Deadline near for DoD Freedom Award

051311deploy11_MC14973.JPGThe nominations deadline for the 2013 Freedom Award, which is given to civilian employers for their support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve, is less than two weeks away.

Nominations for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award must be received by Jan. 21. The award is the nation’s highest recognition presented to employers.

The Tennessee Valley Authority was one of 15 employers nationwide to receive the award in 2012 and was a semifinalist for the award in 2011 and 2010.

Nashville marketing firm iostudio also received the award last year. More than 3,000 employers nationwide were nominated for the 2012 award.

“With today’s evolving missions of the Reserve Component, as we adapt to the current national security policy, America’s employers continue to provide steadfast support to the more than one million men and women serving in the National Guard and Reserve at home and abroad. The Freedom Award is your opportunity to honor your employer for their critical support,” James Rebholz, national chair of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, said in a news release.

Employers may be nominated by their employees or the employee’s family members.

Click here for more info and an online nomination form.

Photo: In this file photo Reservists get in a few last push-ups before boarding the buses Friday, May 13, 2011. About 200 soldiers of the Army Reserve’s 489th Civil Affairs Battalion left Knoxville for training on their way to Afghanistan. (J. Miles Cary/ News Sentinel)