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Blood drive held here Aug. 13 
to support deployed Soldiers

By Rob Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff

Personnel 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 success.

Photo: 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)
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)

Staff 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.

Fort 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 said.

Staff 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.

"Fort 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."

The 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 are deployed."

Staff Sgt. Alexander Crocker,
Operations Sergeant,
Fort McCoy Headquarters and
Headquarters Company

 

Spc. Mindy Eitsert of the 107th Ordnance/Maintenance Battalion of Sparta said she donated blood because she likes to help people.

"As a newer Soldier, itís more special for me to donate blood to this drive because it is helping deployed troops," Eitsert said.

Staff 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."

Sarah 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.

"Itís 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.

"A 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."

For 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.

 

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