Secretary of Defense William J. Perry recognized a
Wisconsin-based transportation company for its outstanding
support as an employer of National Guard and Reserve members.
Schneider National, based in Green Bay, received the first
ever National "Employer Support Freedom Award" today in
ceremonies in the Pentagon Press Room. Four regional awards
were also given to the United Parcel 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.
The award is sponsored by the National Committee for
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (NCESGR), a Department
of Defense committee that is headquarters to 55 state-level
committees nationwide. The state committees are staffed solely
"This Employer Support Freedom Award was established to
recognize sacrifices made by employers and to honor those
companies who have gone the extra mile to support our Reservists
and their families," said Secretary Perry. He was joined in
presenting the honor by Assistant Secretary of Defense for
Reserve Affairs, Deborah R. Lee.
ESGR committees across the nation submitted 26 employers for
the award. A national committee reviewed the nominations and
chose the five finalists, representing each of the United States'
five geographic regions. A grassroots committee of weekend
drilling National Guard and Reserve members reviewed the
finalists, and identified Schneider National as the most
"This is an outstanding award because it symbolizes the
quality of all of our associates and their deep commitment to
freedom," said Schneider National President, Don Schneider.
"Our associates who serve in the National Guard and Reserve make
a tremendous sacrifice during times of national need. We as a
company will do everything possible to support these associates
and their families."
Schneider employs more than 15,000 associates,
approximately 1,000 of them are active in the National Guard and
For more information, call Maj. Lora Tucker, (703) 696-1395,
or Capt. Hunt Kerrigan at (703) 696-1388.