President Declares Aug. 16-22 Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week

15 Employers to Receive Secretary of Defense Award During Proclamation Week

Aug 17, 2015, 13:30 ET from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ President Barack Obama signed a proclamation declaring Aug. 16 – 22 National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week. The week will include a series of activities that culminate with the 20th annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Friday. 

"As a Nation, let us join together to thank our Guardsmen and Reservists, as well as their employers -- who know the value service brings to the workplace, who see service members as an essential part of their teams, and whose support is vital to the readiness and strength of the greatest fighting force on Earth," declared the President.

Underscoring the notion that we can all support those who serve, in his proclamation the President stated, "Around our country, communities and business leaders have recognized that they too can help America meet its obligations to the women and men of the Guard and Reserve by providing workplace flexibility and opportunities for advancement in their civilian careers. As Commander in Chief, I am grateful to our employers and business leaders who go above and beyond to ease the burden on those who serve, and I encourage all Americans to join in their efforts."

Friday's ceremony will formally recognize 15 employers that have been named recipients of the 2015 Freedom Award. The master of ceremonies will be Leon Harris, Emmy Award-winning news anchor for WJLA Channel 7. Country music artist Mark Wills, a dedicated supporter of our nation's military, will perform at the ceremony.

The ceremony will be available for live stream Friday at 1:30p.m.: .  

Presidential Proclamation:

The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of ESGR and is the Department of Defense's highest honor for employer support of National Guard and Reserve employees. To learn more about this year's Freedom Award recipients, visit: .

(571) 372-0692;

SOURCE Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve