Hood Herald/TJ MAXWELL - Guest speaker retired Col. Noel Webster, group project manager for the Harker Heights Medical Home, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, at Fort Hood, left, is presented with a clock during an appreciation ceremony for donors and volunteers Feb. 9 at the Robertson Blood Center at Fort Hood.

By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Fort Hood Herald

Donors were recognized Jan. 26 for their contributions to Fort Hood's Robertson Blood Center.

The center, located in Building 2250 on 761st Tank Battalion Avenue, hosts a yearly ceremony to recognize everyone from donors to unit recruiters to those who support the center.

Margaret VanBruggen was recognized for her work in coordinating blood drives for the McNair and Chaffee Villages at Fort Hood. McNair and Chaffee are neighborhood housing areas on post.

VanBruggen was serving as McNair's mayor when she participated in her first blood drive - the first time she heard about Robertson. That was two years ago. She recently organized her fifth drive.

It was nice to be recognized and appreciated, VanBruggen said, but that isn't why she does it.

"I do it because I want to do it," she said.

Retired Col. Noel Webster served as the ceremony's guest speaker. He is a former director of the Fort Hood blood center and led during much of the current center's planning stages, according to information from Robertson.

Last year was a monumental year for the center as it saw new construction, a revamped blood processing and testing procedure and the debut of the Army's Center of Excellence for Apheresis Training.

Preparations are under way for the center to become a hub for the frozen blood program, according to information from Robertson.

Some of those honored Jan. 26 included:

Top donors of 2010: Timothy Stroud, Ronald Decker, Robert Boswell, William Harper, David Leach, retired Maj. Prosper Walker, retired Col. Joan Vanderlaan and Lt. Col. Dennis Dombrowski.

Top large unit: 36th Engineer Brigade

Top medium unit: Phantom Command

Top small unit: 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment

Top brigade in 1st Cavalry Division: 1st Cavalry Division Headquarters Battalion

Top squadron in 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment: 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment

Others: American Federation of Government Employees for the Austin and Temple Veterans Affairs hospital and clinic, McGregor High School ROTC Program and Sam Houston State University Reserve Officer Training Corps.

4-gallon donors: Robert Lyon and John Sammis.

3-gallon donors: John Lauck Jr., Flor McKenzie, William McKiernan, retired Chief Warrant Officer-4 Roy Stout and Sgt. James Vineyard.

2-gallon donor: John Yovanovitch

1-gallon donor: Christopher Beno, James Burke, James Cowan, Gary Fisher, Gloria Guzman, William Harper, Sgt. Curtis Hunter, Christopher Johnson, Staff Sgt. Carey Killea, David Leach, Marsha Manley, Thomas Nichols, Renee O'Connell, Keith Orie, Sgt. Elvis Pena, Joshua Reed, Alfredo Rios, Richard Schroeder, Jerome Torres, Joseph Trachier and Eddie Wingler.

To learn more about the center, call (254) 285-5808 or (254) 287-5938 or visit www.MilitaryBlood.DoD.Army.mil/FtHood or www.facebook.com/militaryblood.

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