Red Cross Recognizes Efforts of Coast Guard Island Personnel

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The American Red Cross recognized the Coast Guard today for surpassing 2,000 units collected on Coast Guard Island during blood drives held here over the last 10 years.

Jay Winkenbach, CEO for the Northern California Blood Services Region of the Red Cross presented plaques to representatives of each command on the island, including Rear Admiral Manson Brown, Commander of Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific, to recognize this milestone.

“The Coast Guard is charged with saving lives at sea, yet they have also played an important role in helping to save lives on land through their generous blood donations over the years,” said Winkenbach.

“The Coast Guard and the Red Cross are both in the lifesaving profession. I commend the Red Cross for all they do to provide the gift of life and assistance to those in need. Coast Guard people are honored to help the Red Cross in their cause by donating blood,” said Brown.

The Red Cross estimates that over 6,000 lives have been saved by the efforts of the men and women on Coast Guard Island.

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