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Everett School District nominated for 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

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Retired US Navy Captain Michael Kidd (left) presenting Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award nomination certificate to Everett Public Schools Superintendent Gary Cohn. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.
Retired US Navy Captain Michael Kidd (left) presenting Defense Employer Support Freedom Award nomination certificate to Everett Public Schools Superintendent Gary Cohn. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

From an Everett Public Schools news release.

The Everett School District is being recognized for its support of Guard & Reserve employees.

Everett Public Schools is a 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award nominee for its exceptional support of employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.

An employer must be nominated by a Guard or Reserve member who is employed by the organization, or by a family member.

“Our military could not perform the duties of protecting the nation, conducting combat operations or providing humanitarian aid around the globe without your continued support,” said John L. Patterson II, state chair, Washington Committee, Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR). “America’s employers are inextricably linked to our national security.”

According to Patterson, the award is “the highest in a series of ESGR awards that include the Patriot Award, the Above and Beyond Award, and the Pro Patria Award.”

The Freedom Award, a national award established in 1996 by the Department of Defense through ESGR, was created to draw attention to the support provided by the Nation’s employer community. More information about the Freedom Award is available online on the ESGR website.

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