North Kern employees who served in military honored with quilts

By Lt. George Becerra, PIO, NSKP

Ten North Kern State Prison employees recently were presented Quilts of Valor by Acting Warden P.L. Vazquez to mark their military service.

Two local organizations – Cotton Patch Quilters of Kern County and the Bakersfield Women’s Club – made the quilts.

Since 2003, Quilts of Valor has become a national grassroots community service effort, connecting the honoring veterans and wounded combat serviceman and veterans. As of May 2012 more than 65,000 of the lap-size quilts have been awarded to service members/veterans nationally.

North Kern SP employees honored were:

Correctional Officer Roque Cruz, who also is a U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant; Lt. Daniel Fode, who also is a U.S. Air Force senior master sergeant; Correctional Officer Arnold Guinto, who also is a U.S. Navy petty officer second class.

Material Store Supervisor 1 Salud Castro, who also is an U.S. Army E-4 specialist; Correctional Officer Jesse Garza, who also is a National Guard corporal; Sgt. David Gonzales, who also is a U.S. Air Force senior master sergeant.

And Correctional Officer Adam Lorenzen, who also is a U.S. Army E-5 sergeant; Correctional Officer Conrad Santos Jr., who also is a U.S. Air Force technical sergeant; and Correctional Officer Lance MacNiven, who also is a U.S. Navy petty officer 1st class.

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