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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                           CONTACT:  Maj. Tim Lundberg

March 1, 2018                                                                                                                                   (571) 372-0703

                                     2018 SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FREEDOM AWARD SEMIFINALISTS NAMED

One hundred forty-nine semifinalists selected from more than 2,350 nominations

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve state committees selected 149 nominees for the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. A thorough vetting process, from the more than 2,350 nominations submitted by Guardsmen and Reservists, determined the semifinalists.

These semifinalists are from both large and small employers, as well as government organizations, representing numerous industries across the United States. ESGR received nominations for employers in all 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.

Check out the complete list of semifinalists below or at

An ESGR national review board will select and announce the 30 finalists by March 30.

History of the Freedom Award:

- The Freedom Award began in 1996 by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to draw attention to support from the employer community. 

- To date, only 250 employers have received the award. 

- More than 19,000 nominations received since 2011.

For more information about the Freedom Award and this year’s recipients, visit To learn more about ESGR, visit

Here are this year’s semifinalists listed alphabetically by state:

Employer State                 Employer Category         Employer Name

Alabama                              Public Sector                      City of Birmingham (Birmingham Police)

Alabama                              Small Business                   Ethic Tech, LLC

Alabama                              Large Business                  SCI Technology, Inc.

Alaska                                   Public Sector                      Department of Corrections (State of Alaska)

Arizona                                 Small Business                   Angel Medflight

Arizona                                 Public Sector                      Phoenix Fire Department

Arizona                                 Large Business                  Republic Services

Arkansas                              Large Business                  J.B. HUNT

Arkansas                              Small Business                   Littlefield Oil

Arkansas                              Public Sector                      North Little Rock Police Department

California                             Small Business                   Consolidated Contracting Services, Inc.

California                             Large Business                  Genentech, Inc.

California                             Large Business                  Qualcomm Technologies

California                             Public Sector                      Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Colorado                              Large Business                  Coalfire

Colorado                              Public Sector                      Defense Contract Management Agency

Colorado                              Small Business                   Delta Solutions and Strategies

Connecticut                        Public Sector                      Portland High School

Delaware                             Small Business                   EDIS Company

Delaware                             Public Sector                      New Castle County, Department of Special Services

Delaware                             Large Business                 W. L. Gore & Associates, Incorporated

Delaware                             Public Sector                      Wilmington Police Department

District of Columbia         Public Sector                      National Security Division - U.S. Department of Justice

District of Columbia         Large Business                  PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Florida                                  Small Business                   Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC

Florida                                  Large Business                  Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.

Florida                                  Large Business                  G4S Secure Solutions

Georgia                                                Public Sector                      Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

Georgia                                                Large Business                  Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

Georgia                                                Small Business                   Woodstone Cabinetry

Guam                                    Small Business                   Docomo Pacific Inc.

Guam                                    Large Business                  DZSP21

Guam                                    Public Sector                      Guam Army National Guard

Hawaii                                   Large Business                  Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & IMF

Idaho                                    Small Business                   Wright Brothers, The Building Company

Illinois                                   Large Business                  Astellas Pharma Inc.

Illinois                                   Small Business                   Aux Sable Liquid Products

Illinois                                   Large Business                  Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Illinois                                   Public Sector                      Village of Roselle Police Department

Indiana                                 Small Business                   AME Swiss Machining LLC

Indiana                                 Large Business                 Benchmark Human Services

Indiana                                 Public Sector                      Customs and Border Protection Agency

Iowa                                      Small Business                   Crystal Group Inc.

Iowa                                      Large Business                  Rockwell Collins

Iowa                                      Small Business                   St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Kansas                                  Public Sector                      Ellsworth Correctional Facility

Kentucky                             Large Business                  LG&E and KU Energy

Kentucky                             Public Sector                      Northern Kentucky University

Kentucky                             Small Business                   Peters Electric Inc.

Louisiana                             Public Sector                      Covington Police Department

Louisiana                             Large Business                  ExxonMobil - Baton Rouge Area

Louisiana                             Small Business                   Richardson Medical Center

Maine                                   Public Sector                      Bangor School Department

Maine                                   Large Business                  MaineGeneral Medical Center

Maine                                   Small Business                   Vigilance Software

Maryland                             Small Business                   Cambridge Flight Support

Maryland                             Large Business                  KeyW Corporation

Maryland                             Public Sector                      Wicomico County Sheriff's Office

Massachusetts                  Large Business                  Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Massachusetts                  Small Business                   Red Oak Sourcing, LLC

Massachusetts                  Public Sector                      Worcester Police Department

Michigan                              Public Sector                      Michigan Department of Corrections

Michigan                              Large Business                  Whirlpool Corporation

Michigan                              Small Business                   Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ

Minnesota                          Large Business                  Ecolab

Minnesota                          Public Sector                      Minnesota Department of Transportation

