Recognize your civilian employer

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  • By Airman Hanna Smith
  • 439th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The Freedom Award nomination period is from October 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The Freedom Award is the highest civilian employer award presented by the Department of Defense. This award is for the entire organization.

The support of civilian employers for members of the National Guard and Reserve continues to be vital to our Nation’s defense. The importance of this support is often overlooked when we think of what is needed to keep us safe and free.

If you have a civilian employer, you can recognize its contribution to your military career by submitting a Freedom Award nomination. To ensure nominees are being compared with other like employers, there are three categories: large, small and non-profit employers.

Approximately 3,000 award nominations are submitted each year with 15 being selected.

For more information, to submit your nomination and show your employer that you appreciate the support you receive, please visit

If you also want to reward an individual supervisor please nominate him/her for the Patriot Award at

Please take advantage of these opportunities to thank your civilian employer and/or individual supervisors.