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Three Wisconsin employers — the Village of Pewaukee Police Department, Associated Bank and INNIO Waukesha Gas Engine — have received the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the nation’s top honor for employers that support National Guard and reserve component employees.
Excellence doesn't just happen. It requires continuous improvement, self-assessment and a commitment to being the best.That mentality has resulted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard being named a finalist in the annual Army Communities of Excellence competition.
Three Wisconsin employers of National Guard and Reserve members are among the 150 employers nationwide selected as semifinalists for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.Semifinalists include Mercury Marine, a Division of Brunswick Corporation, in Fond Du Lac; Stainless Tank and Equipment Company, LLC in Beloit; and the State of Wisconsin.The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense's highest honor for employers that provide extraordinary support to their Guard and Reserve employees.
Wisconsin is once again counted among the top Army National Guard organizations with its Gold Division First Place finish in the 2015 Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) program.Wisconsin finished runner-up to the Ohio Army National Guard, which was named the overall winner in the 2015 judging. This year, 41 Army National Guard states and five U.S. Army Reserve commands participated in the ACOE program."This recognition is a reflection of the tremendous effort on the part of many Soldiers in the Wisconsin Army National Guard who continue building readiness and improving our processes across all the functions necessary to make us one of the best Army National Guard's in the nation," said Brig. Gen. Mark Anderson, deputy adjutant general for Army and the Wisconsin Army National Guard's top officer. "Our participation has been a conscious effort on our part to continue to promote efficiencies, improve our readiness and take better care of our Soldiers and accomplish our mission."
One of the seven National Guard recipients of the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award — which recognizes company-grade officers who embody the ideals of duty, honor and country — spent most of his military career in the enlisted ranks.Capt. Ron Adams of Milwaukee, who commands the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 112th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, said his two decades as an enlisted Soldier has proven invaluable."I have a unique perspective as an officer," Adams explained. "I have served in just about every rank and leadership position as anyone in my unit, and understand their needs and challenges."
The Wisconsin National Guard's 132nd Army Band owns the reserve component of the 2014 Army Music Noncommissioned Officers and Soldiers of the Year competition.Staff Sgt. Tyler Terrell took first place in the senior NCO category, Sgt. Brian Lydeen took first in the NCO category, and Spc. Micah Lancaster took first in the Soldier category."When the announcement was made, I couldn't believe it," said 1st Sgt. Deb Dahlman, the top enlisted member of the 132nd Army Band who selected Terrell, Lydeen and Lancaster for the competition. "I was so happy, I cried."
A public affairs specialist with the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing has received two awards in the National Guard Bureau Media Contest.Senior Airman Andrea F. Rhode received a second place award in the Commentary category for a column on 9/11, and a third place award for a news article on collaborative emergency response training with the Wisconsin National Guard and civilian authorities.