HORSHAM, Pa. – Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, announced that TeleTracking Technologies is a state finalist for the 2021 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award.
The finalists include small, large private and public sector employers, nominated by a National Guard or Reserve employee in their organization. ESGR received 2,623 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout the 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and District of Columbia.
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. On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, ESGR runs the annual award program, which has presented the honor to only 295 employers since 1996.
The Department of Defense will announce the 15 employers selected to receive the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award by mid-June.
Pennsylvania Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brandon Harper nominated the TeleTracking Technologies for the Freedom Award for their outstanding support of his military career. In his nomination, Harper stated in part: “TeleTracking leadership has always offered to do anything they can to help my family while I’m away. … I have spent many months away at a time and my manager would check-in with me frequently to see if there was anything they could do to help with the family. … The Wellness program at TeleTracking is amazing and ensures we can receive help in areas of finance, health and emotional wellness.”
The nomination of the TeleTracking Technologies for the Freedom Award is highly endorsed by State ESGR Marty Kuhar who stated: “TeleTracking has been a huge supporter of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve, receiving five awards from ESGR over the last six years, including the Extraordinary Employer Support award! The company provides significant recognition to their military employees by highlighting their service and accomplishments on their corporate website, celebrations of their employees’ military service on Veterans Day led by their CEO, and by consistent support of the local Pittsburgh Wounded Warriors charity. TeleTracking tracks all employees when mobilized and reaches out to them with cards and emails to let them know they are missed and their service is greatly appreciated. TeleTracking helps the families of their service members through a company family wellness program that addresses any family needs when their military member is mobilized. They also regularly send cards and flowers during special occasions, and even take families to dinner so they know the company has their back! TeleTracking has an extremely generous military leave pay policy. They continue regular pay in addition to the service member’s military pay for up to the first six months of extended training or deployment! Targeted bonuses opportunities are also extended while the employees is away on military duty. They extend all benefits for the duration of deployment as well! TeleTracking values the leadership and professionalism the military teaches their troops and have made hiring Guard and Reserve members a priority. The company provides financial support to several military charities in the Pittsburgh area and organizing company events that attract outside support for the military services.”
ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.
For more information about ESGR Outreach Programs, or ESGR volunteer opportunities, please call 1-800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil/PA. Information about the 2021 Freedom Award can be found at https://www.freedomaward.mil/