Greencastle Receives ESGR’s Secretary of Defense Freedom Award
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced that Greencastle Associates Consulting, LLC is the small business recipient of the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) “Freedom Award.” This is the highest honor that the Department of Defense awards to employers for support of their National Guard and Reserve employees. This award culminates twenty-one proud years of support for our Guard and Reserve personnel. Employers can only be nominated by Guard and Reserve employees or a family member acting on their behalf. In 2018, Greencastle was humbled to receive a nomination by Major Troy Beane of the Pennsylvania National Guard, who is currently deployed to the middle east.
ESGR received nominations from 2,350 different employers in three categories: small employer, large employer and public sector. From there, ESGR committees in all 50 states, Guam-Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia review nominations and submit recommendations that produce a list of 30 Finalists, which was announced in March. A national selection board comprised of senior Department of Defense officials, business leaders and prior awardees then selects up to 15 employers to receive the Secretary’s prestigious award.
One of ESGR’s small business winners, Greencastle is proud to be a 100% veteran owned consulting firm that hires top notch veterans, guard and reserve personnel to complete mission critical projects for fortune 500 companies. Every one of our employees are veterans, guard or reserve personnel – something that we are extremely proud of.
“Our commitment to the guard and reserve is part of our company – from the very beginning, being in the guard myself.” Says Celwyn Evans, Founding Partner of Greencastle. “Greencastle is focused on hiring veterans, guard and reserve personnel now and well into the future.”
Greencastle is one of two companies from Pennsylvania that received the award in 2018 – this is the first time Pennsylvania produced two winners in the same year. Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania won in the public sector category.
Major Troy Beane says “I nominated Greencastle for the Freedom Award because of the support they provide me and my family during my reserve commitments. I know that when I get back from deployment, I will be taken care of and be able to continue my career without any issues. That is very comforting.”
Greencastle is a previous recipient of the Pro Patria Award, Seven Seals Award, Above and Beyond Award, Extraordinary Employer Support Award and other Pennsylvania specific ESGR awards.
Congratulations to all the winners. This award should not be taken lightly, and Greencastle is humbled by the recognition. We look forward to the ceremony in August and will continue to be a leader in supporting our nation’s volunteers.
About Greencastle Associates Consulting LLC
Greencastle is recognized as the ‘go-to’ firm for the implementation of critical initiatives for energy, telecommunications, and healthcare organizations. We maximize change initiatives for our clients by leveraging our military and professional leadership and the values of our company. Founded by U.S. Army Rangers in 1997, Greencastle specializes in bringing a sense of purpose to the task of furthering the missions of our clients. https://greencastleconsulting.com/
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 that seeks to promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees. ESGR recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of the law, and resolves conflicts through mediation. More information is available at www.esgr.mil.