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Department of Defense Announces 2020 Employer Support Freedom Award Finalists
WASHINGTON - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2020 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 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.

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Department of Defense names Semifinalists for 2020 Top Employer Award
WASHINGTON ­– Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) program, has identified 143 employers as semifinalists for the 2020 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, commonly referred to as the Freedom Award.

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Secretary of Defense Appoints Ronald E. Bogle as  Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve National Chair
ARLINGTON, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper has appointed retired North Carolina Superior Court Judge Ronald E. Bogle as the National Chair for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. ESGR’s National Chair is an official Department of Defense volunteer position. 

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Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Nomination Season Opens October 1

WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense is pleased to announce the 2020 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Nomination Season opens October 1, 2019. The Award, commonly referred to as the Freedom Award, is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for exemplary support of their National Guard and Reserve employees.

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President Trump issues Proclamation to announce National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump issued a proclamation August 16 to declare August 18-24 National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week.  The proclamation encourages Americans across the United States and its territories to honor organizations that are supportive of their employees' National Guard and Reserve military service.

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Department of Defense Announces 2019 Recipients of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense announced the 15 recipients of the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

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The Department of Defense (DoD) is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the National Chair of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The National Chair serves as an unpaid Special Governmental Employee, in accordance with appropriate Federal regulations. Applications for this key volunteer position are due June 30, 2019, and will be vetted through a screening process prior to a Selection Board scheduled for mid-July. The National Chair will be appointed to a 3 year term beginning September 1, 2019. The DoD expects to announce the selectee no later than August 2019.

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WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) program, has identified 135 employers as semifinalists for the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, commonly referred to as the Freedom Award.

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