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06/25/18

RECIPIENTS OF SECDEF EMPLOYER SUPPORT FREEDOM AWARD NAMED

RECIPIENTS OF SECDEF EMPLOYER SUPPORT FREEDOM AWARD NAMED

Fifteen Exceptional Employers Recognized for Top Honor 

WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense announced the 15 recipients of the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

“It is my pleasure to recognize these 15 outstanding civilian employers,” said Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis.  “Our National Guard and Reserve members are a vital part of our defense strategy and deserve as much support as this country can provide.  These 15 employers lead the way in providing that.  We are grateful to them for their role in helping to keep our nation safe and secure.”

The Freedom Award recipients below will be honored Aug. 24 at a Pentagon ceremony:

 

Employer                                                                      City/State        

Amazon                                                                        Seattle, Washington

AME Swiss Machining LLC                                         Ligonier, Indiana

ArgenTech Solutions, Inc.                                          Newmarket, New Hampshire

Big Sky Advisors                                                          St. Louis, Missouri

Crystal Group, Inc.                                                      Hiawatha, Iowa

Duke Energy                                                                Charlotte, North Carolina

Dunlap Police Department                                       Dunlap, Tennessee

FMI Corporation                                                         Raleigh, North Carolina

Greencastle Associates Consulting, LLC                 Malvern, Pennsylvania

Minnesota Department of Transportation             St. Paul, Minnesota

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania                Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

South Charleston Police Department                       South Charleston, West Virginia

Texas Department of Insurance                                Austin, Texas

Werner Enterprises, Inc.                                              Omaha, Nebraska

Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office                               Salisbury, Maryland

The 2018 recipients were selected from more than 2,350 nominations received from Guardsmen and Reservists highlighting how their civilian employers went far beyond what the federal law requires to support them. The Freedom Award began in 1996 under the auspices of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to recognize exceptional employer support, with 250 honorees to date.

For more information about the Freedom Award and this year’s recipients, visit www.FreedomAward.mil. To learn more about ESGR, part of the Defense Personnel and Family Support Center, visit www.ESGR.mil.

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