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NEWS | May 20, 2020

JBSA blood centers in need of donors

By Armed Services Blood Program Communications Armed Services Blood Program

The Armed Services Blood Program’s blood donor centers at Joint Base San Antonio are in need of blood from the military community.

The Armed Services Blood Centers at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston and JBSA-Lackland are requesting donors to make up for a local blood shortage, but the request is a recurring one – the need for blood always exists for cancer patients, trauma victims and warfighters.

Anyone with installation access can donate at the Akeroyd or Lackland Blood Donor Centers, and staff are taking extra precautions to keep donors safe.

Over the past few months with COVID-related stay-at-home orders, there's been a significant reduction in traumas, including motor vehicle collisions, but as the community posture changes and travel resumes, blood center staffs anticipate the need for more blood.

To ensure we are prepared to assist our military families and civilian emergency patients at Brooke Army Medical Center, we encourage everyone who is feeling healthy to consider donating blood through the Akeroyd Blood Donor Center at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston or the JBSA-Lackland Blood Donor Center.

These centers are part of the Armed Services Blood Program, the military's official blood collection, manufacturing and transfusion program, and is the direct provider of life-saving blood and blood products at BAMC and Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center.

Because JBSA remains open for official business only, appointments are required; walk-ins will not be accepted at this time.

Here is how JBSA blood donors can book appointments online:

1.  Go to
2.  Click on “Locate a Blood Drive”
3.  Search by Sponsor Code:  ABDC (for JBSA-Fort Sam Houston) or ASBBC-SA (for JBSA-Lackland)
4.  Click on “Search”
5.  Click the date on which you can donate. 
6.  Click the word “Schedule.”  Follow the prompts to enter your information.
7.  Remember to bring your cloth mask with you.

For questions, call Mark Salcedo at the Akeroyd Blood Donor Center at 210-295-4655 or Tracy Parmer at the Lackland Blood Donor Center at 210-292-8145.