Drill Sergeants, United Blood Services unite to give back to Acadiana

12/03/2012  |  By 1st Lt. Lance Landreneau 1/378th, 1st Brigade, 98th Training Division (IET)
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Lt. Col. Rodney Sanchez, commander of the 1-378 Regt. (BCT) located in Lafayette, La., watches as Ike Melancon, a phlebotomist with United Blood Services, prepares to draw his blood. Photo by 1st Lt. Lance Landreneau, 1/378th, 1st Bde, 98th Training Division (IET)

LAFAYETTE, La. — The 1/378th Regiment, 98th Training Division (IET) teamed up with the United Blood Services on Saturday morning to host a community blood drive at their United States Army Reserve Center in Lafayette.

Through a combined effort, the blood mobile was able to collect 11 pints of blood that will be used in the future by local people in need.

“I gave blood because I want to help save lives,” said Spc. Tesa Cormier, a Soldier with the 1/378th Regt. “I know there are people out there counting on us to donate and I just wanted to do my part.”

This event was also a great opportunity for local residents to come to a reserve center and talk to service members about what it takes to join and become a drill sergeant in the U.S. Army.

“We had multiple inquiries Saturday about joining the Army,” said Sgt. 1st Class Andrea Jeffers, the resident Army Reserve Career Counselor. “People would just see us, our posters or see our drill sergeants in the parking lot and would stop to give blood and ask about joining the Army.”

The unit looks forward to doing this again in the future and plans to team up with other local units hoping to make a permanent impact in the community.

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