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WASHINGTON – In this our 50th year, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2022 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The finalists include small and large private and public sector employers nominated by a National Guard or Reserve Component employee employed in their organization. ESGR received 2,777 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout the 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and District of Columbia. 

“I am honored to congratulate these 30 outstanding employers, who have distinguished themselves by strong support of their Reserve Component employees,” said Ron Bogle, ESGR’s National Chair. “Employers play a critical role in the readiness, retention and success of our National Guard and Reserve forces, and by valuing and supporting their employees’ military service, they are making a direct contribution to our Nation’s security.”

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. The Freedom Award began in 1996 under the auspices of ESGR to recognize exceptional employer support, with only 310 honorees to date. For more information about the Freedom Award, visit 

The Department of Defense will announce the 15 employers selected to receive the 2022 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award in the summer of 2022. The recipients will be honored in local ceremonies by the ESGR Committee in their state.

Here are this year’s Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award finalists (nominator's service and state is in parenthesis).

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Center, Anchorage, Alaska (Air National Guard, Alaska)
Anchorage Fire Department, Anchorage, Alaska (Air National Guard, Alaska)
Astellas Pharma, US, Northbrook, Illinois (Army Reserve, Illinois)
BJC HealthCare, St. Louis, Missouri (Air Force Reserve, Missouri)
BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota/Stella, Eagan, Minnesota (Air Force Reserve, Minnesota)
Bristol Myers Squibb     Lawrence Township, New Jersey, (Air National Guard, New Jersey)
Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), Washington, D.C. (Navy Reserve, Maryland)
Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Charleston, South Carolina (Air Force Reserve, South Carolina)

Charles Perry Partners, Gainesville, Florida (Army National Guard, Florida)
Check Defense, Hoffman, North Carolina (Army National Guard, North Carolina)
City of Watertown Police Department, Watertown, Wisconsin (Army National Guard, Wisconsin) 
Coalfire, Westminster, Colorado (Navy Reserve, Colorado)
Flemingsburg Police Department, Flemingsburg, Kentucky    (Army National Guard, Kentucky)
Gate City Bank, Fargo, North Dakota (Army National Guard, North Dakota)
Golder Ranch Fire District, Tucson, Arizona (Air Force Reserve, Arizona)
Harris County Precinct One Constable, Houston, Texas (Army Reserve, Texas)
HJ Pertzborn Plumbing and Fire Protection, Madison, Wisconsin (Army Reserve, Wisconsin)
Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio    (Air National Guard, Ohio)
Infinity Systems Engineering, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Air Force Reserve, Colorado)
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Golden, Colorado (Air National Guard, Colorado)
League of Minnesota Cities, St. Paul, Minnesota (Army Reserve, Minnesota)
ManifestWorks, Hollywood, California (Marine Corps Reserve, California)
New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, New Mexico (Army Reserve, New Mexico)
Performance Contractors, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Air National Guard, Louisiana)
Parallax Advanced Research, Beavercreek, Ohio (Air National Guard, Ohio)
Phoenix Fab, LLC, Chandler, Arizona (Navy Reserve, Arizona)
Randstad, US Atlanta, Georgia (Army Reserve, Georgia)
Storm Lake Police Department, Storm Lake, Iowa (Army National Guard, Iowa)
Teletracking, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania (Army Reserve, Pennsylvania)
UT-Battelle, (Managing Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Tennessee (Air National Guard, Tennessee)

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. To learn more about ESGR, visit

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