on Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Employee Recognition & Awards
From L to R: Hiawatha Location Manager, Andrew McIntyre; Iowa ESGR Representative, Linda Hass; P&K General Manager, Scott Eisenhauer; P&K Owner, Dr. Barry Pollard
The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced that P&K Midwest is among the 40 Iowa employers of Guard and Reserve employees that has been nominated for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award (commonly referred to as the "Freedom Award").
The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the DoD to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members. On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, the ESGR runs the annual award program, which has presented the honor to 205 employers since 1996.
Almost half of the U.S. military is made up of National Guard and Reserve members, many of whom also hold jobs with civilian employers. The Freedom Award recognizes those employers that provide the most outstanding support for these Citizen Warriors. Up to 15 employers will be selected for this year's award and honored at the Pentagon in an official ceremony in August.
Nominations for the Freedom Award must come from a Guard or Reserve member who is employed by the organization they are nominating, or from a family member. This year's nominees, represent large and small employers from almost every industry, including health, transportation, hospitality, entertainment, banking service and security (just to name a few), as well as from state and local governments. ESGR received nominations for employers in all 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.