Department of Defense Announces 2020 Employer Support Freedom Award Finalists

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. 

The Employer Support Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the Department of Defense to employers for their exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve members. On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, ESGR runs the annual award program, which has presented the honor to only 280 employers since 1996.

The Department of Defense will announce the 15 employers selected to receive the 2020 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award by mid-June. The recipients will be honored in a ceremony at the Pentagon August 28.  

Here are this year’s Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award finalists:



Employer City, State

Nominator’s Service, State

Accenture, LLP

New York, New York

Army Reserve, Texas

AlixPartners, LLP

Southfield, Michigan

Navy Reserve, South Carolina

American Water

Camden, New Jersey

Army Reserve, New Jersey


West Des Moines, Iowa

Army National Guard, Iowa

Battlefield Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Army National Guard, Nevada

Boston Consulting Group

Boston, Massachusetts

Air National Guard, Massachusetts

CACI International Inc

Arlington, Virginia

Army Reserve, Colorado

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Omaha, Nebraska

Army Reserve, Nebraska

City of Prescott Fire Department

Prescott, Arizona

Army National Guard, Arizona

CUNA Mutual Group

Madison, Wisconsin

Army Reserve, North Carolina

Ecolab Inc.

St. Paul, Minnesota

Army National Guard, Minnesota

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.

McLean, Virginia

Army Reserve, Virginia

King County

Seattle, Washington

Air Force Reserve, Washington

League of Minnesota Cities

St. Paul, Minnesota

Army Reserve, Minnesota

Lexmark International Inc.

Lexington, Kentucky

Army National Guard, Kentucky


Hollywood, California

Marine Corps Reserve, California

National Grid

Providence, Rhode Island

Army National Guard, Rhode Island

Nike, Inc.

Beaverton, Oregon

Army National Guard, Oregon

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Middletown, Pennsylvania

Air National Guard, Pennsylvania

QTS Realty Trust Inc.

Overland Park, Kansas

Air Force Reserve, Kansas

Qualcomm Incorporated

San Diego, California

Navy Reserve, California

Sanford Health

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Army National Guard, South Dakota

Shell Oil Company

Houston, Texas

Marine Corps Reserve, Texas

Southcentral Foundation

Anchorage, Alaska

Air National Guard, Alaska

The Coca-Cola Company

Atlanta, Georgia

Army Reserve, Georgia

The Independence Fund

Charlotte, North Carolina

Marine Corps Reserve, North Carolina

University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Air Force Reserve, Pennsylvania

Veterans United Home Loans

Columbia, Missouri

Air National Guard, Missouri

Worcester Police Department

Worcester, Massachusetts

Air National Guard, Massachusetts

Zlimen & McGuiness, PLLC

St. Paul, Minnesota

Army Reserve, Minnesota

 The complete list is also at

 About ESGR

 ESGR is a Department of Defense program 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.