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Committee Announces Employer Support Freedom Awards

American Forces Press Service

ARLINGTON, Va., May 24, 2004 – Well-known corporate giants lead the pack in the 2004 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Awards.

The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense Agency and sponsor of the awards, made the announcement recently. The 2004 recipients are American Express, New York; Bank One Corp., Chicago; Colt Safety Fire and Rescue, St. Louis; Coors Brewing Co., Golden, Colo.; General Electric, Fairfield, Conn.; Harley-Davidson, Milwaukee, Wis.; Home Depot, Atlanta; Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Monterey Park, Calif.; Northrop Grumman Corp., Los Angeles; Fisk Corp./OneSource Building Technologies, Houston; Saints Memorial Medical Center, Lowell, Mass.; Sprint Corp., Overland Park, Kan.; State of Minnesota, St. Paul; Strategic Solutions, Inc., Walnut Creek, Calif.; and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, Ark.

"At no time in the nation's recent history have the National Guard and Reserve forces contributed so much to the defense of our nation", said Bob Hollingsworth, ESGR executive director. "In support of the war on terrorism, and the ongoing operations in Iraq, an essential alliance has been formed with the Department of Defense as many of America's employers have become inextricably linked to the nation's defense by sharing their most precious asset: their employees."

"The 2004 Department of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Recipients represent the highest level of corporate patriotism for their exceptional support of their employees who serve our nation in the Guard and Reserve", added Hollingsworth.

The award, a Waterford crystal eagle, was introduced in 1996 to publicly recognize the significant contributions and sacrifices made by America's employers of guardsmen and reservists. This year's recipients will be recognized in Washington Sept. 21.

(Based on a release from the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.)

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