The following 15 employers have been named recipients of the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award is the highest honor given to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.
“It is my pleasure to recognize these 15 outstanding civilian employers,” said Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis. “Our National Guard and Reserve members are a vital part of our defense strategy and deserve as much support as this country can provide. These 15 employers lead the way in providing that. We are grateful to them for their role in helping to keep our nation safe and secure.”
The Freedom Award recipients will be honored Aug. 24.
The 2018 recipients were selected from more than 2,350 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 250 honorees to date.
For more information about the Freedom Award and this year’s recipients, visit www.FreedomAward.mil. To learn more about ESGR, part of the Defense Personnel and Family Support Center, visit www.ESGR.mil.
Nominated by: Lt. Col. Tamara Thieman
AME Swiss Machining LLC
Nominated by: Tech. Sgt. Jasmine Snyder
ArgenTech Solutions, Inc.
Newmarket, New Hampshire
Nominated by: Capt. Jay Lorentz
Big Sky Advisors
St. Louis, Missouri
Nominated by: 2nd Lt. Anthony Rich
Crystal Group, Inc.
Nominated by: Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Kuehl
Charlotte, North Carolina
Nominated by: Maj. Samuel Johnson
Dunlap Police Department
Nominated by: Spc. Robert Raber
Raleigh, North Carolina
Nominated by: Maj. Jason Snyder
Greencastle Associates Consulting, LLC
Nominated by: Maj. Troy Beane
Minnesota Department of Transportation
St. Paul, Minnesota
Nominated by: Capt. Terry Melcher
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
Nominated by: Col. Gary Clark
South Charleston Police Department
South Charleston, West Virginia
Nominated by: Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Ellis
Texas Department of Insurance
Nominated by: Lt. Col. Kyson Johnson
Werner Enterprises, Inc.
Nominated by: Capt. Adam Cassidy
Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office
Nominated by: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Scott Hamilton