Operation Pulse Lift - Military Support

Operation Pulse LIft 

Support to the 

Armed Services Blood Program Office

One of the most unique missions, provided by Civil Air Patrol's (CAP) Operation Pulse Lift, is its direct support for blood collections conducted by the Department of Defense. This military mission is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD) Armed Services Blood Program Office (ASBPO). The ASBPO is the official blood program of the U.S. military. The are a multi-servce/joint operation that collects, tests, stores, transports and distributes blood products to military locations around the world, wherever and whenever it’s needed most.From their establishment 70 years ago as a joint field operating agency in 1952 under President Harry Truman and becoming a fully operational blood program by 1962, the ASBP was a distinct program by the time the Vietnam War started, ready to support the military's blood product needs. Our decades long mission of providing lifesaving support for our warfighters carries on today.

In 2020, as part of Operation Pulse Lift's growing mission during CAP's COVID-19 response teams across the nation supported multiple installation blood drives. In August 2021, members of the Alamo Composite Squadron supported the Lackland Blood Donor Center with an emergency blood collection that supported military wounded evacuees, in Germany and Washington D.C., from the Kabul Airport Suicide Bombing. 

Notable are those on-going blood events by installations (see below) 


Joint Base - San Antonio (Lackland), 59 Medical Group: Hosting drives at.

1. Joint Base -San Antonio (Lackland) Blood Donor Center (BDC) and Blood Bank (once a month)

2. Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), near Abilene, TX (annually)

3. The Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO (semi-annually)

4. Petersen AFB, Colorado Springs, CO (semi-annually)

5. Puerto Rico (TBA)



William Beaumont Medical Center - Ft Bliss, TX

1. Ft Huachuca Army Base, Sierra Vista, AZ (two to three times a year)

2. Ft Carson Army Base, Colorado Springs, CO (twice a year)


Madigan Army Medical Center - Ft Lewis, WA

1. Joint Base Elmendorf - Richardson, Anchorage, AL (TBA)

2. Naval Post Graduate School - Monterey, CA (TBA)

3. Beale AFB, CA - (TBA)

4. Travis AFB, CA - (TBA)

5. Whidbey Island, WA - (TBA)


U.S. Army ROTC Summer Encampments - Ft Knox, KY

2023 - 13 Blood Donor Center events between 1 July-15 August 2023


For more information on how to support your local military installation's blood drives, and the ASBPO, contact pulselift@capnhq.gov or call (480) 298-2603.