Community Involvement

Wasco prison staff honors veterans

Woman wearing a visitor badge speaks to kids.
Chief Nurse Executive D. Bufford shares her US Navy experience with middle-school students.

Prison staff educate students on importance of Veterans Day

On Nov. 6, a group of veterans currently employed at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP-RC) visited students at Standard Middle School in Bakersfield to share their thoughts on Veterans Day and their experiences while in the military.

The visit was in response to an invitation from sixth grade teacher Julie Segundo, who was educating her students on the meaning of Veterans Day and what it stands for.

The WSP-RC visitors were greeted with a warm welcome from Mrs. Segundo and her students as they expressed their appreciation to our veterans for their service to our country. 

One group of students was currently in the process of putting together care packages to ship to our military personnel currently deployed overseas. 

Men run along a roadway on prison grounds.
Correctional Officer J. Gutierrez calls cadence and leads the run at Wasco State Prison-Reception Center.

Veterans Day run is a tradition

The week was capped off by the annual Veterans Day run at the institution which was held in honor of all past and present military veterans who have served in the armed forces.  

All branches of the armed forces were represented as military veteran employees participated in the 1.5 mile run around the institution. Those who couldn’t participate in the run came out to show their support. 

Viet Nam veteran and retired WSP-RC Sgt. Steve Adamak was present for the event and his son, who is also a correctional sergeant, was able to drive him around in the golf cart.

The event was capped off with a cake cutting ceremony in which the youngest and eldest veterans were specially recognized. This annual event held at WSP-RC is one of the ways staff assist Kern County in proudly honoring our veterans.

Two men in a golf cart, one of them wearing a correctional uniform and the other wearing a Viet Nam Veteran hat.
Retired Sgt. S. Adamak and his son Sgt. B. Adamak.