West Valley City wins top DOD honor for support of Reserve

West Valley City wins top DOD honor for support of Reserve

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — The Department of Defense announced West Valley City as one of 15 recipients of the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

“It is an honor to recognize these 15 exemplary civilian employers,” said Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. “The strength of our military and the success of our defense strategy depends on the readiness of our National Guard and Reserve members. These dedicated citizen warriors could not accomplish their missions without employers who understand and support their military service. We are grateful to these organizations for their role in keeping our nation safe and for setting the standard for all employers of Guard and Reserve members.”

Other recipients of this year’s Freedom Award are as follows:

Archer Daniels Midland


Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC


Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Delta Solutions & Strategies, LLC

Direct Supply, Inc.

Eversource Energy

Houston Police Department

Kauai Auto Repair

Levi Rodgers Real Estate Group @ RE/MAX Military City

LG&E and KU Energy, LLC

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

The Steel Network

The 2019 recipients were selected from 2,415 nominations received from guardsmen and reservists highlighting how their civilian employers went far beyond what the federal law requires to support them.

The Freedom Award began in 1996 under the auspices of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to recognize exceptional employer support, with 265 honorees to date.

This article was adapted from an ESGR news release

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