On March 19, 2021, Civil Air Patrol achieved another COVID-19 emergency response goal with the collection of the 2,500th unit of blood during Operation Pulse Lift. The honors went to donor Lt. Col. Mike McCoy, operations officer for the 388th Composite Squadron in Glendale, Arizona. The blood drive at the 388th Composite Squadron hangar was part of the 58th blood donor center operation in 11 months during the COVID-19 pandemic. The squadron also was the location of the first COVID-19 blood donor center on April 15, 2020.
McCoy was preceded (number 2,499) by Eric Christensen, father of Cadet Airman Aiden Christensen, from Gloucester, Massachusetts, who donated a unit of blood at the Brookwood School in Manchester, Massachusetts.
“Congratulations to the ‘Top Dogs’ of the 388th, Leading with Honor at Glendale, and to all from coast to coast (including members in Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico) who have donated blood and supported the blood donation operation over the past year,” said Incident Commander Lt. Col. Bob Ditch.
Operation Pulse Lift is Arizona Wing’s largest and longest-running COVID-19 relief mission. Additional blood drives in Arizona Wing are scheduled:
- March 23 – Tucson
- March 24 – Glendale
- March 26 and 27 – Mesa
- March 30 – Sierra Vista
- April 3 – Mesa
- April 15 – Glendale
- April 16 and 17 – Show Low
- April 28 – Glendale
- May 6 – Glendale
Visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code CAP to make an appointment to donate at a CAP-sponsored blood drive. If you donate blood at a non-CAP blood drive, your donation still counts toward the Operation Pulse Lift total. Send an email with information about your donation to email@example.com.