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135 Employers selected from 2,415 nominations for 2019 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) program, has identified 135 employers as semifinalists for the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, commonly referred to as the Freedom Award.

The Freedom Award is the highest recognition presented by the DoD to employers who provide the most outstanding support for National Guard and Reserve Members. ESGR runs the program on behalf of the Secretary of Defense, and since its inception in 1996, 265 employers have earned this prestigious honor.

The ESGR state committees selected the semifinalists from 2,415 submissions by service members and they will be narrowed down to 30 finalists. The ESGR National Selection Board, comprised of senior DoD officials, representatives from the Reserve Components, employer associations and past recipients will select up to 15 employers who will receive the Freedom Award in a ceremony at the Pentagon in August. The semifinalists represent large and small employers from almost every industry and the public sector across 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.

Below is an alphabetical list of the semifinalists. 

The complete list of nominees will be available at March 8.

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                    Company Name                                               City, State

•             ABC Financial Services, LLC                           Sherwood, Arkansas

•             Air St. Luke's Medical Transport                Boise, Idaho

•             Alabama Law Enforcement Agency          Montgomery, Alabama

•             Archer Daniels Midland                                               Chicago, Illinois

•             Astellas Pharma, Inc.                                      Chicago, Illinois

•             B & D Independence Company                  Mount Carmel, Illinois

•             Bank of Guam                                                   Hagatna, Guam

•             Barclays                                                                           New York, New York

•             Battlefield Vegas                                                            Las Vegas, Nevada

•             BCG Platinion - Boston Consulting Group                 New York, New York

•             Berry Law Firm                                                                Lincoln, Nebraska

•             Bigfoot Beverages                                                           Eugene, Oregon

•             Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota                          Saint Paul, Minnesota

•             Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC                                    Columbia, South Carolina

•             Central Washington University                                     Ellensburg, Washington

•             Charleston Police Department                                      Charleston, West Virginia

•             Cherokee Nation Businesses, LLC                                 Catoosa, Oklahoma        

•             Chevron                                                                              San Ramon, California

•             City of Avondale                                                                Avondale, Arizona

•             City of Norman                                                                 Norman, Oklahoma

•             Cleveland Cavaliers                                                         Cleveland, Ohio

•             CloudWave                                                                       Marlborough, Massachusetts

•             Cobb County Police Precinct 4                                      Marietta, Georgia

•             Collins Aerospace                                                            Cedar Rapids, Iowa

•             Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores                                Lebanon, Tennessee

•             Dartmouth Hitchcock                                                     Lebanon, New Hampshire

•             Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma LLC             Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

•             Delta Solutions & Strategies, LLC                                  Colorado Springs, Colorado

•             Denver 911                                                                        Denver, Colorado

•             Department of Energy                                                     Washington, District of Columbia

•             Dialectic Engineering                                                      Kansas City, Missouri

•             Dickey Broadcasting Company                                      Atlanta, Georgia

•             Direct Supply, Inc.                                                            Milwaukee, Wisconsin

•             Ducommun                                                                       Joplin, Missouri

•             Dutrac Community Credit Union                                   Dubuque, Iowa

•             Ecolab                                                                                 Saint Paul, Minnesota

•             Energy Northwest                                                             Richland, Washington

•             ENSCO                                                                                 Springfield, Virginia

•             Entergy Corporation                                                          New Orleans, Louisiana

•             Eversource Energy                                                              Berlin, Connecticut

•             ExxonMobil (Research and Engineering),                       Irving, Texas

•             Fairfax County Sheriff's Office                                          Fairfax, Virginia

•             Fayette County Public Schools                                          Lexington, Kentucky

•             First Community Bank of Batesville Arkansas                Batesville, Arkansas

•             Florida Blue                                                                           Jacksonville, Florida

•             Fort Knox Gold Mine                                                           Fairbanks, Alaska

•             G4S Secure Solutions                                                          Jupiter, Florida

•             Hackensack Meridian Health, Inc.                                     Hackensack, New Jersey

•             HCA Healthcare - Healthtrust                                             Nashville, Tennessee

•             Hilton Worldwide Corporate Headquarters                     McLean, Virginia

•             Hope Sullivan Elementary                                                    Southaven, Mississippi

•             Houston Police Department                                        Houston, Texas

•             IGT (International Game Technology)                     Reno, Nevada

•             Iowa Lakes Community College                                 Estherville, Iowa

•             ITR Concession Company, LLC                                    Granger, Indiana

•             jetBlue                                                                                 Carolina, Puerto Rico

•             Judiciary of Guam                                                            Hagatna, Guam

•             Katabat                                                                                Wilmington, Delaware

•             Kauai Auto Repair                                                            Kalaheo, Hawaii

•             Keurig Dr Pepper                                                             Waterbury, Vermont

•             KS Services, LLC                                                                Birmingham, Alabama

•             Lakeview Regional Medical Center                           Covington, Louisiana

•             League of Minnesota Cities                                         Saint Paul, Minnesota

