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Eastman nominated for Freedom Award

March 21st, 2013 9:04 am by staff report

ARLINGTON, Va. — Kingsport-based Eastman Chemical Co. has been nominated by Tennessee National Guard members for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense operational committee, received 2,899 nominations nationwide. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition for employers supporting employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

Up to 15 award recipients will be announced this summer and honored in Washington, D.C., later this year at the 18th annual Freedom Award ceremony. Guard and Reserve Service members, or family members acting on their behalf, nominated their civilian employers for the Freedom Award during the 12-week nomination season that closed in January.

Nearly one-half of the U.S. military is composed of Guard and Reserve members. While most Guard and Reserve employers proudly support their military employees, Freedom Award recipients are recognized for going to extraordinary lengths for their Guardsmen and Reservists. Semifinalists for the 2013 Freedom Award will be announced later this spring.

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