(4) The ASWBPLs will fill blood requests as designated by the ASBPO. During
peacetime operations, medical facilities may supplement their blood product needs from
the ASWBPLs on as available basis according to their Service's policies.
(5) Blood products may be requisitioned from the ASWBPLs by the
commanders of unified commands, joint task forces, or by the SBPOs.
(6) Blood products received by the ASWBPLs will be inspected and stored
according to FDA and AABB requirements.
(7) Shipment conditions and inspection results will be recorded on the shipping
document. The ASWBPLs will file one copy completed document and return one copy
to the shipping facility. Significant errors will be brought to the attention of the
(8) Liquid RBC units received by the ASWBPLs will be tested to verify the ABO
blood groups and Rh types.
(9) The ASWBPLs will arrange shipment of blood products via military or
The ASWBPLs pack, ice, palletize, and ship blood from CONUS-based
military or civilian BDCs to BTCs.
The ASWBPLs store blood prior to shipment and for contingency
(a) McGuire AFB, NJ.
(b) Travis AFB, CA.
c. Blood Transshipment Center (BTC)/ Transportable Blood Transshipment
Center (TBTC). The BTC/TBTC is managed by the Air Force at primary airports in the
TO and functions as an intermediate receiving, inspecting, re-icing, storing, and
distributing facility for liquid and frozen blood products sent from the CONUS
ASWBPLs, BPDs, or from another BTC, to the BSUs, another BTC, or MTFs when
required. BTCs provide daily blood reports (BLDREPs) to their respective AJBPO or
JBPO. The overall objective is to standardize BTC operations worldwide.
(1) The Secretary of the Air Force will establish BTCs at air terminals located
outside the continental United States (OCONUS) upon request from the ASBPO or