ARLINGTON, Va. — Newmont Mining Corp. of Elko and Legacy Sports International of Reno have been selected as two 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 National Guard and Reserve. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the award, which was instituted in 1996 under then Secretary of Defense William Perry.
Newmont Mining Corp., nominated by a staff sergeant in the Army National Guard from Winnemucca, and Legacy Sports International, nominated by a sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve from Reno, were selected from more than 2,500 nominations submitted for the award.
Thousands of U.S. employers were nominated for outstanding support of guard and reserve employees, which included providing full salary, continuation of benefits, care packages and even family support to employees fulfilling their military obligation.
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 at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. For more information, visit www.FreedomAward.mil.