Arizona employer receives nation’s highest honor for supporting Guard, Reserve employees

Arizona employer receives nation’s highest honor for supporting Guard, Reserve employees

Secretary of Defense Freedom Award

 WASHINGTON –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced today that Arizona Public Service (APS) of Phoenix, is one of 15 recipients of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.


The Freedom Award is the Department’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees. This year’s recipients were selected from 2,864 nominations received from Guardsmen and Reservists for going far beyond what the federal law requires to support their military employees.


"I'm honored to announce the recipients of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award," said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. "Guardsmen and Reservists across the nation rely on strong bonds with their civilian employers. By recognizing these 15 exceptional employers, the Department of Defense celebrates the contributions made by American employers to our Citizen Warriors. I commend these extraordinary employers for their unwavering commitment to service members and their families."


APS was nominated by Arizona Army National Guard members 2nd Lt. Nicholas Caporrimo of the 158th Infantry Battalion, Spc. Joseph Wells of the 819th Engineer Company, and Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Michael Rich from the 13th Battalion, Army Reserve Careers Division/Adjutant General. Rich highlighted the company’s “Troops to Energy Jobs” initiative, which accelerates the hiring of Guardsmen and Reservists and provides support to those employees and their families.


APS has created an employee-led group, VETRN (Veteran Engagement Transition Retention Network), that promotes corporate support and recognition for members of the Guard and Reserve. In addition to sponsoring military and veteran organizations, the company also maintains contact with deployed service members, sending care packages overseas and offering assistance to families at home.


 The 2014 Freedom Award recipients below will be honored at a ceremony in the Pentagon Sept. 26:





Arizona Public Service

Phoenix, Arizona


Dallas, Texas


Capital One

McLean, Virginia


CH2M-WG Idaho

Idaho Falls, Idaho


General Mills, Inc.

Golden Valley, Minnesota


J.G. Management Systems, Inc.

Grand Junction, Colorado


Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles, California


N.H. Department of Environmental Services

Concord, New Hampshire


PNC Bank

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Shofner Vision Center

Nashville, Tennessee


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Memphis, Tennessee


Triumph Pharmaceuticals Inc.

St. Louis, Missouri


UNC Health Care

Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Washoe County School District

Reno, Nevada


Zions Bank

Salt Lake City, Utah



For more information about the Freedom Award and this year’s recipients, visit under the Media Tab in the Press Releases section.

The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of ESGR to recognize exceptional support from the employer community. In the years since, 190 employers have been honored with the award. To learn more about ESGR, visit


For questions or interviews regarding the Freedom Award, contact Beth Sherman, ESGR Public Affairs, at [email protected] or by phone at 571-372-0705.