By Lt. Mike Tuntakit, AA/PIO
Avenal State Prison
Avenal State Prison (ASP) was recently recognized by the U.S. Army for the prison’s support of troops serving in the Middle East.
“Remember the Troops” was the theme of ASP’s care package donation drive. The goal of the drive is to create care packages for U.S. Army soldiers who are currently serving overseas deployments in Iraq. Something as simple as a care package can lift the morale of the soldiers, according to organizers.
On March 16, U.S. Army Specialist Brenden Ursenbach presented ASP and its staff with a plaque as a token of gratitude for the 80 care packages ASP staff helped sponsor for the 101st Airborne Division (AA) 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry 75th Regiment, while they were deployed in Iraq.
ASP Chief Deputy Warden Paul Vera received the plaque on behalf of ASP.
Specialist Brenden said he was very thankful to all the staff at the institution for their generous donations. He said the care packages sent by ASP helped his unit through difficult times when their supplies where delayed during conflict and strengthened their morale.
ASP organizers said there were many individuals and groups who were instrumental with their donations with the package drive including ASP-EAC, CCPOA, CCSO, Lt. Curtiss Ursenbach, Jeanne Tillotson from PIA, and the generosity of ASP staff.