Chantilly, Virginia – Integrity Applications Incorporated (IAI) was honored with the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award during a ceremony at The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C on Sept. 22, 2011. The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the Department of Defense (DoD) to large, small, and public sector employers for their exceptional support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.
On hand to accept the award was IAI Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO Joseph L. Brickey, co-founders Steven M. Wear, Kenneth A. Abeloe and Paul J. Frommelt, COO William S. Jugus, President David J. Dzaran, Senior Vice President Victor C. See Jr., Vice President of DoD and Civil Programs Daniel E. Crisp, and Vice President of National Programs Michael J. Rigo. IAI System Engineer and US Air Force Reserve Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Darryl W. Brayman, who nominated IAI for Freedom Award recognition, was also on hand to represent IAI.
“This is an incredible honor and all of us at IAI are very grateful to be recognized with a 2011 Freedom Award,” said Brickey. “However, we are even more honored to serve those who serve in our nation’s military, National Guard and Reserve. Each one of us at IAI supports our national defense through our work on our customer’s important missions. Supporting Reservists and their families, hiring veterans and working with military and veteran’s charities and organizations are other important ways that we all serve.”
IAI was one of 15 companies to be honored at the 2011 ceremony, which included 3M, Ford Motor Company and Wells Fargo & Company. Secretary of Defense William Perry authorized the first award in 1996. In the years since, a total of 145 employers have received this prestigious award.
Of IAI employees, 44 percent are veterans, including four of the six members of the Board of Directors and three of the four founders. IAI offers flexible work schedules to help reserve component members meet their drilling and military schooling obligations, and finds ways to support families of deployed service members.
According to the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), “The Freedom Award recipients distinguish themselves by going to extraordinary lengths to support their military employees… Since September 11, 2001, more than 820,000 Guard and Reserve service members have been activated, with almost one-half of the total U.S. military strength residing in the Guard and Reserve. Employers across America continue to provide significant support to their employees in the Guard and Reserve, despite ongoing combat operations and reduced workforces during an uncertain economy. This year more than 4,000 Guard and Reserve members nominated employers for exceptional support.”
The ceremony was attended by members of Congress, senior military officials, company executives and CEOs and the Guard and Reserve members who nominated the recipients for the award. The Freedom Award honorees were also given the opportunity to meet privately with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta earlier in the day.
Coinciding with the ceremony, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation declaring Sept. 18 – 24, 2011 as National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week.
“The employers who provide jobs to our Guard and Reserve members when they are home are also vital to our success,” said President Obama. “Many of these businesses go above and beyond, offering tremendous support to service members and their families during deployments. We are deeply grateful for their work, and this week, we celebrate not only our service members, veterans, and military families, but also their devoted employers.”