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Tennessee Guard and Reserve Members Nominate Employer

Thursday, March 17, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, announced 97 Tennessee Guard and Reserve service members nominated their employers for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition for employers showing exceptional support to their Guard and Reserve employees.  ESGR received 4,049 nominations from Guard and Reserve members across the nation, a 64 percent increase over last year’s total.

 

The Department of Defense honors the employers of Guard and Reserve members as they are critical to our country’s national security. Guard and Reserve members nominated employers, ranging from small to large businesses and the public sector, who have demonstrated support of their service through initiatives such as continued benefits, differential pay and family assistance. 

 

See below for a list of Tennessee employers nominated for the Freedom Award, or visit www.FreedomAward.mil.

 

The 2011 recipients will be announced this summer and honored in Washington, D.C. at the 16th annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony on September 22, 2011.  Recipients of the 2010 Freedom Award met privately with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.  

 

The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of ESGR to recognize exceptional support from the employer community. ESGR was established in 1972 to develop and maintain 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 regarding the Freedom Award, please visit www.FreedomAward.mil  or contact Beth Sherman, ESGR Public Affairs, at 703-696-1171, ext. 539 or by email at ESGR-PA@osd.mil.

 

The following employers were nominated for the Freedom Award:

 

Employer Name

City

Aerospace Testing Alliance (ATA)

Arnold AFB

Aramark

Athens

Mayfield Dairy Farms

Athens

Herbi-Systems, Inc.

Bartlett

Brentwood Fire and Rescue

Brentwood

Southgate Children's Academy

Brentwood

Haywood Company

Brownsville

AMSA 142(G)

Chattanooga

Chattanooga Police Department

Chattanooga

Custom Counter and Display L.L.C.

Chattanooga

Tennessee Valley Authority

Chattanooga

The Hutton Company

Chattanooga

U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc.

Chattanooga

Unum

Chattanooga

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

Clarksville

J-3 Restoration

Columbia

City of Cookeville Gas Department

Cookeville

Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Cookeville

Institutional Wholesale Co.

Cookeville

Walmart

Cookeville

Brackins Machine Shop

Ewrin

Fayetteville Public Utilities

Fayetteville

Community Health Systems

Franklin

Digital Reasoning Systems, Inc.

Franklin

Laughlin Memorial Hospital

Greeneville

Tile-Right Flooring, LLC

Heiskell

Cumberland Emergency Physicians

Hermitage

David Crockett High School

Jonesborough

AGC Inc. Greendland Plant

Kingsport

Eastman Chemical Co.

Kingsport

Master Tool and Die

Kingsport

Argo Turboserve Corporation

Knoxville

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center

Knoxville

Tennessee Valley Authority

Knoxville

TVA Police

Knoxville

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC

LaVergne

Ingram Content Group

LaVergne

City of LaVergne Public Works Department

LaVergne

Walmart

Lawrenceburg

Rock-Tenn Company Lebanon Folding

Lebanon

EODT

Lenoir City

Lenoir City High School

Lenoir City

Teledyne EMS

Lewsiburg

Comcast Corporation

Memphis

Federal Aviation Administration

Memphis

FedEx*

Memphis

Federal Public Defender, Western District of Tennessee

Memphis

Hospital Wing

Memphis

Lowrance Elementary School

Memphis

Memphis Fire Department

Memphis

Memphis Flight Standards District Office

Memphis

Memphis Police Department

Memphis

SFI Steel Fabrication

Memphis

Southern College of Optometry

Memphis

Varsity Brands Inc.

Memphis

Steve Quiggle at Mountain Home V.A.

Mountain Home

Wax Family Printing

Murfreesboro

ADT

Nashville

Ardent Health Services

Nashville

Bed Bath & Beyond Store #476

Nashville

Cottage Cove

Nashville

Crossland Economy Studios, Nashville-Airport

Nashville

Davidson County Sheriff's Office

Nashville

Emergency Services Network

Nashville

Iostudio*

Nashville

JFHQ, DPER Section, Tennessee Army National Guard

Nashville

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

Nashville

Tennessee Department of Corrections; Riverbend Maximum Security Institution

Nashville

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Nashville

Tennessee Department of the Military

Nashville

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett

Nashville

Transportation Security Administration/Dept Homeland Security

Nashville

Triumph Aerostructures-Vought Aircraft Division

Nashville

New Market Police Department

New Market

HomeSteader Inc.

New Tazewell

Bechtel Jacobs Co. LLC

Oak Ridge

Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC

Oak Ridge

Information International Associates, Inc.

Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge National Lab/UT-Battelle

Oak Ridge

Parkway Cardiology Associates

Oak Ridge

WSI Oak Ridge*

Oak Ridge

Ronnie Smith Inc.

Savannah

CalsonicKansei North America

Shelbyville

Tyson Foods Inc.

Shelbyville

UPS

Trenton

Walmart

Tullahoma

CCA

Whiteville


 *Denotes employer received more than one nomination

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