Nominations for the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award, the Department of Defense’s highest award for civilian employers, are now being accepted.
As of Nov. 1, more than 1,700 Guard and Reserve members had submitted nominations, including 38 nominations from Tennessee service members, according to news release from Employer Support of Guard and Reserve, a defense department agency.
Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 16. Nominations may be made by service members or a family member acting on their behalf.
The annual award is given to employers “that go above and beyond in their support of Guard and Reserve members and promote their support as a model for others to follow,” ESGR says.
The 2012 winners will be announced in the summer and honored in a ceremony in the fall in Washington, D.C.
The 2011 Freedom Award winners included a diverse group of public and private companies, two sheriff’s departments and a church.