Department of Defense Announces 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

Department of Defense Announces 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

Department of Defense Announces 15 Recipients of2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award   WASHINGTON –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced today 15 recipients of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor DoD gives to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.  "I'm honored to announce the recipients of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award," said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. "Guardsmen and Reservists across the nation rely on strong bonds with their civilian employers. By recognizing these 15 exceptional employers, the Department of Defense celebrates the contributions made by American employers to our Citizen Warriors. I commend these extraordinary employers for their unwavering commitment to service members and their families." The 2014 Freedom Award recipients below will be honored at a ceremony in the Pentagon Sept. 26: EmployerLocationNominator’s Branch Of ServiceArizona Public ServicePhoenix, ArizonaArmy ReserveAT&TDallas, TexasCoast Guard ReserveCapital OneMcLean, VirginiaArmy National GuardCH2M-WG IdahoIdaho Falls, IdahoNavy ReserveGeneral Mills, Inc.Golden Valley, MinnesotaArmy National GuardJ.G. Management Systems, Inc.Grand Junction, ColoradoAir Force ReserveLos Angeles Fire DepartmentLos Angeles, CaliforniaNavy ReserveN.H. Department of Environmental ServicesConcord, New HampshireArmy National GuardPNC BankPittsburgh, PennsylvaniaArmy National GuardShofner Vision CenterNashville, TennesseeAir Force ReserveSt. Jude Children’s Research HospitalMemphis, TennesseeArmy ReserveTriumph Pharmaceuticals Inc.St. Louis, MissouriArmy National GuardUNC Health CareChapel Hill, North CarolinaNavy ReserveWashoe County School DistrictReno, NevadaAir National GuardZions BankSalt Lake City, UtahArmy National Guard     The 2014 recipients were selected from 2,864 nominations received from Guardsmen and Reservists for going far beyond what the federal law requires to support their military employees. Last year, recipients met with President Barack Obama and senior Defense Department leaders as part of the award recognition.For more information about the Freedom Award and this year’s recipients, visit www.FreedomAward.mil under the Media Tab in the Press Releases section. The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of ESGR to recognize exceptional support from the employer community. In the years since, 190 employers have been honored with the award. To learn more about ESGR, visit www.ESGR.mil.  For questions or interviews regarding the Freedom Award, contact Beth Sherman, ESGR Public Affairs, at [email protected] or by phone at 571-372-0705.