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Navigating donors to blood drive

Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 12:42 p.m. CDT
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Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Rio Flores has been an exceptional site coordinator for the Armed Services Blood Program at Great Lakes for the past year.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Rio Flores is a master training specialist at the new student indoctrination for Training Service Command Great Lakes. She also works as a Building 215 blood drive site coordinator for the Armed Services Blood Program.

Flores is known to go above and beyond in her role as a site coordinator for the ASBP, always navigating prospective blood donors from the classroom to the blood drive in the hanger bay. To ensure no student will miss classroom time if they are ineligible to donate blood, Flores prescreens potential donors two days before the blood drive. She also structures the schedule on blood drive dates to ensure maximum blood drive turnout with minimum classroom time affected.

Flores, a boatswain’s mate, exemplifies her duties as the site coordinator role in many ways. When tasked with repairing and maintaining equipment in preparation for underway operations, she provides ample donors to ensure sailors can continue to serve in their roles should the need for blood arise.

When tasked with taking part in underway replenishment – transferring supplies from ship-to-ship while deployed – Flores ensures blood products are readily available to the Navy fleet on blood drive days.

Flores is known for her proactive ways, always willing to take on extra responsibilities. So when she is asked to be a lookout for the Navy, Flores has everyone’s best interest in mind, working diligently to provide donors in groups that maximize the amount of blood that can be collected at her work center.

After growing up in Elmhurst, Flores joined the Navy in 2004. Since then, she has served on several surface ships and at many commands during her nine active duty years. During this time, Flores had three children and is now looking forward to welcoming her brother into the active duty ranks in August. For the past year, she has excelled as a site coordinator for the ASBP. The number of donors rolling up their sleeves at the new student indoctrination blood drives is a testament to her hard work.

“Whatever challenges arise or come up, you should accept them head on,” Flores said. “Do what needs to be done, and do it better than the other guy.”

For those who might be deferred from donating, there are many other ways to support the program. Visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil/donors/how_to_help.aspx to find out more. Also, by using our online registration system, https://www.militarydonor.com/index.cfm, donors can stay up-to-date on all of the Armed Services Blood Program’s upcoming blood drives and when your blood type is needed the most.

About the Armed Services Blood Program

Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program has served as the sole provider of blood for the U.S. military. As a tri-service organization, the ASBP collects, processes, stores and distributes blood and blood products to soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and their families worldwide. As one of four national blood collection organizations trusted to ensure the nation has a safe, potent blood supply, the ASBP works closely with our civilian counterparts by sharing donors on military installations where there are no military blood collection centers and by sharing blood products in times of need to maximize availability of this national treasure.

To find out more about the ASBP or to schedule an appointment to donate, visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil. To interact directly with ASBP staff members, see more photos or get the latest news, follow @militaryblood on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Pinterest. Find the drop. Donate.

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