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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Alabama employers nominated for ESGR award

53 Alabama National Guardsmen and Reservists nominated their employers to receive the 2009 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award is the U.S. Government’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. The Freedom Award is particularly significant because only members of the National Guard and Reserve or their family members are eligible to nominate their employers for the award.

Alabama nominees include the following:

3M

Decatur


Alabama Dept of Agriculture and Industries

Montgomery


Alabama Forestry Commission

Montgomery


Alabama Power Company

Birmingham


Alabama Power Southern Company

Birmingham


Andalusia Police Dept

Andalusia


Andrew Jackson University

Birmingham


ARINC

Huntsville


Army Fleet Support

Fort Rucker


BF Goodrich

Tuscaloosa


Bill Penney TOYOTA

Huntsville


Birmingham Police Department

Birmingham


Camber Corporation

Huntsville


Florence Police Department

Florence


Chilton County Education System

Clanton


City of Birmingham Police Department

Birmingham


City of Daphne

Daphne


City of Gulf Shores AL Police Dept

Gulf Shores


City of Mobile Police Dept

Mobile


Crestwood Medical Center

Huntsville


Davidson Technologies Inc

Huntsville


Dept of the Army/Fox Army Health Center

Redstone Arsenal


Donaldson Company

Auburn


E and H Steel Corporation

Midland City


Hard Wear Inc

Northport


Houston County Board of Education

Dothan


Huntsville Police Department

Huntsville


Intergraph

Huntsville


Jackson County Sheriff's Dept.

Scottsboro


Jenkins Brick Company

Montgomery


Mobile Infirmary Medical Center

Mobile


Pilot Catastrophe Services

Mobile


Primary Care Center of Monroeville

Monroeville


Quantum Research International

Huntsville


Russell County Mapping and Appraisal Department

Phoenix City


SAIC-Anniston

Anniston


Shelby County Highway Dept

Columbiana


Sigmatech Inc

Huntsville


Social Security Administration

Mobile


Southland International Trucks

Homewood


Star Aviation

Mobile


State of Alabama-Dept of Human Resources

Bessemer


Sylacauga Housing Authority

Sylacauga


TATE Inc

Daleville


The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa


Total Safety Inc

Mobile


Tuscaloosa County School System

Tuscaloosa


UAB Hospital

Birmingham


United States Probation Office

Mobile


US Postal Service

Birmingham


US4 Michelin Tire Corporation

Midland City


Utility Trailer Mnf. Inc

Enterprise


Verizon Wireless

Huntsville


More than 3,200 National Guard and Reserve members from across the country nominated their employers for their outstanding support. Many employers, for example, provided continued benefits, differential pay, family assistance and additional support. A national selection board comprised of senior defense officials and business leaders will select up to 15 recipients for this year’s award. The Department of Defense will announce the 2009 Freedom Award recipients this summer. The 2009 Freedom Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., September 17th at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Center.

About ESGR

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 that seeks to promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees. We recognize outstanding support, increase awareness of the law, and resolve conflicts through mediation. For more information, please visit www.esgr.mil.

About the Award

The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) to recognize exceptional support from the employer community. Previous honorees include American Express, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Sears, Home Depot, the State of Tennessee and the Winner School District of South Dakota. For more information, please visit www.FreedomAward.mil.

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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