DoD Recognizes Top Employers For Military Support

ESGR Reports: 15 Exceptional Employers Receive Freedom Award, DoD's Highest Honor

Aug 25, 2015, 15:44 ET from ESGR

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Defense recognized this year's 15 recipients of the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award during a Pentagon ceremony Friday. The Freedom Award is the highest honor the department gives to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work lauded the recipients for their support, saying their sacrifices helped make the military contributions by members of the National Guard and Reserve possible.

"These extraordinary contributions that [Guardsmen and Reservists] have provided could not have been made without the extraordinary support from the group of civilians and citizens, business leaders and employers, who have really allowed them to not be worried about coming back to a job."

Earlier Friday, the department unveiled a permanent display at the Pentagon honoring all past and present recipients of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

The 2015 Freedom Award recipients included:



Nominator's Branch of Service

Black Hills Corporation

Rapid City, SD

Army National Guard

Boise Fire Department

Boise, ID

Marine Corps Reserve

BP America, Inc.

Houston, TX

Army National Guard

Cardinal Health

Dublin, OH

Army National Guard


Bloomfield, CT

Air National Guard

City of Glendale

Glendale, AZ

Navy Reserve

City of Shawnee

Shawnee, KS

Army Reserve

College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, MO

Army National Guard

CVS Health

Woonsocket, RI

Air National Guard

Devon Energy

Oklahoma City, OK

Air National Guard

Dr. Joe A. Jackson, MD, PLLC

Biloxi, MS

Army National Guard

Neil, Dymott, Frank, McFall, Trexler, McCabe & Hudson APLC

San Diego, CA

Navy Reserve

Snell & Wilmer LLP

Phoenix, AZ

Marine Corps Reserve

Town of Hingham

Hingham, MA

Navy Reserve

Walt Disney Company

Burbank, CA

Air National Guard

The 2015 recipients were selected from 2,960 nominations received from Guardsmen and Reservists for going far beyond what the Federal law requires to support their military employees.  The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to recognize exceptional support from the employer community. In the years since, 205 employers have been honored with the award.

To view the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Awards Ceremony, visit

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

For questions or interviews regarding the Freedom Award, contact ESGR Public Affairs, at or by phone at (571) 372-0692.

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