2016 Freedom Award Finalists

WASHINGTON ­– Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, has selected 30 employers as finalists for the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award (commonly referred to as the “Freedom Award”).


The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the DoD to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members. On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, ESGR organizes the annual award program, which has presented the honor to 220 employers since 1996.  Each year, up to 15 awards are presented to employers in the three categories – large (500 or more employees), small (fewer than 500 employees), and public sector.


This year’s finalist group is comprised of 11 large employers, 10 small employers, and 9 public sector employers.

Alaska Airlines Alaska
QUALCOMM Incorporated California
Pneudraulics, Inc. California
Office of the District Attorney, Eighteenth Judicial District Colorado
Accordia Urgent Care & Family Practice Georgia
Idaho State Police Idaho
Prairie Grove Consolidated School District 46 Illinois
Lexmark International Kentucky
Entergy Corp. Louisiana
Clark Construction Group, LLC. Maryland
Maryland State Police Maryland
Delmarva Veteran Builders Maryland
Centralia Police Department Missouri
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Missouri
Nebraska State Patrol Nebraska
Albuquerque Police Department New Mexico
Lowe's North Carolina
Carolinas Healthcare System North Carolina
Tactegra North Carolina
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Ohio
Burford Corp Oklahoma
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Oregon
Comcast Pennsylvania
Hope Valley Industries Rhode Island
Iberdrola Renewables - Buffalo Ridge II Wind Farm South Dakota
Young Touchstone Tennessee
FASTSIGNS International, Inc. Texas
T-Mobile US Washington
Seattle Fire Department Washington
Mesa Natural Gas Solutions Wyoming