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Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award recipients named
15 exceptional employers recognized for top Defense Department honor
"These 15 employers have distinguished themselves through their outstanding support of our Guard and Reserve members and their families," said Defense Secretary Ash Carter. "Without the unfaltering support of employers like them, the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve would not be able to fulfill their vital roles in our National Security Strategy. It is a great honor for me to recognize these employers, and I congratulate them on their receipt of the Employer Support Freedom Award."
The following 2016 Freedom Award recipients will be honored at a ceremony at the Pentagon Aug. 26: Alaska Airlines (Anchorage, AK); Albuquerque Police Department (Albuquerque, NM), Benjamin Franklin Plumbing (Springfield, MO); Burford Corporation (Maysville, OK); Carolinas Healthcare System (Charlotte, NC); Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (Oregon City, OR); Delmarva Veteran Builders (Salisbury, MD); FASTSIGNS International, Inc. (Carrollton, TX); Hope Valley Industries (North Kingstown, RI); Idaho State Police (Meridian, ID); Lowe's (Mooresville, NC); Maryland State Police (Pikesville, MD); Prairie Grove Consolidated School District 46 (Crystal Lake, IL); Seattle Fire Department (Seattle, WA); The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (Arkon, OH).
The 2016 recipients were selected from 2,424 nominations received from Guardsmen and Reservists. The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of ESGR to recognize exceptional support from the employer community. In the years since, 220 employers have been honored with the award.
For more information on the 2016 Freedom Award program, contact Maj. S.J. Brown at (571) 372-0692 or visit www.freedomaward.mil. For more information on ESGR, visit www.esgr.mil.
MAJ Chris Mitchell