ESGR Selects Arizona Public Service as Finalist for 2014 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award

WASHINGTON –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced Arizona Public Service of Phoenix, Ariz., as a 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award finalist. The award is the DoD’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve employees. The top 30 employers were selected from a pool of 2,864 nominations submitted earlier this year by National Guard and Reserve service members.

The employers selected as Freedom Award finalists distinguish themselves by supporting their National Guard and Reserve employees through policies and initiatives that go above and beyond in assisting and encouraging their military service. Arizona Public Service’s nominator, an Army Reservist, highlighted the organization’s creation of a Veteran Engagement Transition Retention Network that provides corporate support and recognition for employees in the National Guard and Reserve. The organization accelerated hiring of Guardsmen and Reservists and maintains ongoing support and communication for family members of deployed employees.

“These 30 employers have gone above and beyond to provide our military men and women as well as their families the absolute best support possible,” said ESGR Executive Director Ronald G. Young. “An employer's support is just as critical as a military member’s family support and we are proud to have a way to recognize these outstanding employers through this program.”

Senior DoD officials, business leaders and prior awardees will now select up to 15 Freedom Award recipients to be honored at the 19th annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony at the Pentagon in September.

A complete list of 2014 Freedom Award finalists is available at under the Media Tab in the Press Releases section. For media queries about the Freedom Award program, contact Beth Sherman at