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135 Employers selected from 2,415 nominations for 2019 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award

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.

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, 265 employers have earned this prestigious honor.

The ESGR state committees selected the semifinalists from 2,415 submissions by service members and they will be narrowed down to 30 finalists. The ESGR National Selection Board, comprised of senior DoD officials, representatives from the Reserve Components, employer associations and past recipients will select up to 15 employers who will receive the Freedom Award in a ceremony at the Pentagon in August. 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.

Below is an alphabetical list of the semifinalists. 

The complete list of nominees will be available at March 8.

To learn more about ESGR, visit


                    Company Name                                               City, State

             ABC Financial Services, LLC                           Sherwood, Arkansas

             Air St. Luke's Medical Transport                 Boise, Idaho

             Alabama Law Enforcement Agency          Montgomery, Alabama

             Archer Daniels Midland                                               Chicago, Illinois

             Astellas Pharma, Inc.                                      Chicago, Illinois

             B & D Independence Company                  Mount Carmel, Illinois

             Bank of Guam                                                   Hagatna, Guam

             Barclays                                                                           New York, New York

             Battlefield Vegas                                                            Las Vegas, Nevada

             BCG Platinion - Boston Consulting Group                 New York, New York

             Berry Law Firm                                                                Lincoln, Nebraska

             Bigfoot Beverages                                                           Eugene, Oregon

             Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota                          Saint Paul, Minnesota

             Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC                                    Columbia, South Carolina

             Central Washington University                                     Ellensburg, Washington

             Charleston Police Department                                      Charleston, West Virginia

             Cherokee Nation Businesses, LLC                                 Catoosa, Oklahoma        

             Chevron                                                                              San Ramon, California

             City of Avondale                                                                Avondale, Arizona

             City of Norman                                                                 Norman, Oklahoma

             Cleveland Cavaliers                                                         Cleveland, Ohio

             CloudWave                                                                       Marlborough, Massachusetts

             Cobb County Police Precinct 4                                      Marietta, Georgia

             Collins Aerospace                                                            Cedar Rapids, Iowa

             Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores                                Lebanon, Tennessee

             Dartmouth Hitchcock                                                     Lebanon, New Hampshire

             Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma LLC             Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

             Delta Solutions & Strategies, LLC                                  Colorado Springs, Colorado

             Denver 911                                                                        Denver, Colorado

             Department of Energy                                                     Washington, District of Columbia

             Dialectic Engineering                                                      Kansas City, Missouri

             Dickey Broadcasting Company                                      Atlanta, Georgia

             Direct Supply, Inc.                                                            Milwaukee, Wisconsin

             Ducommun                                                                       Joplin, Missouri

             Dutrac Community Credit Union                                   Dubuque, Iowa

             Ecolab                                                                                 Saint Paul, Minnesota

             Energy Northwest                                                             Richland, Washington

             ENSCO                                                                                 Springfield, Virginia

             Entergy Corporation                                                          New Orleans, Louisiana

             Eversource Energy                                                              Berlin, Connecticut

             ExxonMobil (Research and Engineering),                       Irving, Texas

             Fairfax County Sheriff's Office                                          Fairfax, Virginia

             Fayette County Public Schools                                          Lexington, Kentucky

             First Community Bank of Batesville Arkansas                Batesville, Arkansas

             Florida Blue                                                                           Jacksonville, Florida

             Fort Knox Gold Mine                                                           Fairbanks, Alaska

             G4S Secure Solutions                                                          Jupiter, Florida

             Hackensack Meridian Health, Inc.                                     Hackensack, New Jersey

             HCA Healthcare - Healthtrust                                             Nashville, Tennessee

             Hilton Worldwide Corporate Headquarters                     McLean, Virginia

             Hope Sullivan Elementary                                                    Southaven, Mississippi

             Houston Police Department                                        Houston, Texas

             IGT (International Game Technology)                     Reno, Nevada

             Iowa Lakes Community College                                 Estherville, Iowa

             ITR Concession Company, LLC                                    Granger, Indiana

             jetBlue                                                                                 Carolina, Puerto Rico

             Judiciary of Guam                                                            Hagatna, Guam

             Katabat                                                                                Wilmington, Delaware

             Kauai Auto Repair                                                            Kalaheo, Hawaii

             Keurig Dr Pepper                                                             Waterbury, Vermont

             KS Services, LLC                                                                Birmingham, Alabama

             Lakeview Regional Medical Center                           Covington, Louisiana

             League of Minnesota Cities                                         Saint Paul, Minnesota

             Levi Rodgers Real Estate Group

@ RE/MAX Military City                                                 San Antonio, Texas

