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Release No: 303-96
October 31, 1996

Secretary of Defense To Present National Employer Support Freedom Awards

Secretary of Defense William J. Perry will present the first ever National Employer Support Freedom Awards at 11 a.m. (EST), Monday, Nov. 4, 1996 during ceremonies in the Pentagon's DoD Briefing Studio, Room 2E781.

One national and four regional recipients will be honored during the ceremony which recognizes the significant contributions and sacrifices made by employers of National Guard and Reserve members. As the Total Force military downsizes, there is increasing reliance on National Guard and Reserve forces.

Receiving the national award will be Donald J. Schneider, president of Schneider National, a trucking company based in Green Bay, Wis. Regional Employer Support Freedom Awards will also be presented to the United Postal Service, Central Florida District, Orlando, Fla.; McDonnell-Douglas Corporation, St. Louis, Mo.; Tektronix Inc., Wilsonville, Ore., and National Life, an insurance company located in Montpelier, Vt.

Joining Secretary Perry during the ceremonies will be Deborah R. Lee, assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs.

For more information, contact Capt. Hunt Kerrigan, NCESGR Public Affairs, 703-696-1388.

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