Air commandos donate blood, save lives

A sign promoting an Armed Services Blood Program blood drive sits outside of bldg. 54 on Nov. 16, 2016, Cannon AFB, N.M. The ASBP hosts a blood drive at Cannon approximately once every two months and facilitates more than 50 donors each visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

A sign promoting an Armed Services Blood Program blood drive sits outside of bldg. 54 on Nov. 16, 2016, Cannon AFB, N.M. The ASBP hosts a blood drive at Cannon approximately once every two months and facilitates more than 50 donors each visit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

Airman 1st Class Shawn Green, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron power production technician, fills out paperwork before donating blood at an Armed Forces Blood Program blood drive in bldg. 54’s gym on Nov. 16, 2016, Cannon AFB, N.M. The ASBP was established more than 60 years ago as a joint field operating agency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

Airman 1st Class Shawn Green, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron power production technician, fills out paperwork before donating blood at an Armed Forces Blood Program blood drive in bldg. 54’s gym on Nov. 16, 2016, Cannon AFB, N.M. The ASBP was established more than 60 years ago as a joint field operating agency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

A laboratory technician organizes vials of blood in a centrifuge during an Armed Forces Blood Program blood drive in bldg. 54’s gym on Nov. 16, 2016, Cannon AFB, N.M. The donated blood is sent to forward operating bases and military medical agencies around the world to continually support military blood transfusions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

A laboratory technician organizes vials of blood in a centrifuge during an Armed Forces Blood Program blood drive in bldg. 54’s gym on Nov. 16, 2016, Cannon AFB, N.M. The donated blood is sent to forward operating bases and military medical agencies around the world to continually support military blood transfusions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

Airman 1st Class Shawn Green, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron power production technician, periodically squeezes a ball to increase blood flow to his arm during an Armed Forces Blood Program blood drive in bldg. 54’s gym on Nov. 16, 2016, Cannon AFB, N.M. An ASBP blood drive accumulates nearly 50 units of blood on average during site visits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

Airman 1st Class Shawn Green, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron power production technician, periodically squeezes a ball to increase blood flow to his arm during an Armed Forces Blood Program blood drive in bldg. 54’s gym on Nov. 16, 2016, Cannon AFB, N.M. An ASBP blood drive accumulates nearly 50 units of blood on average during site visits. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

U.S. Army Specialist Dianna McDaniel, medical lab technician, inserts an intravenous line into the arm of Airman 1st Class Shawn Green, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron power production technician, during an Armed Forces Blood Program blood drive in bldg. 54’s gym on Nov. 16, 2016, Cannon AFB, N.M. U.S. Army medical personnel traveled from Ft. Bliss, Texas, to a with the blood drive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

U.S. Army Specialist Dianna McDaniel, medical lab technician, inserts an intravenous line into the arm of Airman 1st Class Shawn Green, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron power production technician, during an Armed Forces Blood Program blood drive in bldg. 54’s gym on Nov. 16, 2016, Cannon AFB, N.M. U.S. Army medical personnel traveled from Ft. Bliss, Texas, to a with the blood drive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released)

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Air commandos donated blood during an Armed Services Blood Program blood drive in bldg. 54 on Nov. 16, 2016, at the 27th Special Operations Wing.

 

The ASBP, a joint field operating agency established more than 60 years ago, hosted the drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in order to accumulate blood used for military blood transfusions. Army medical technicians from the William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Ft. Bliss, Texas, traveled to Cannon to assist in the drive.

 

“The ASBP has blood donor centers at Army, Air Force and Naval bases,” said Tech. Sgt. Andrew Antonetti, 27th Special Operations Medical Support Squadron laboratory flight chief. “Those donor teams are typically mobile and travel to numerous military and federal locations to collect for our troops serving around the globe.”

 

According to the ASBP distribution system, the donated blood gets sent to forward operating bases, military medical facilities, U.S. Navy ships and first responder units. One pint of blood is capable of saving up to three lives.

 

“The blood that is collected will go downrange in support of future contingency operations and whatever is left will go to local military hospitals,” Antonetti said. “I have seen the blood being used downrange first-hand, so I can definitely vouch for where it goes and how it is used.”

 

The ASBP attempts to host a blood drive once every two months at Cannon, with the next one being held sometime in late January. Willing participants are able to register beforehand to see if they qualify to donate and expedite the process the day of donation.

 

“Once a date is set and an announcement is made, I can immediately take appointments,” Antonetti said. 

 

Appointments are every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and can be made by emailing Antonetti at andrew.antonetti@us.af.mil or by phone: 575-784-0235 or 575-784-4026.