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Irvine Receives 2010 â€œFreedom Awardâ€
Award recognizes Cityâ€™s support to employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve
IRVINE, CA (July 9, 2010): Â The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a United States Department of Defense agency, has announced that the Irvine Police Department has been selected to receive the â€œFreedom Awardâ€, the highest honor bestowed on an employer by the Department of Defense. The “Freedom Award” is presented annually by the ESGR to employers who have provided the most exceptional support of our national defense through leadership practices and policies that support their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
Â â€œIt is an honor that each year, the City Council strongly supports those who serve by providing for continued compensation when they are serving our country so ably,â€ said Mayor Sukhee Kang. â€œThis is a community that has a long tradition of supporting veterans and it is a community that never forgets and continues to show its gratitude.â€
The City of Irvine has a long history in supporting the National Guard and Reserve dating back to the military operations associated with the Marine Corps Air Stations, El Toro and Tustin.Â The City has continually recognized and supported our nationâ€™s service members and their families, and is honored to be this yearâ€™s recipient of this prestigious award.
â€œWe are humbled to be recognized for our support of the men and women of our Department and our City who serve our community every day with distinction,â€ said Irvine Police Chief David L. Maggard, Jr. â€œWhen called to duty, our reservists serve our Nation with extraordinary bravery and honorâ€.
More information on the Freedom Award is available at: http://www.freedomaward.mil/NewsRoom/PressReleases.aspx