d. Three positions:
(1) Director: Rotates among the three Services.
(2) Deputy Directors:
(a) Two positions selected from other two Services.
(b) Responsible for areas related to blood program operations and
(3) The individual Service components in support of ASBPO are responsible for
(a) The Army maintains Operational Control (OPCON) of the ASBPO and
provides funding, personnel, facilities, and supplies. If military blood requirements
exceed capabilities, the Army provides funds for procurement of blood from civilian
(b) The USAF designates the locations of the Armed Services Whole Blood
Processing Laboratories (ASWBPLs) at Conus air terminals. The USAF also
coordinates the tri-service staffing and the operational funding of ASWBPLs for the
shipment of blood and blood products to locations OCONUS. Additionally, the USAF
operates and staffs blood transshipment centers (BTCs), the initial receiving points for
blood entering the Area of Operation (AO) at most major overseas military airfields.
e. Upon mobilization or during periods of increased blood needs for military
operations, the ASBPO directs the Services to meet required quotas for blood or blood
products to be shipped to designated ASWBPLs.
3-3. SERVICE BLOOD PROGRAM OFFICE (SBPO)
a. The USA, USN, and, the USAF maintain separate command blood programs to
meet normal peacetime requirements. To meet ASBPO requirements, the Services
direct expansion of their blood donor centers (BDCs).
b. Each unified command has a separate integrated system for providing blood
products to the various service component MTFs. The unified command Joint Blood
Program Office (JBPO) serves as the overall blood manager within each command. In
support of unified command operation plans (OPLANs), ASBPO sets quotas for
shipments of liquid and frozen blood products from CONUS ASWBPLs to the respective
commands. Frozen blood products may be prepositioned in designated unified
commands in sufficient quantity to support blood requirements during the initial days of
an armed conflict.