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The Department of Defense has announced the 2007 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award recipients. The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given to employers for their support of their employees who also serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
President Bush Salutes Employers
President President Bush has signed a federal proclamation declaring Sept. 9-15 as National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week for 2007. “During National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week, we recognize the vital contributions of the brave men and women who serve our great nation, and we pay tribute to the employers who support them,” the commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces stated in the proclamation. Story
Gates Hails Employers for Support
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised a select group of civilian employers today for their exemplary support of employees in the National Guard and reserves. Story
Gantt’s Excavating and Contracting
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2007 – The contributions of a West Virginia excavating company helped lighten the load -- literally -- for a deploying Army National Guard aviation unit. Story
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2007 – Turbocam International’s support of its deployed employees with technology to use in the field and a special supply fund has earned the company a place of honor alongside 14 other organizations being recognized with Secretary of Defense Employer Freedom Awards. Story
Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2007 – Marine reservist Cpl. Blake Milam says his civilian employer, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, has gone the extra mile to make him feel good about his military service. Story
Augustine and Sons, Inc.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2007 – Although Jessica Strasser’s husband is now deployed to Afghanistan with his Iowa Army National Guard unit, she says life on the farm is immeasurably easier thanks to his employer. Story
State of Tennessee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2007 – “The Volunteer State” is slated to receive the Defense Department’s top award next week for supporting Tennessee state employees who volunteer to serve in the National Guard and reserves. Story
CHE Consulting
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2007 – Mississippi National Guardsman Larry Key said he feels like “part of a big family” in his civilian job at CHE Consulting. Story
Sodexho USA
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2007 – Army Staff Sgt. Lance Vaughan wasn’t surprised when his company, Sodexho USA, stood behind him when he was called to active duty in the Florida National Guard shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, to protect ports in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Story
New Hampshire State Police
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2007 – The New Hampshire State Police will receive the Defense Department's top employer-support award for the exceptional financial and emotional support it provides law enforcement officers who deploy as National Guard or reserve members. Story
Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2007 – When Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Timothy Stoeckle deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004, he never heard a word from his employer. He now works for the Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Delaware. The difference, he said, has been like night and day. Story
General Motors
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2007 – The Defense Department is recognizing General Motors for its procedures and policies to support its mobilized reserve component employees. Story
Nucor Corporation
WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2007 – The Defense Department is recognizing a Charlotte, N.C.-based steel producer with plants all over the United States for its exemplary support of an employee who serves in the National Guard. Story
Ultra Machining Company
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2007 – When one of its employees was deployed to Iraq for National Guard duty, the Ultra Machining Company reached out to take care of him and his family while he was gone. Those efforts have earned the Monticello, Minn., company a top Defense Department award.  Story
Creative Healthcare Solutions
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2007 – On Sept. 12, defense officials will present Freedom Awards to 15 outstanding employers. Here is how one of the recipients -- Creative Healthcare Solutions of Scottsdale, Ariz. -- went above and beyond to support a member of the Army Reserve. Story
Con-Way Inc.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2007 – Indiana National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Michael S. McAllister is so impressed with the support provided by his employer, Con-way Inc., that he recommended that it receive a prestigious Defense Department award. Story
Sierra Pacific Resources
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2007 – Nevada Air National Guard commander Brig. Gen. Robert V. Fitch said he couldn’t perform his military job -- sometimes requiring weeks of overseas travel -- without the superb support he receives from his civilian employer, Sierra Pacific Resources. Story
 Related Links
National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
2006 ESGR Award Recipients