WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, announces 2,424 employers of Guard and Reserve employees have been nominated for the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award (commonly referred to as the "Freedom Award").
The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the DoD to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members. On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, ESGR organizes the annual award program, which has presented the honor to 220 employers since 1996.
Almost half of the U.S. military is made up of National Guard and Reserve members, many of whom also hold jobs with civilian employers. The Freedom Award recognizes those employers that provide the most outstanding support for these Citizen Warriors. Up to 15 employers will be selected for this year's award and honored at the Pentagon in an official ceremony in August.
ESGR received nominations for employers in all 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. Semi-finalists and finalists will be announced in sequence throughout the coming months with the recipients being announced in late June. Updates, press releases and a complete list of the 2,424 nominees can be found at http://www.freedomaward.mil/media/press-releases/itemid/724/2016-freedom-award-nominees.