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Hanson named finalist for U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Freedom Award

5/17/2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    
May 17, 2010

Contact: Amy Kay, Public Relations Coordinator
Hanson Professional Services Inc.
(217) 747-9283
akay@hanson-inc.com


Hanson named finalist for U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Freedom Award

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Hanson Professional Services Inc. has been selected as one of 30 national finalists for the 2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.  The award is the U.S. government’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the award that was instituted in 1996 under then Secretary of Defense William Perry. 

Hanson was selected from more than 2,500 nominations submitted for the award. From the 30 finalists, a national selection board – comprised of senior defense officials, business leaders and prior Freedom Award recipients, representing small business, large business and public-sector employers – will select the 15 recipients of the 2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.  Recipients will be announced by the Department of Defense in early summer.  The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2010, at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center.

Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, architecture, planning and allied services. The Springfield-area office is located at 1525 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL  62703.  The office may be reached by phone: (217) 788-2450 or fax: (217) 788-2503.

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About ESGR & the Freedom Award
The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).  ESGR is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 whose mission is to gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve Service by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law, and resolving conflict through mediation.  Since 1996, only 130 companies have been presented with the prestigious Freedom Award.  Previous honorees from Illinois include Entec Services Inc.; McDonnell Douglas; The Boeing Co.; Sears, Roebuck and Co.; and State Farm Insurance Co.  For more information, please visit www.FreedomAward.mil.


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