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Minnesota’s Nominations for 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

Monday, March 18, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va.­– Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense operational committee, announced 61 Minnesota Guard and Reserve members nominated their employers for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The agency received 2,899 nominations nationwide. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition for employers supporting employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Up to 15 award recipients will be announced this summer and honored in Washington, D.C. later this year at the 18th annual Freedom Award ceremony. Past award recipients have met with senior leaders of the White House and Department of Defense as part of the award recognition.

 

Guard and Reserve Service members, or family members acting on their behalf, nominated their civilian employers for the Freedom Award during the 12-week nomination season that closed in January. Even with recent draw downs in Afghanistan, ongoing national security demands and historic humanitarian relief missions have continued to call service members away from their civilian lives. Supportive employers are critical to helping restore stability and peace of mind for these Citizen Warriors and their loved ones.

 

"Every year, these nominations demonstrate the strength of our employers' commitment to supporting our Guardsmen and Reservists," said ESGR National Chair James G. Rebholz. "We applaud all the National Guard and Reserve Service members who took the time to tell the DoD why their employers are exceptional, and we are grateful to the 2013 nominees for providing our Citizen Warriors with the assistance and encouragement they rely on while answering the call to duty."

 

Nearly one-half of the U.S. military is comprised of Guard and Reserve members. While most Guard and Reserve employers proudly support their military employees, Freedom Award recipients are recognized for going to extraordinary lengths for their Guardsmen and Reservists. Nationwide, this year’s nominees represent diverse industries including airlines, grocery store chains, national retail brands and IT companies, as well as small businesses, and state and local governments.

 

A list of nominations from all 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia are available at www.FreedomAward.mil. Semifinalists for the 2013 Freedom Award will be announced later this spring.

 

About ESGR and the Freedom Award:

The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of ESGR to recognize exceptional support from the employer community. In the years since, 175 employers have been honored with the award. ESGR develops and maintains employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce. 

 

For questions or interviews regarding the Freedom Award, please contact Beth Sherman, ESGR Public Affairs, at 571-372-0705 or by email at ESGR-PA@osd.mil.

 

2013 Freedom Award Nominations from Minnesota:

 

Employer

City

Bemidji Adult Basic Education

Bemidji

Avtex

Bloomington

The Toro Company

Bloomington

Deacon's Lodge Golf

Breezy Point

Air Liquide Electronics, Advance Equipment Service Division

Chanhassen

America Midwest Transportation

Courtland

Independent School District #593

Crookston

St. Louis County Public Works

Duluth

Target Corporation

Duluth

The Home Depot

Duluth

UnitedHealth Care

Duluth

Lifeworks

Eagan

Nash Finch Company

Edina

ReconRobotics

Edina

AK Performance Graphics

Farmington

Teamvantage Molding LLC

Forest Lake

General Mills, Inc.

Golden Valley

Lubrication Technologies

Golden Valley

Dakota County Sheriff's Office

Hastings

Runnings Farm and Fleet

Hutchinson

Gertens Greenhouses & Garden Center

Inver Grove Heights

Northern Pines Mental Health Center

Little Falls

Luverne Area Aquatics & Fitness

Luverne

MTU Onsite Energy

Mankato

Materials Processing Corporation

Mendota Heights

Apogee Enterprises

Minneapolis

BI Worldwide

Minneapolis

FedEx Corporation

Minneapolis

General Mills, Inc.

Minneapolis

Smile Network International

Minneapolis

U.S. Bank*

Minneapolis

Wells Fargo

Minneapolis

GE Water and Process Technologies

Minnetonka

Opus Holding, LLC.

Minnetonka

APi Group, Inc.

New Brighton

Bell Lumber and Pole

New Brighton

National Marrow Donor Program

New Brighton

United Plastics Group

New Hope

Lakes Region EMS

North Branch

McLane Company, Inc.

Northfield

Federated Insurance

Owatonna

Deb Neznik

Pequot Lakes

ATK - Armament Systems Division

Plymouth

Comm-Works

Plymouth

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Prior Lake

City of Rochester

Rochester

SEMCIL

Rochester

Waterous Company

South St. Paul

Allina Health Emergency Medical Services

St. Paul

3M

St. Paul

City of St. Paul Police Department

St. Paul

Comcast

St. Paul

Department of Veterans Affairs

St. Paul

Joe's Sporting Goods

St. Paul

St. Paul Fire and Safety

St. Paul

St. Paul Police Department

St. Paul

Securian Financial Group

St. Paul

Travelers

St. Paul

CR Electric

Winsted

ASAS/Tysol, Inc.

Woodbury

 

*Denotes employer received more than one nomination

 

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