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TULSA, Okla. – Oklahoma Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced today that Stan Johnson, President and CEO, and Jeff Cox, Managing Partner and Head of the East Region, received the ESGR Above and Beyond Award in recognition of the extraordinary support of Stan Johnson Company employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve, as nominated by Maj. Brett Puckett of the Ohio Air National Guard.

“The ESGR Above and Beyond Award was created to publicly recognize U.S. employers providing extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Raymond Knapp, Oklahoma ESGR state chair. “Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

“National Guard and Reserve members bring tremendous skills and capabilities to our workforce, and employer support for their military service is critical to maintaining the strength of our Guard and Reserve units,” said Knapp. “By valuing the military service of their Guard and Reserve employees, employers are directly supporting the readiness and retention of our All-Volunteer Force, and our national defense.”

Stan Johnson Company was also selected as one of 140 Semi-Finalists for the prestigious Secretary of Defense Freedom Award out of 3,382 nominations from throughout the 50 states and 5 territories.

Stan Johnson Company joins thousands of American employers who have reviewed and amended their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Many employers provide support far beyond what USERRA requires, including pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits to complement coverage provided by the military when their employees mobilized.

Stan Johnson Company is a commercial real estate brokerage and advisory firm that focuses on investment sales transactions involving retail, office, industrial, healthcare, and specialty properties.

“It is a great honor to be nominated for this award by Maj. Brett Puckett,” said Stan Johnson.

“We were pleased and honored to support Maj. Brett Puckett as he served our country,” added Jeff Cox.

ESGR is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the National Guard and Reserve through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. ESGR also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between Service members and their employers.

For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call 1-800-336-4590 or visit

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