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113 Wing Student Flight Hosts Blood Drive

Joint Base Andrews, Md. -- The 113 Wing Student Flight hosted a blood drive that was open to the Andrews Community May 15, 2011.

Airman First Class Min Tun, 113 Student Flight, spearheaded the effort for the blood drive by inviting the Armed Services Blood Bank Center to the Wing for a community event for personnel and family at Joint Base Andrews.

"Student Flight was looking for ways to enhance our visibility and we thought a blood drive would be an ideal community event for the Wing and the community here at Andrews," said Airman First Class Tun.

After contacting the Red Cross Airman First Class Tun was referred to the Armed Forces Blood Bank. The Armed Forces Blood Bank, headquartered in Bethesda, Md ., does roughly from 12 to 16 blood drive events per month.

"This is our fourth blood drive this week," said Captain Veronica Soileau, Officer in Charge. "We have a goal here to get 30 units of blood."

Each donor provides one pint of blood and it takes roughly 50 donors to compile 30 units of blood.

The Armed Forces Blood Bank has a team of 15 to 20 Servicemembers mostly from the Navy, as well as two Airmen and some Army civilian contractors."