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WASHINGTON ­– Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III named Phillips 66 one of the 15 recipients of the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, in recognition of the organization’s exemplary support for its National Guard and Reserve employees.   

“I am proud to salute the outstanding employers who have earned the distinction of being named Freedom Award recipients as we mark the 25th year of this highly coveted recognition,” said Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III.  “The men and women of the National Guard and Reserve make significant contributions to our communities and our national security through their civilian and military careers.  We owe a debt of gratitude to these exemplary employers, who by valuing and supporting their employees’ military service, enhance the strength, readiness, and diversity of our National Guard and Reserve forces.”

Phillips 66 along with 14 other recipients were selected from 3,382 nominations received from Guardsmen and Reservists highlighting how their civilian employers went far beyond what the federal law requires to support them. Celebrating its 25th year, the Freedom Award began in 1996 under the auspices of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to recognize exceptional employer support, with 310 honorees to date.

Phillips 66 supports their military employees with programs for National Guard and Reserve service members. The company offers full compensation during scheduled and unscheduled deployments and has a robust family, veteran, and community outreach program.   

“Phillips 66 lives by their corporate core values of safety, honor and commitment and these align perfectly with the United States Coast Guard core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty that have been instilled in me over the past 23 years,” said U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Cmdr. Jared Angelle.  Phillips 66 has fully supported me in times when I was asked to answer the call and understood that my service was for the greater good.”

“This positive relationship has created an environment of trust so that I am able to balance my obligation to the company and service to my country.  I could not maintain this equilibrium without the support and commitment of Phillips 66 to ensure I achieve excellence in every aspect of my life,” said Angelle.  

“Phillips 66 is honored to be selected as a recipient for the ESGR Freedom Award. Military service personnel and Phillips 66 share the same values - safety, honor, and commitment. We’re proud to support our employees who are also serving as active service members in the Guard and Reserve,” said Brian Mandell, executive vice president of marketing and commercial at Phillips 66.

David Blackorby Chair of the Texas ESGR State Committee will present the award to Phillips 66 in a local ceremony.

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

About ESGR

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


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