•             Levi Rodgers Real Estate Group

@ RE/MAX Military City                                                 San Antonio, Texas

•             Lexington Coal Company, LLC                                       Alum Creek, West Virginia

•             LG&E and KU Energy, LLC                                             Louisville, Kentucky

•             Liberty Mutual Insurance Company                         Boston, Massachusetts

•             Loftin Equipment Company                                         Phoenix, Arizona

•             M.P. Contractors, LLC                                                     Louisville, Kentucky

•             MajorClarity, LLC                                                              Richmond, Virginia

•             McNellis & Asato Ltd.                                                     Bloomington, Minnesota

•             Michigan Department of Corrections                      Lansing, Michigan

•             Mississippi Power                                                            Gulfport, Mississippi

•             Missouri State University                                             Springfield, Missouri

•             Momentive Performance Materials                        Friendly, West Virginia

•             Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company                           Columbus, Ohio

•             Netsimco                                                                             Middletown, Rhode Island

•             New Mexico VA Health Care System                       Albuquerque, New Mexico

•             New York City Police Department (NYPD)             New York, New York

•             NUWC (US Naval Undersea Warfare Center)      Newport, Rhode Island

•             Oklahoma Highway Patrol                                            Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

•             Oregon Health & Science University

                School of Nursing,                                                           Portland, Oregon

•             Orocline Solutions                                                           Navarre, Florida

•             Otis Elevator                                                                      Honolulu, Hawaii

•             Pacific Harbor Line                                                           Wilmington, California

•             Penske Truck Leasing                                                     Reading, Pennsylvania

•             Port Tampa Bay                                                                Tampa, Florida

•             Professional Therapy Solutions, LLC                         Madison, Mississippi

•             Prudential Financial, Inc.                                               Newark, New Jersey

•             Puerto Rico Hydraulic Supply                                      Cataño, Puerto Rico

•             Red River Science & Technology, LLC                       Lawton, Oklahoma

•             Republic Services                                                             Phoenix, Arizona

•             Ridge View High School                                                 Columbia, South Carolina

•             Sacramento Municipal Utility District                       Sacramento, California

•             Sanford Health                                                                  Sioux Falls, South Dakota

•             Scott County Sheriff's Office                                       Scottsburg, Indiana

•             Shaw Industries Group, Inc.                                        Dalton, Georgia

•             Shell Oil Company                                                            Houston, Texas

•             Social Security Administration                                    San Juan, Puerto Rico

•             Sparta Police Department                                            Sparta, Wisconsin

•             St. Bernard Parish Fire Department                         Chalmette, Louisiana

•             State of Nevada                                                                   Carson City, Nevada

•             Stryker                                                                                 Kalamazoo, Michigan

•             Student Veterans of America                                     Washington, District of Columbia

•             Surgical Care Affiliates                                                   Birmingham, Alabama

•             Sussex Community Corrections                                 Georgetown, Delaware

•             Tango Theatres                                                                 Dededo, Guam

•             The Independence Fund                                                    Charlotte, North Carolina

•             The Steel Network                                                          Durham, North Carolina

•             Three County Volkswagen                                           Lyndhurst, New Jersey

•             TIC - The Industrial Company

                Peter Kiewit and Sons                                                    Omaha, Nebraska

•             TMC Design Corporation                                               Las Cruces, New Mexico

•             Topeka Police Department                                          Topeka, Kansas

•             Trane - Ingersoll Rand                                                    Davidson, North Carolina

•             Travis Manion Foundation                                           Doylestown, Pennsylvania

•             Trijicon, Inc.                                                                        Wixom, Michigan

•             United Airlines Washington D.C.

                Flight Operations                                                             Washington, District of Columbia

•             United Launch Alliance                                                  Centennial, Colorado

•             United States Citizenship

                Immigration Services (USCIS)                                     Lincoln, Nebraska

•             University Health System                                             San Antonio, Texas

•             University of New Mexico Hospital                          Albuquerque, New Mexico

•             University of the Ozarks                                               Clarksville, Arkansas

•             U.S. Department of Justice,

                Office of the U.S. Trustee                                            Columbus, Ohio

•             US Penitentiary Lewisburg                                             Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

•             Village of Ladd                                                                   Ladd, Illinois

•             Virgil Gamache Farms                                                    Toppenish, Washington

•             Virgin Islands Fire Service                                             St. Croix, Virgin Islands

•             West Valley City                                                               West Valley City, Utah

•             Wisconsin Cheese Mart                                                Milwaukee, Wisconsin

•             WL Gore & Associates, Inc.                                          Newark, Delaware

•             Womble Bond Dickinson (US)                                     Charleston, South Carolina

•             Worcester Police Department                                    Worcester, Massachusetts

•             Wright County Sheriff’s Office                                   Buffalo, Minnesota

•             Yankton School District 63-3                                        Yankton, South Dakota

•             Zimmer Biomet                                                                 Warsaw, Indiana

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