Freedom Award Finalists Named

WASHINGTON ­– Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The finalists represent large and small employers, as well as government organizations. ESGR received nominations for employers in all 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. 

The ESGR National Selection Board will select and announce the 15 recipients of the 2018 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award by mid-June.  

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

Employer Name State Nominator’s Service
Amazon Wash. Army Reserve
AME Swiss Machining LLC Ind. Air National Guard
ArgenTech Solutions, Inc. Wash. Army Reserve
Barclays N.Y. Army National Guard
Big Sky Advisors Mo. Air National Guard
Central Washington University Wash. Army National Guard
Crystal Group Inc. Iowa Army National Guard
CUNA Mutual Group Wis. Army Reserve
Duke Energy N.C. Marine Corps Reserve
Dunlap Police Department Tenn. Army National Guard
Ecolab, Inc. Minn. Army National Guard
Ellsworth Correctional Facility. Kan. Army Reserve
FMI Corporation N.C. Air Force Reserve
Greencastle Associates Consulting Company Pa. Army National Guard
LG&E and KU Energy Ky. Army National Guard
Michigan Department of Corrections Mich. Army Reserve
Minnesota Department of Transportation Minn. Army National Guard
National Grid R.I. Army National Guard
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Ohio Army National Guard
Prudential Financial Inc. N.J. Air National Guard
Sacramento Municipal Utility District Calif. Navy Reserve
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Pa. Army Reserve
South Charleston Police Department W.V. Army Reserve
State of Nevada Nev. Air National Guard
Stokes County Schools N.C. Army Reserve
Texas Department of Insurance Texas Army Reserve
Werner Enterprises, Inc. Neb. Air National Guard
West Valley City Utah Air Force Reserve
Wicomico County Sheriff's Office Md. Army National Guard
Worcester Police Department Mass. Army National Guard


The complete list is also at and

History of the Freedom Award: 

- The Freedom Award began in 1996 by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to draw attention to support from the employer community. 

- To date, only 250 employers have received the award.  

For more information about the Freedom Award and this year’s recipients, visit To learn more about ESGR, visit