By Cecile Gant

The incarcerated North Facility Veterans’ Group at the Correctional Training Facility (CTF), Soledad, presented a $500 check to members of the Salinas Veterans’ Day Parade committee on Oct. 25.

“Aside from the negativity that is reported from many correctional facilities, there are a lot of positive things and organizations happening as well,” said Veterans’ Day Parade committee member Tony Virrueta.

CTF North Facility Veterans Group exists to support the needs of incarcerated veterans. There are currently 90 active members. Members of this group  served in all branches of the U.S. military, as far back as World War II and up to the most recent Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

The CTF-North Veterans Group also sponsors a number of other self-help groups that serve the larger inmate population at CTF-North.

These groups include Anger Management, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Process Group (focused on health and wellness, life skills, and life balance), and Yoke Fellows (focused on working together for the greater good).

“For one reason or another, they are incarcerated and paying their debt to society,” said Veterans’ Day parade committee member Joe Ybarra. “Their privilege of freedom is temporarily taken, but what never could be taken is that they will forever be veterans.”

Virrueta and Ybarra thanked Warden Marion Spearman, CTF North Veterans Group sponsor Cecile Gant and co-chairmen inmates Jeffrey Platt and Ronald Reach for the donation.

“I look forward to visiting the veterans group again to thank them and tell them of the great parade that honored all veterans everywhere and how they helped,” said Virrueta.

With the help of the incarcerated veterans’ donation, the 2nd Annual Veterans’ Day Parade was held in Old Town Salinas on Nov. 11.

Approximately 100 entries filled the more than half-mile parade route, and all branches of military service were represented.

CSP-LAC hosts 4th annual Thanksgiving Basket Contest

By Lt. Jackie Galapon

On Nov. 14, the California State Prison, Los Angles (CSP-LAC) hosted its 4th Annual Thanksgiving Basket Contest.

Tim Sebra, associate warden of business services, with a winner.

The baskets are decorated with non-perishable food items with all the fixings for a Thanksgiving Day feast.

Turkeys were donated by Valley Wide Dental Group for each basket entry.

Each year baskets are donated to needy families in our local communities, however; this year baskets were donated to LAC families that were affected by layoffs.

CMF project helps recognize veterans

By Lando Bravo
CMF community resources manager

Earlier this month, a picture board was placed in the front foyer of the California Medical Facility (CMF) in Vacaville.

The board was divided into five sections: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy.  Employees were encouraged to post a photo of themselves while they were in the Armed Services in the section for their branch of service so that others could acknowledge and thank them.

On Nov. 9, the El Tejaban restaurant sold lunches in the front of the Institution.  Ten percent of the proceeds from the sales went to the California Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Home of Yountville.

HDSP sergeant honored by VFW

By Lt. Nick Albonico

High Desert State Prison Sgt. Greg Crowe was recently honored with a Peace Officer/Firefighter of the year award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

HDSP Chief Deputy Warden Fred Foulk, left, presents the VFW award to Sgt. Greg Crowe.

Sgt. Sergeant Crowe has been an instrumental member of the HDSP team since starting with the Department of Corrections in November of 2002.

Sgt. Crowe is HDSP’s Honor Guard Commander and is currently working on specialized projects for HDSP.

Sgt. Crowe has served in military for more than 15 years.  During his military career, Sgt. Crowe has been part of more than 200 combat missions.


Jeffrey S. Moreland

The California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran (CSATF/SP), received notification that Jeffrey S. Moreland, Correctional Officer, died Nov. 16.

Officer Moreland began his career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on Sept. 5, 1998, as a correctional officer at the Richard A. McGee Training Academy.

On Oct. 17, 1998, upon graduating from the academy, he transferred to CSATF/SP and remained there until his death.