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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 608-12
July 23, 2012

DOD Announces 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Recipients

            The Department of Defense announced today the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award recipients. 

            The award represents the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers for their outstanding support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. 

            The 2012 recipients are: 

            Basin Electric Power Cooperative -- Bismark, N.D.

            Caterpillar Inc. -- Peoria, Ill.

            Citi -- New York, N.Y.

            Crystal Springs United Methodist Church -- Crystal Springs, Miss.

            Delta Airlines -- Atlanta, Ga.

            Gary Jet Center -- Gary, Ind.

            iostudio -- Nashville, Tenn.

            Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety -- Kalamazoo, Mich.

            L-3 Communications -- New York, N.Y.

            Nyemaster Goode -- Des Moines, Iowa

            Port of Seattle -- Seattle, Wash.

            Siemens Corporation -- Washington, D.C.

            Tennessee Valley Authority -- Knoxville, Tenn.

            Uniform Color Company -- Holland, Mich.

            Verizon Wireless -- Basking Ridge, N.J. 

            The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to recognize exceptional support from the employer community. 

            More information about the Freedom Award is available at http://www.FreedomAward.mil or by calling the Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve office at 800-336-4590.

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