SMP host blood drive for Cobra Gold

January 12, 2018

CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan — The Single Marine Program hosts the Armed Services Blood Program blood drive Jan.11 at the SMP building aboard Camp Foster.

The blood drive was hosted to collect pints of O- and O+ blood for Cobra Gold. 

“We supple all the operations that the military conducts in the Pacific along with military hospitals and ships that come to the Okinawa,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Oscar Valdueza, the lead petty officer and public affairs specialist for the Armed Services Blood Bank Center. “This blood drive is for Cobra Gold. We hope to get around 20 units of blood at the SMP blood drive.”

The SMP volunteers helped direct the many Marines by asking them to sign in and asking what their blood type was. The ASBP collected 30 units of blood during the SMP blood drive.

“Every time there is a blood drive I try to donate,” Pfc. Melvin Barnard, a defense clerk with Legal Services Support Section aboard Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. “I started donating when I got to Okinawa because I figured it could help someone, so why not do it.”

All statues of forces agreement personnel 17-years-old and older who are eligible to be seen at the hospital can donate. Visit for more information and to see the weekly schedule for donations or call the ASBBC at 646-9939 to make an appointment.