Thursday, September 30, 2021

WASHINGTON – Do you have a story to tell about how exceptional your employer’s support is to Guard and Reserve service members?  If your employer goes above and beyond in their support for Guardsmen or Reservists, nominate them for the 2022 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense announced the 15 recipients of the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.   “It is an honor to recognize these 15 exemplary civilian employers,” said Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. “The strength of our military and the success of our defense strategy depends on the readiness of our National Guard and Reserve members. These dedicated citizen warriors could not accomplish their missions without employers who understand and support their military service. We are grateful to these organizations for their role in keeping our nation safe and for setting the standard for all employers of Guard and Reserve members.”   The Freedom Award recipients below will be honored Aug. 23 at a Pentagon ceremony:   Employer Name City, State Archer Daniels Midland Chicago, Illinois Barclays New York, New York Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC Columbia, South Carolina Chevron San Ramon, California Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Lebanon, Tennessee Delta Solutions & Strategies, LLC Colorado Springs, Colorado Direct Supply, Inc. Milwaukee, Wisconsin Eversource Energy Harford, Connecticut and Boston, Massachusetts Houston Police Department Houston, Texas Kauai Auto Repair Kalaheo, Hawaii Levi Rodgers Real Estate Group @ RE/MAX Military City   San Antonio, Texas LG&E and KU Energy, LLC Louisville, Kentucky Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Columbus, Ohio The Steel Network Durham, North Carolina West Valley City West Valley City, Utah   The 2019 recipients were selected from 2,415 nominations received from Guardsmen and Reservists highlighting how their civilian employers went far beyond what the federal law requires to support them. The Freedom Award began in 1996 under the auspices of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to recognize exceptional employer support, with 265 honorees to date.   For more information about the Freedom Award, visit To learn more about ESGR, part of the Defense Personnel and Family Support Center, visit   About ESGR   ESGR is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work...

Friday, March 15, 2019

30 finalists selected from more than 2,400 nominations.