Tuesday, August 23, 2022

                                         Fifteen Exceptional Employers Recognized for Top Honor

August 1, 2022

WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense is pleased to announce the 15 recipients of the 2022 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

The recipients include small and large private and public sector employers nominated by a National Guard or Reserve Component employee employed in their organization. Celebrating its 26th year, the Freedom Award began in 1996 under the auspices of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to recognize exceptional employer support, with 325 honorees to date.

“I am proud to salute the employers who have distinguished themselves by being named Freedom Award recipients as we mark the 26th year of this highly coveted recognition,” said Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III. “The men and women of the National Guard and Reserve make significant contributions to our communities and our national security through their civilian and military careers. By valuing and supporting their employees’ military service, these employers enhance the strength, readiness, and diversity of our National Guard and Reserve forces, and the readiness of the Total Force. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, recognizing the sacrifices and stalwart dedication of our Reserve Components, their Service members, and the outstanding supportive employers who go above and beyond.”

ESGR received 2,777 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout the 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and District of Columbia. The recipients distinguished themselves by going far beyond the requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, or USERRA, to support their National Guard and Reserve employees. Many offered enhanced pay and benefit packages; flexible scheduling and generous leave policies; and pre- and post- deployment support. In addition, they implemented robust training to equip human resource professionals and managers to support their organization’s military serving employees; stayed connected to deployed employees by sending care packages; and took care of their employees’ families during deployments by assisting with household repairs, including them in company functions, or providing financial assistance.

The 2022 Freedom Award recipients will be recognized in local ceremonies by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve State Chairs.

The 2022 Recipients are listed by employer name, location and nominator’s service and state:

  • Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska (Air National Guard, Alaska)
  • Bristol Myers Squibb, Princeton, New Jersey (Air National Guard, New Jersey)
  • Charles Perry Partners Inc., Gainesville, Florida (Army National Guard, Florida)
  • Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Charleston, South Carolina (Air Force Reserve, South Carolina)
  • Check Defense, Raleigh, North Carolina (Army National Guard, North Carolina)
  • Coalfire Systems Inc., Westminster, Colorado (Navy Reserve, Colorado)
  • Flemingsburg Police Department, Flemingsburg, Kentucky (Army National Guard, Kentucky)
  • Gate City Bank, Fargo, North Dakota (Army National Guard, North Dakota)
  • HJ Pertzborn Plumbing and Fire Protection, Madison, Wisconsin (Army Reserve, Wisconsin)
  • Infinity Systems Engineering, LLC, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Air Force Reserve, Colorado)
  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Golden, Colorado (Air National Guard, Colorado)
  • Phoenix Fab, LLC, Chandler, Arizona (Air National Guard, Arizona)
  • Storm Lake Police Department, Storm Lake, Iowa (Army National Guard, Iowa)
  • TeleTracking Technologies, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania (Army Reserve, Pennsylvania)
  • UT-Battelle (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Oak Ridge, Tennessee (Air National Guard, Tennessee)

For more information about the Freedom Award, visit www.FreedomAward.mil. To learn more about ESGR, a program of the Defense Personnel and Family Support Office, visit www.ESGR.mil.

About ESGR

ESGR is a Department of Defense office that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. It also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between Service members and their employers.

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON – Do you have a story to tell about how exceptional your employer’s support is to Guard and Reserve service members?  If your employer goes above and beyond in their support for Guardsmen or Reservists, nominate them for the 2022 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense is pleased to announce the 15 recipients of the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.
 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The finalists include small and large private and public sector employers nominated by a National Guard or Reserve Component employee employed in their organization. ESGR received 3,382 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout the 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and District of Columbia. 

Friday, February 05, 2021

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces a successful 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award nomination season. ESGR received 3,382 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout the 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and District of Columbia.

Thursday, October 01, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense is pleased to announce the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Nomination Season opens October 1, 2020. The Award, commonly referred to as the Freedom Award, is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for exemplary support of their National Guard and Reserve employees.

Monday, August 31, 2020

WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense is pleased to announce the 15 recipients of the 2020 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

Monday, March 23, 2020

 

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2020 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The finalists include small and large private and public sector employers, nominated by a National Guard or Reserve employee in their organization. ESGR received 2,623 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout the 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and District of Columbia.

Monday, March 09, 2020

WASHINGTON ­– Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) program, has identified 143 employers as semifinalists for the 2020 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, commonly referred to as the Freedom Award.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Reserve Component Service members may nominate their employer for prestigious honor from October 1 through December 31, 2019.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

15 exceptional employers will receive the DoD's top honor at Pentagon ceremony August 23, 2019

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

If your organization goes above and beyond in its support for Guardsmen or Reservists, nominate it for the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award! Nomination season opens October 1 and runs through December 31.