Friday, July 4, 2008

DOD Honors Employers For Guard, Reserve Support

The Defense Department has announced the 2008 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award recipients. The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the federal government to employers for their outstanding support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

The 2008 recipients announced Monday are: Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Durant, Okla.; Chrysler Motors, LLC, Auburn Hills, Mich.; City of Austin, Texas; Coastal Windows, Inc., Waipahu, Hawaii; Dominion Resources, Inc., Richmond, Va.; Jersey City Fire Department, Jersey City, N.J.; Lochinvar Corporation, Lebanon, Tenn.; Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Pontiac, Mich.; Oshkosh Corporation, Oshkosh, Wis.; Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority, Reno, Nev.; Robinson Transport, Inc., Salina, Utah; State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., Bloomington, Ill.; Union Pacific Corporation, Omaha, Neb.; Winner School District, Winner, S.D.; and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, Winston-Salem, N.C.

A record 2,199 National Guard and Reserve members or their family members nominated their employers for the award. A national selection board comprised of senior defense officials and business leaders made the selections.

The Freedom Awards will be presented during a ceremony Sept. 18 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Defense Department agency established in 1972 to gain and maintain the support of employers of men and women in the reserve component. It also works to raise awareness of the laws that protect employees while they serve their country in uniform. The Freedom Award was created in 1996 to recognize exceptional support from employers.

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