Mountain Home Air Force Base Blood Drives are Increasingly Successful
Lewis and Clark Blood Services Region
October 6, 2009
Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho hosts five blood drives a year with the American Red Cross as well as an annual military drive held each spring with their own blood services division.
Blood drive coordinator, Jim Koseki, took over the coordination of the blood drives a couple of years ago and with his leadership donations have doubled at the base from an average of about 53 units to collecting 109 and 110 respectively on the last two drives.
According to Ann Callanan, Boise donor recruitment representative, “This increase is due in part to the heartfelt devotion of Jim and the giving nature of the men and women of the 366th Fighter Wing.”
This drive always presents challenges since a large group of servicemen and women are often deployed which reduces the number of potential donors available. And, when the service men and women return they are often deferred for travel restrictions.
But there is another unique feature of blood donations at Mountain Home AFB. The base hosts members of the 428th Fighter Squadron “Buccaneers” from the Republic of Singapore Air Force. When the Singaporeans heard about the blood drives on base Chief Master Sergeant Alfred Chow called to volunteer the services of the 428th FS. They immediately signed up 30 donors and all of them successfully donated a unit of blood at the June 24 blood drive with a promise to participate in future drives.