Benjamin Patten


Ben Patton is a manager at Bakersfield Harley Davidson an Army Vet, former Police Officer, and the founder of Armed Forces Support Riders. Ben also co-founded the Armed Forces Support Foundation and is the father of 2 sons, one currently in active duty in the Navy and the other is a Navy veteran. Ben has also been awarded the Military/ Veteran award for 2017 from the American Red Cross. 


Jenny Patten

Vice President

Jenny is a U.S. Marine Corp. veteran and well known in the veteran community. She works at the Bakersfield Vet Center and is the Outreach Director helping veterans know about their benefits. 


Shaun Dawkins


Shaun is the general sales manager for Sonitrol Security in Bakersfield, he was born in Canada to English parents but is an American patriot.  His father served with British forces in Korea and his brother with the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan and says are two of the top motivating factors for his passion to be an active participant in veterans outreach.  Aside from being Treasurer for AFSF he also serves as senior event coordinator for Armed Forces Support Riders, is on the steering committee for the Kern County Veterans Collaborative, and as treasurer for the Bakersfield Toy Run.


Eric Lovato






Gilbert Cota


Josh Dhanens


Randy Coats


John Wilburn



Rick Hodges