A Department of Defense agency just announced the recipients of the Employer Support Freedom Award.

This is a big deal, since the U.S. is asking a lot from members of the National Guard and Reserve, often serving multiple deployments under fire.

This is a burden for the companies where the troops work also, and the Department of Defense folks are showing their appreciation for that with the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award. It’s a big deal, and for more, check out www.FreedomAward.mil. Here’s the list of the 2011 recipients:

3M Company   St. Paul, