2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Winners: Military Connection

Freedom Award Winners

By Debbie Gregory.

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, has selected the 15 employers named as the recipients for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

Now in its 20th year, the award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their support of their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. The awards are presented each year to employers in three categories, large business, small business and the public sector.

The Freedom Award was created to publicly recognize employers who hire veterans and provide exceptional support to their Guard employees and Reserve employees. It is the highest in a series of employer recognition awards given by the Department of Defense. Nominations must come from a Guard or Reserve member who is employed by the organization they are nominating, or from a family member.

Senior DoD and other officials and representatives of prior recipient organizations narrowed the field of 30 nominees to the 15 Freedom Award recipients.

The winning companies are:

Black Hills Corporation

Boise Fire Department

BP America, Inc.

Cardinal Health


City of Glendale

City of Shawnee

College of the Ozarks

CVS Health

Devon Energy

Dr. Joe A. Jackson, MD, PLLC

Neil, Dymott, Frank, McFall, Trexler, McCabe & Hudson

Snell & Wilmer, LLP

Town of Hingham

Walt Disney Co

Previous winners include Bank of America, McDonnell Douglas, Tektronix, Inc. and National Life of Vermont. If you would like to view all past recipients, visit http://www.freedomaward.mil/PastRecipientsView.aspx .

The finalists were selected from 2,960 nominations received from Guardsmen and reservists for going far beyond what federal law requires in support of military employees. At MilitaryConnection.com, we tip our hat to these outstanding employers and congratulate these recipients of the prestigious 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.