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Reminder: Jan. 16 deadline for 2012 freedom award

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Defense Department agency, is calling on Guard and Reserve members to nominate their supportive employers for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award before the Jan. 16 deadline.

The Freedom Award is the Defense Department’s highest recognition for civilian employers supporting Guard and Reserve members. All employers—large, small and public—are eligible to receive the honor. Guard and Reserve members, or a family member acting on their behalf, may nominate their employers.

The 2012 recipients will be announced in early summer and honored in Washington, D.C. during a special ceremony in the fall. Past recipients have met with the President of the United States and Secretary of Defense.

For questions regarding the Freedom Award, contact Beth Sherman, ESGR Public Affairs, at 703-696-1171, ext. 539 or by email at

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