Minnesota                          Public Sector                      Minnesota State College Southeast

Minnesota                          Small Business                   PaR Systems, LLC

Mississippi                          Small Business                   Air Comm, LLC

Mississippi                          Large Business                  Anderson Regional Hospital

Missouri                               Small Business                   Big Sky Advisors

Missouri                               Large Business                  BJC Healthcare

Missouri                               Public Sector                      City of Kansas City Missouri

Nebraska                             Public Sector                      Imperial Police Department

Nebraska                             Large Business                  Mutual of Omaha

Nebraska                             Public Sector                      Nebraska City Police Department

Nebraska                             Large Business                  Werner Enterprises

Nevada                                Small Business                   Battlefield Vegas

Nevada                                Large Business                  Bently Nevada Division of Baker Hughes, a GE Company

Nevada                                Public Sector                      State of Nevada

New Hampshire                               Large Business                  Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

New Jersey                        Public Sector                      Borough of Paramus

New Jersey                        Large Business                  Hackensack Meridian Health

New Jersey                        Large Business                  Prudential Financial Inc.

New Mexico                      Small Business                   Bauman, Dow & Stambaugh PC

New Mexico                      Large Business                  Los Alamos National Security, LLC

New Mexico                      Large Business                  T-Mobile USA Inc.

New York                            Large Business                  Barclays

New York                            Small Business                   Bio-Optronics, Inc.

New York                            Public Sector                      Lewiston Police Department

North Carolina                   Large Business                  Duke Energy

North Carolina                   Small Business                   FMI Corp

North Carolina                   Public Sector                      Stokes County Schools

North Dakota                     Large Business                  Sanford Health

Ohio                                      Public Sector                      Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

Oklahoma                           Large Business                  Chickasaw Nation

Oklahoma                           Small Business                   Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma, LLC

Oklahoma                           Public Sector                      University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Oregon                                 Public Sector                      Florence Police Department

Oregon                                 Large Business                  Nike, Inc.

Oregon                                 Public Sector                      Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue

Pennsylvania                     Small Business                   Greencastle Associates Consulting

Pennsylvania                     Public Sector                      Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania                     Large Business                  TE Connectivity

Puerto Rico                         Large Business                  Costco Wholesale

Puerto Rico                         Large Business                  DXC Technology

Puerto Rico                         Public Sector                      National Park Service

Rhode Island                      Public Sector                      Cumberland Police Department

Rhode Island                      Large Business                  National Grid

Rhode Island                      Small Business                   Operation Stand Down Rhode Island

South Carolina                   Public Sector                      Charleston County Sheriff's Office

South Carolina                   Small Business                   OOBE Apparel Design Group

South Carolina                   Large Business                  Trane of Ingersoll Rand

South Dakota                     Small Business                   RENEW Energy, Inc.

Tennessee                          Large Business                  Backer-Springfield

Tennessee                          Public Sector                      Consolidated Utility District

Tennessee                          Small Business                   Cummings Signs, Inc.

Tennessee                          Public Sector                      Dunlap Police Department

Tennessee                          Small Business                   Saratoga Technologies, Inc.

Texas                                    Small Business                   Delta Risk, LLC

Texas                                    Large Business                  Shell Oil Company

Texas                                    Public Sector                      Texas Department of Insurance

Utah                                      Public Sector                      West Valley City

Vermont                              Small Business                   Rescue Inc.

Vermont                              Public Sector                      University of Vermont 

Vermont                              Large Business                  UVM Medical Center

Virgin Islands                     Public Sector                      Department of Education

Virgin Islands                     Small Business                   Diageo USVI

Virgin Islands                     Small Business                   Pinnacle Services, LLC

Virgin Islands                     Public Sector                      Virgin Islands Department of Health

Virginia                                 Small Business                   Eiden Systems Corporation

Virginia                                 Public Sector                      Federal Air Marshal Service

Virginia                                 Large Business                  Hilton Hotel Corp

Virginia                                 Large Business                  Rolls-Royce North American Inc.

Washington                        Large Business                  Amazon

Washington                        Small Business                   Argentech Solutions

Washington                        Small Business                   Aseptco, Inc.

Washington                        Public Sector                      Central Washington University

Washington                        Large Business                  TEKsystems

Washington                        Public Sector                      WSDOT - AWV Mega-projects

West Virginia                     Public Sector                      Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office

West Virginia                     Small Business                   Rubberlite, Inc.

West Virginia                     Public Sector                      South Charleston Police Department

West Virginia                     Large Business                  Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia

Wisconsin                            Large Business                  CUNA Mutual Group

Wisconsin                            Large Business                  Direct Supply

Wisconsin                            Small Business                   GlobalSource Information Technology

Wisconsin                            Public Sector                      Vilas County Sheriff's Department

Wyoming                             Public Sector                      Laramie County Community College