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WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2024 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The finalists include small and large private and public sector employers nominated by a National Guard or Reserve Component employee employed in their organization.

ESGR received 1,758 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout the 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and District of Columbia.

“I am honored to congratulate these 30 outstanding employers, who have distinguished themselves by strong support of their Reserve Component employees,” said Ron Bogle, ESGR’s National Chair. “Employers play a critical role in the readiness, retention and success of our National Guard and Reserve forces, and by valuing and supporting their employees’ military service, they are making a direct contribution to our Nation’s security.”

The Employer Support Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the Department of Defense to employers for their exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve members. The Freedom Award began in 1996 under the auspices of ESGR to recognize exceptional employer support, with only 340 honorees to date. For more information about the Freedom Award, visit

The Department of Defense will announce the 15 employers selected to receive the 2024 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award early this summer. The awards will be presented in August at the Pentagon.

Here are this year’s Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award finalists:
Bartlett Roofing Boise, Idaho Army National Guard

BDV Solutions Lyman, South Carolina Army Reserve

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Eagan, Minnesota Air Force Reserve

Brion Insurance Agency Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Army National Guard

Clark County Fire Department Las Vegas, Nevada Army Reserve

Cooper University Health Care Camden, New Jersey Air National Guard

Cordia Phoenix, Arizona Air National Guard

Core States Group Bentonville, Arkansas Army National Guard

Council Bluffs Fire Department Council Bluffs, Iowa Army Reserve

Freeport-McMoRan Green Valley, Arizona Army National Guard

Fulton Bank Lancaster, Pennsylvania Army National Guard

Kiewit Infrastructure Co. Lone Tree, Colorado Army Reserve

Kimberly-Clark Corp. Neenah, Wisconsin Army National Guard

League of Minnesota Cities St. Paul, Minnesota Air National Guard

Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac, Wisconsin Air National Guard

Navy Federal Credit Union Vienna, Virginia Air Force Reserve

Office of the Attorney General of Texas Austin, Texas Navy Reserve

Orange County Sheriff's Office Orlando, Florida Coast Guard Reserve

Penney OpCo LLC Plano, Texas Army National Guard

PSA Management, Inc, Orlando, Florida Army Reserve

Ramsey Solutions Franklin, Tennessee USMC Reserve

SAS Institute, Inc. Cary, North Carolina Army Reserve

Shelby County Fire Department Memphis, Tennessee Army Reserve

Sherpa 6 Inc. Littleton, Colorado Army Reserve

Significance Inc. Annapolis, Maryland Army Reserve

Springfield Fire Department Springfield, Missouri Navy Reserve

The Eyak Corporation Anchorage, Alaska Army Reserves

Tucson Electric Power Tucson, Arizona USMC Reserve

Vision Academy Charter School East Lansdowne, Pennsylvania Army National Guard

Vortex Optics Barneveld, Wisconsin Navy Reserve

About ESGR
ESGR is a Department of Defense office that develops and promotes supportive work environments for Service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. It also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between Service members and their employers. To learn more about ESGR, visit


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