Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, announced State Correctional Institute, Waymart of Waymart, Pennsylvania is a finalist for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the DoD’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. State Correctional Institute, Waymart is one of only 30 finalists selected from 4,049 nominations received earlier this year from Guard and Reserve service members or their families.


Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, announced State Correctional Institute, Waymart of Waymart, Pennsylvania is a finalist for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the DoD’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. State Correctional Institute, Waymart is one of only 30 finalists selected from 4,049 nominations received earlier this year from Guard and Reserve service members or their families.
 
State Correctional Institute, Waymart was nominated by an employee in the Navy Reserve. A board selected the finalists from the group of 148 semifinalists announced last month. Employers named as finalists for the Freedom Award stand out for the formal and informal initiatives they put in place for Guard and Reserve employees and their families. The nominator praised State Correctional Institute, Waymart’s free counseling provided by trained professionals in the psychology and psychiatry fields, along with the institutional support of deployed members and their families.
 
“Our Nation’s employers have provided a high level of ongoing support for their military employees and their families even in the tough economic climate of recent years. These 30 finalists have gone to extraordinary lengths to create a supportive culture within their workplaces allowing our citizen warriors to serve with the confidence that they are most appreciated and that their families are being cared for at home,” said ESGR National Chair James G. Rebholz. “Being selected as a finalist is a tremendous achievement and honor that all of us should recognize and applaud.”
 
A national selection board comprised of senior defense officials, business leaders and prior awardees will select 15 recipients for the 2011 Freedom Award. The DoD is expected to announce the award recipients in early summer. The 2011 recipients will be honored in Washington, D.C. at the 16th annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Ceremony on September 22, 2011. Since 1996, only 145 companies have been presented the Freedom Award. Previous honorees from Pennsylvania include East Penn Manufacturing Co., Framatome Connectors International USA and Yerecic Label.