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Nominees for Department of Defense's top employer award named

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Nominees for Department of Defense’s top employer award named

Camp Murray, WA ­– Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announces more than 60 Washington employers of Guard and Reserve employees have been nominated for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award (commonly referred to as the “Freedom Award”).

The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the DoD to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members. On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, ESGR runs the annual award program, which has presented the honor to 205 employers since 1996.

Almost half of the U.S. military is made up of National Guard and Reserve members, many of whom also hold jobs with civilian employers. The Freedom Award recognizes those employers that provide the most outstanding support for these Citizen Warriors.  Up to 15 employers will be selected for this year’s award and honored at the Pentagon in an official ceremony in August.

Nominations for the Freedom Award must come from a Guard or Reserve member who is employed by the organization they are nominating, or from a family member.  This year’s nominees (complete list available at ) represent large and small employers from almost every industry, including health, transportation, hospitality, entertainment, banking, service and security (just to name a few), as well as from state and local governments. ESGR received nominations for employers in all 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.

Semifinalists and finalists will be announced in sequence throughout the coming months with the recipients being announced in late June. Updates, press releases and a complete list of the 2,960 nominees can be found at

2015 Freedom Award Nominations from Washington:

Alaska Airlines
Orcas Island School District #137
T-Mobile USA
Tracy Niles Insurance Agency Inc.
GEO Group at the Northwest Detention Center
Charles Schwab
MacDonald- Miller Facility Solutions
Bangor NBK Commissary
NAVSUP - Fleet Logistic Center Puget Sound
Emerald Aire, Inc
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Abernathy Fish Technology Center
Safeway, Inc.
City of Federal Way Police Department
Seattle Police Department Parking Enforcement
Brownline LLC
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
Morgan Stanley
Banner Bank
FedEx Freight
Remcon Equipment, Inc
MES Solutions
Cascade Healthcare Services
Energard Technologies
Ed Selden Carpet One
Sports Authority
Blade Chevrolet
Holman Distribution Center of Washington
Providence Vincent House
Spokane County Public Defender's Office
Office of Civilian Human Resources, Department of Navy-SIL
Immigration & Customs Enforcement-Enforcement Removal Operations
Northwest Roof Maintenance, Inc.
United Parcel Service (UPS)
International Mountain Guides
Air Washington
Alcoa Wenatchee Works
Bonneville Power Administration
West Pierce Fire and Rescue
Kitsap County Sheriff's Office
Continental Mills
Seattle Fire Department
Mud Mountain & Howard A. Hanson Dams
Costco Wholesale
The Boeing Company
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Northern Capital Management
Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.
AP Construction
Tacoma School District #10
Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries
Washington State Gambling Commission
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Multicare Tacoma General Hospital
Mukilteo Police Department
Kenworth Sales Company
The UPS Store
NAES Corporation
Chelan County Public Utility District #1
Honeywell Aerospace
Spokane Teachers Credit Union STCU
Community Transit

*Denotes employer received more than one nomination