Employers Freedom Award deadline next week

Guard and Reserve members have one week left to nominate their employers for the 2012
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The deadline is Jan. 16.

The annual award is the Defense Department’s highest recognition for civilian employers. It was established in 1996 to honor employers who provide exceptional support to Guard and Reserve members.

Nominations can be made online at http://www.freedomaward.mil/

“Even as our nation scales down our combat missions abroad, Guard and Reserve members and their employers remain a critical component in our national security equation,” said James Rebholz, national chair of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Defense Department agency. “Just as our country has heavily relied on the more than one million men and women of the Guard and Reserve, these service members have counted on their employers for support and encouragement. I encourage all Guardsmen and Reservists to nominate their supportive employers today, so our Nation may acknowledge their extraordinary efforts.”

Previous Tennessee winners of the Freedom Award include Lochinvar Corp., Franklin’s Printing, and Dollar General Corp.