             Lexington Coal Company, LLC                                     Alum Creek, West Virginia

             LG&E and KU Energy, LLC                                             Louisville, Kentucky

             Liberty Mutual Insurance Company                         Boston, Massachusetts

             Loftin Equipment Company                                         Phoenix, Arizona

             M.P. Contractors, LLC                                                     Louisville, Kentucky

             MajorClarity, LLC                                                              Richmond, Virginia

             McNellis & Asato Ltd.                                                     Bloomington, Minnesota

             Michigan Department of Corrections                      Lansing, Michigan

             Mississippi Power                                                            Gulfport, Mississippi

             Missouri State University                                             Springfield, Missouri

             Momentive Performance Materials                        Friendly, Vest Virginia

             Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company                           Columbus, Ohio

             Netsimco                                                                             Middletown, Rhode Island

             New Mexico VA Health Care System                       Albuquerque, New Mexico

             New York City Police Department (NYPD)             New York, New York

             NUWC (US Naval Undersea Warfare Center)      Newport, Rhode Island

             Oklahoma Highway Patrol                                            Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

             Oregon Health & Science University

                School of Nursing,                                                           Portland, Oregon

             Orocline Solutions                                                           Navarre, Florida

             Otis Elevator                                                                      Honolulu, Hawaii

             Pacific Harbor Line                                                           Wilmington, California

             Penske Truck Leasing                                                     Reading, Pennsylvania

             Port Tampa Bay                                                                Tampa, Florida

             Professional Therapy Solutions, LLC                         Madison, Mississippi

             Prudential Financial, Inc.                                               Newark, New Jersey

             Puerto Rico Hydraulic Supply                                      Cataño, Puerto Rico

             Red River Science & Technology, LLC                       Lawton, Oklahoma

             Republic Services                                                             Phoenix, Arizona

             Ridge View High School                                                 Columbia, South Carolina

             Sacramento Municipal Utility District                       Sacramento, California

             Sanford Health                                                                  Sioux Falls, South Dakota

             Scott County Sheriff's Office                                       Scottsburg, Indiana

             Shaw Industries Group, Inc.                                        Dalton, Georgia

             Shell Oil Company                                                            Houston, Texas

             Social Security Administration                                    San Juan, Puerto Rico

             Sparta Police Department                                            Sparta, Wisconsin

             St. Bernard Parish Fire Department                         Chalmette, Louisiana

             State of Nevada                                                                   Carson City, Nevada

             Stryker                                                                                 Kalamazoo, Michigan

             Student Veterans of America                                     Washington, District of Columbia

             Surgical Care Affiliates                                                   Birmingham, Alabama

             Sussex Community Corrections                                 Georgetown, Delaware

             Tango Theatres                                                                 Dededo, Guam

             The Independence Fund                                                    Charlotte, North Carolina

             The Steel Network                                                          Durham, North Carolina

             Three County Volkswagen                                           Lyndhurst, New Jersey

             TIC - The Industrial Company

                Peter Kiewit and Sons                                                    Omaha, Nebraska

             TMC Design Corporation                                               Las Cruces, New Mexico

             Topeka Police Department                                          Topeka, Kansas

             Trane - Ingersoll Rand                                                    Davidson, North Carolina

             Travis Manion Foundation                                           Doylestown, Pennsylvania

             Trijicon, Inc.                                                                        Wixom, Michigan

             United Airlines Washington D.C.

                Flight Operations                                                             Washington, District of Columbia

             United Launch Alliance                                                  Centennial, Colorado

             United States Citizenship

                Immigration Services (USCIS)                                     Lincoln, Nebraska

             University Health System                                             San Antonio, Texas

             University of New Mexico Hospital                          Albuquerque, New Mexico

             University of the Ozarks                                               Clarksville, Arkansas

             U.S. Department of Justice,

                Office of the U.S. Trustee                                            Columbus, Ohio

             US Penitentiary Lewisburg                                           Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

             Village of Ladd                                                                   Ladd, Illinois

             Virgil Gamache Farms                                                    Toppenish, Washington

             Virgin Islands Fire Service                                             St. Croix, Virgin Islands

             West Valley City                                                               West Valley City, Utah

             Wisconsin Cheese Mart                                                Milwaukee, Wisconsin

             WL Gore & Associates, Inc.                                          Newark, Delaware

             Womble Bond Dickinson (US)                                     Charleston, South Carolina

             Worcester Police Department                                    Worcester, Massachusetts

             Wright County Sheriff’s Office                                   Buffalo, Minnesota

             Yankton School District 63-3                                        Yankton, South Dakota

             Zimmer Biomet                                                                 Warsaw, Indiana

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