March 7, 2022. All the blood donated to the Armed Services Blood Program stays within the military community and helps patients who are fighting cancer, undergoing surgeries and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kendall Stuckman) (Photo Credit: Airman 1st Class Kendall Stuckman) VIEW ORIGINAL
Tri-border blood donors save lives
2 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Edward Wilhite, a Family Advocacy Program victim advocate, donates blood at the 2nd Annual Tri-Borders Blood Drive at The Hub in Brunssum, the Netherlands, March 7, 2022. The Armed Services Blood Program had a goal of 80 blood donations for the event, which was surpassed as 108 individuals came and gave enough blood to save or improve up to 324 lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kendall Stuckman) (Photo Credit: Airman 1st Class Kendall Stuckman) VIEW ORIGINAL
Tri-border blood donors save lives
3 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A U.S. service member clenches his fist while donating blood at The Hub in Brunssum, the Netherlands, March 7, 2022. Squeezing an object is encouraged and increases a donor’s blood flow. Just one blood donation can save up to three lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kendall Stuckman) (Photo Credit: Airman 1st Class Kendall Stuckman) VIEW ORIGINAL
Tri-border blood donors save lives
4 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. service members interact during the second annual Tri-Borders Blood Drive at The Hub in Brunssum, the Netherlands, March 7, 2022. Thanks to the FDA relaxing some donor eligibility rules in and regional restrictions in the summer of 2020, the event was open to a wider group of donors in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kendall Stuckman) (Photo Credit: Airman 1st Class Kendall Stuckman) VIEW ORIGINAL
Tri-border blood donors save lives
5 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The Armed Services Blood Program-Europe hosts a blood drive at The Hub in Brunssum, the Netherlands, March 7, 2022. The ASBP is the official Department of Defense blood program, and for the European region, the program is based in Landstuhl, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kendall Stuckman) (Photo Credit: Airman 1st Class Kendall Stuckman) VIEW ORIGINAL
Tri-border blood donors save lives
6 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A phlebotomist holds blood collection tubes during the 2nd Annual Tri-Borders Blood Drive at The Hub in Brunssum, the Netherlands, March 7, 2022. All blood drives on military bases overseas are Armed Services Blood Program blood drives and receive support from the Red Cross and sponsoring units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kendall Stuckman) (Photo Credit: Airman 1st Class Kendall Stuckman) VIEW ORIGINAL
Tri-border blood donors save lives
7 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The Armed Services Blood Program-Europe hosts a blood drive at The Hub in Brunssum, the Netherlands, March 7, 2022. The ASBP is the official Department of Defense blood program, and for the European region, the program is based in Landstuhl, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kendall Stuckman) (Photo Credit: Airman 1st Class Kendall Stuckman) VIEW ORIGINAL

Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) personnel conducted their 2nd Annual Tri-Borders Blood Drive March 7-8 at The Hub on U.S. Army Garrison Benelux-Brunssum.

All the blood donated to the ASBP stays within the military community to support U.S. and NATO military and help patients in military medical facilities who are giving birth, fighting cancer, undergoing surgeries, and more.

“A large majority of the blood that we’re collecting today and tomorrow is going directly to help those stationed throughout U.S. Africa Command,” Stacy Sanning, ASBP-Europe blood donor recruiter, explained shortly after the blood drive began.

She added that the blood would be sent to various locations around the world, such as Rota, Spain, or Naples, Italy, to go out on naval ships; to Landstuhl, Germany, for the Army medical center there; and to special operations units to take on missions.

First-time donor and post Commissary employee Antonio Padron understood the importance of the event and the difference he could make.

“I had a colleague of mine who was in a car accident, and she had a blood transfusion that saved her life, so that inspired me to donate,” said Padron.

The ASBP had a goal of 80 blood donations for the event – this was surpassed as 108 donors gave blood, which can help up to 324 people. This success paves the way for the ASBP to return next year for the 3rd Annual Tri-Borders Blood Drive.

“Although they may not realize it, every single blood donor who walks through this door is helping save lives and we appreciate them supporting this mission essential blood drive out in such a big way,” said Sanning.

She added that ASBP couldn’t have made such an impact on the military’s blood supply without help from all those who spread the word, especially the blood drive sponsors: Tech. Sgt. Andres Carranza, 852d Medical Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of laboratory services; Senior Airman Shawn Anderson, 852d MDS lab tech; and Sgt. Jonathan Vallejo, U.S. Army Garrison Benelux-Brunssum Directorate of Emergency Services operations sergeant.

“These blood drive leads and their volunteers helped spread the word to the community, helped keep blood donors safe, and saved donors’ time,” said Sanning.

For more information on the ASBP and their mission essential blood drives in Europe, visit https://landstuhl.tricare.mil/Health-Services/Other/Armed-Services-Blood-Program.