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59 Colorado companies nominated for 2013 SecDef Freedom Award 
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve 
 

ARLINGTON, Va. (3/19/13) ­– Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense operational committee, announced 59 Colorado Guard and Reserve members nominated their employers for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award March 19.

The agency received 2,899 nominations nationwide, and of those, 59 Colorado service members nominated their employers for the highest honor. 

The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition for employers supporting employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Up to 15 award recipients will be announced this summer and honored in Washington, D.C. later this year at the 18th annual Freedom Award ceremony. Past award recipients have met with senior leaders of the White House and Department of Defense as part of the award recognition.

Though recent draw downs in Afghanistan, ongoing national security demands and historic humanitarian relief missions have continued to call service members away from their civilian lives, it's these supportive employers who are critical to helping restore stability and peace of mind for these Citizen-Warriors and their loved ones.

"Every year, these nominations demonstrate the strength of our employers' commitment to supporting our Guardsmen and Reservists," said ESGR National Chair James G. Rebholz. "We applaud all the National Guard and Reserve service members who took the time to tell the DOD why their employers are exceptional, and we are grateful to the 2013 nominees for providing our Citizen-Warriors the assistance and encouragement they rely on while answering the call to duty."  

Guard and Reserve service members, or family members acting on their behalf, nominated their civilian employers for the Freedom Award during the 12-week nomination season that closed in January. 

Guard and Reserve members comprise nearly one-half of the U.S. military. While most Guard and Reserve employers proudly support their military employees, Freedom Award recipients are recognized for going to extraordinary lengths for their Guardsmen and Reservists. Nationwide, this year’s nominees represent diverse industries including airlines, grocery store chains, national retail brands and IT companies, as well as small businesses, and state and local governments.

The 2013 Freedom Award Nominations from Colorado are:

Employer

City

Living Water Bible Fellowship

Alamosa

Arvada Police Department

Arvada

City of Arvada

Arvada

Aurora Police Department

Aurora

Colorado Army National Guard Honor Guard

Aurora

Transportation Security Administration

Aurora

Walmart

Aurora

Eagle River Fire Protection District

Avon

National Weather Service

Boulder

Xcel Energy

Boulder

Kaiser Permanente Castle Rock Medical Office

Castle Rock

Blair and Associates, P.C.

Cedaredge

Dial Global Radio Networks

Centennial

Colorado Springs Utilities

Colorado Springs

El Paso County Clerk & Recorder

Colorado Springs

El Paso County Sheriff's Office

Colorado Springs

Everest University Online

Colorado Springs

Harloff Company

Colorado Springs

Hewlett Packard

Colorado Springs

Lifetime Fitness

Colorado Springs

TASC

Colorado Springs

U.S. Paralympics

Colorado Springs

United States Anti Doping Agency

Colorado Springs

Alpine Access

Denver

Colorado Department of Corrections

Denver

Colorado Office of the State Auditor

Denver

DaVita, Inc

Denver

DCP Midstream

Denver

Denver Health Paramedic Division

Denver

Denver Public Schools

Denver

First Choice Bank

Denver

MarkWest

Denver

Performance Mobility

Denver

Securitas Security Services

Denver

United Air Lines

Denver

Durango Harley Davidson

Durango

Charles Schwab

Englewood

Denver Jet Center

Englewood

Jeppesen Sanderson Inc

Englewood

James I Michalka

Fort Collins

Pelco by Schneider Electric

Fort Collins

Gray Oil Company

Fort Lupton

JG management Systems, Inc.

Grand Junction

Meadow Gold Dairies/Dean Foods

Grand Junction

Page-Parsons Jewelers

Grand Junction

Double Diamond Crossfit

Greeley

Greenwood Village Police Department

Greenwood Village

AlliedBarton Security Services

Lakewood

Bureau Of Land Management Colorado

Lakewood

Department of Veterans Affairs

Lakewood

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Lakewood

Rocky Mountain Oilfield Rental

LaSalle

Lockheed Martin

Littleton

DigitalGlobe, Inc.

Longmont

Medtronic Surgical Technologies

Louisville

Aspen Homes Remodeling LLC

Loveland

Parker Police Department, Town of Parker

Parker

City of Pueblo

Pueblo

Federal Aviation Administration

Pueblo

A list of nominations from all 50 states and Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, are available at www.FreedomAward.mil. Semifinalists for the 2013 Freedom Award will be announced later this spring.

About ESGR and the Freedom Award:

The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of ESGR to recognize exceptional support from the employer community. In the years since, 175 employers have been honored with the award. ESGR develops and maintains employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce. 

For questions or interviews regarding the Freedom Award, please contact Beth Sherman, ESGR Public Affairs, at 571-372-0705 or by email at ESGR-PA@osd.mil 

3/21/2013