Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
from all segments of the Fort McCoy community, including the military
and civilian work force, the neighboring communities and the
installationís Medical Department Activity (MEDAC), came together
Aug. 13 to help make a blood drive to support deployed troops a
Spc. Mindy Eitsert of the 107th
donates blood during an Armed Services Blood Program drive at
Fort McCoy. Craig Walker, a medical technician at Fort Benning,
Ga., assists her.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Sgt. Rick Lumzy, the NCOIC of the donor collections for the Fort
Benning, Ga., MEDAC, said the last Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP)
blood drive at Fort McCoy was held in 2006.
McCoy personnel contacted the ASBP at Great Lakes Naval Station in
Illinois to see how to have a blood drive at the installation, Lumzy
said. Because Great Lakes didnít have the manpower to support the
request, it was forwarded to the Fort Benning MEDAC for support, Lumzy
Sgt. Alexander Crocker, an operations sergeant for the Fort McCoy
Headquarters and Headquarters Company who formerly worked with Lumzy
at Fort Benning, helped coordinate the Fort McCoy blood drive.
McCoy is an ideal location to do this because it is mobilizing (Army)
Reserve and National Guard units before they are deployed,"
Crocker said. "Weíre hoping we can do one or two blood drives
like this next year at McCoy."
blood drive was successful because of the support of the personnel who
donated and the volunteers, which included personnel from Post 100 of
the American Legion in Sparta, he said. The organization helped do
much of the legwork needed to make the drive a success.
"Fort McCoy is an ideal location to do this because it is
mobilizing (Army) Reserve and National Guard units before they
Sgt. Alexander Crocker,
Fort McCoy Headquarters and
Mindy Eitsert of the 107th Ordnance/Maintenance Battalion of Sparta
said she donated blood because she likes to help people.
a newer Soldier, itís more special for me to donate blood to this
drive because it is helping deployed troops," Eitsert said.
Sgt. Wayne Woodman of HHC of the 181st Infantry Brigade said he liked
participating because he knows, "the Army needs it, and itís
important to give to support servicemembers."
Garvin, a military family member who works for CWT (Carlson Wagonlit
Travel) SatoTravel, said it was important for her to support the blood
drive as a member of a military family.
more personal," Garvin said. She added it was "great"
when Lumzy explained how her pint of blood could potentially be used
to help save Soldiersí lives.
pint of blood is split into three portions, including the original
donation, plasma and platelets," Lumzy said. "It has the
potential to help save three lives."
more information about ASBP blood drives, visit the Web site http://www.militaryblood.dod.mil.
In the Fort McCoy community, call Crocker at (608) 388-9512 or
military cell telephone at (608) 630-6277.