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.

For more about the Quilts of Valor project, visit https://www.qovf.org/.