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WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) program, has identified 140 employers as semifinalists for the 2021 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, 295 employers have earned this prestigious honor.

The semifinalists were selected from 3,382 submissions by service members and they will be narrowed down to 30 finalists. The ESGR National Selection Board, comprised of senior DoD officials and representatives from the Reserve Components, will then select up to 15 employers who will receive the Freedom Award. 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.

An alphabetical list of the semifinalists, including employer city and state, and nominating service, is available in the PDF below under related files. For the latest Freedom Award news, visit To learn more about ESGR, visit

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