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2015 Freedom Award Nominations from Pennsylvania

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announces 107 Pennsylvania employers of Guard and Reserve employees have been nominated for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award (commonly referred to as the “Freedom Award”).

The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the DoD to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members. On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, ESGR runs the annual award program, which has presented the honor to 205 employers since 1996.

Almost half of the U.S. military is made up of National Guard and Reserve members, many of whom also hold jobs with civilian employers. The Freedom Award recognizes those employers that provide the most outstanding support for these Citizen Warriors. Up to 15 employers will be selected for this year’s award and honored at the Pentagon in an official ceremony in August.

Nominations for the Freedom Award must come from a Guard or Reserve member who is employed by the organization they are nominating, or from a family member. This year’s nominees (complete list available at  ) represent large and small employers from almost every industry, including health, transportation, hospitality, entertainment, banking, service and security (just to name a few), as well as from state and local governments. ESGR received nominations for employers in all 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.

Semifinalists and finalists will be announced in sequence throughout the coming months with the recipients being announced in late June. Updates, press releases and a complete list of the 2,960 nominees can be found at

2015 Freedom Award Nominations from Pennsylvania:

84 Lumber Company Store # 0201

Allegheny County Airport Authority

Allegheny County Sheriffs Office


BAE Systems

Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.

Blair County 911

Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney PC

Carnegie Mellon University

Child Guidance Resource Center

City of Erie

City of Reading

Comcast / NBC Universal*

Comcast Cable

Commonwealth Health Emergency Medical Services

Consol Energy

Consolidated Construction Products, Inc.

Defense Contract Management Agency - Quality Bucks County Team

Delaware County Community College

Federal Air Marshal Service -PHL Field Office

Doylestown Hospital

Eccotrol LLC

Einstein Healthcare Network

El Mariachi Restaurant

Federal Bureau of Investigation*

FMC Technologies

Forward Maintance Shop #2 PAARNG

Ft. Worth Pipe Services, LP - DuBois

Ft. Indiantown Gap Police Department

Garden Spot High School

Geisinger Medical Center

Genesis Healthcare

German Township

Giant Eagle Grocery Store

Greencastle Associates Consulting*

Guardian Protection Services

Harrisburg Bureau of Fire (Harrisburg City)

Healthcare Services Group, Inc.

H. J. Heinz Company, L.P.

Immigration Custom and Enforcement

J.L. Hollinger & Sons Inc.

KML Law Group, P.C.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Letterkenny Army Depot (DOD)

Liberty Mutual

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital

Martins Run Senior Living Center

Masthope Mountain Community

Millersburg Area School District

Mine Safety Appliances Company

Modern Group LTD

National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Department of Energy

New Jersey Transit

None Such Farm, Inc.

North Penn School District

Office Depot Distribution Center

Office of Physical Plant - Pennsylvania State University

Penn State Applied Research Laboratory*

Pennsylvania American Water

Pennsylvania- Dept. of Corrections

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

Pennsylvania National Guard - Human Resource Department

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

Penske Truck Leasing

Philadelphia Energy Solutions

Philadelphia Parking Authority

PPL Electric Utilities

ROC Service Company

Sap America Inc.

SAS Retail / Ahold USA

Senate of PA-Office of Senator Mike Folmer


Philadelphia Sheriff's Office

Siemens USA, Inc.

St. Gabriel School

St. James Place

State Farm

Sweat Fitness

TE Connectivity

Teletracking Technologies

The Bible Chapel

The H&K Group Engineering and Environmental Division

The Hana Group, Inc.

The Home Depot - Store #4149

Thomas Jefferson University of Hospital

Titusville Fabricators, INC

Travelers Insurance

Triple Crown Corporation

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

United Sates Postal Service - Union City

United States Postal Service - Marcus Hook

UPMC - Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

UPMC Mercy

Upper Providence Township Police Department

Valley Tire

Veterans Leadership Program

Warminster Township Police Department

Weis Markets Inc.

Wellspan Health System

Westminster Theological Seminary

York Wallcoverings

YYCS Technical Architects

Zippo Manufacturing

*Denotes employer received more than one nomination