By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David R. Krigbaum
SASEBO, Japan (Jan. 22, 2018) The American Red Cross opened its first branch office onboard Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo Jan. 19, 2017. The ceremony was marked with a symbolic ribbon cutting.
The new office’s primary mission is providing emergency services such as sending and receiving emergency messages or “AMCROSS messages.” Previously this service was performed by the Red Cross Iwakuni branch office.
It will also provide health and safety classes, such as CPR, life guarding and babysitting courses. It will begin a dental assistant teaching program. These courses will allow volunteers to learn new skills that in turn can be applied toward volunteering and gaining job experience.
According to Adriana Torres, American Red Cross Field Office Coordinator at Sasebo, the office will have many volunteer opportunities to help out with office clerical work and with Red Cross programs such as their disaster preparedness team, and assisting in both the veterinary and base clinics.
“We’re looking forward to working with all the new commands and personnel here,” said Torres. “We’re hoping that we can make a difference and offer family members an opportunity to volunteer, that way they have something to look forward to and learn some new things.”
The Red Cross is located in the CEC and is open Monday through Friday. For more information please contact Adriana Torres at Adriana.firstname.lastname@example.org, 315-252-3680 (DSN) or 09560-50-3680. Red Cross Sasebo’s Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/SaseboRedCross.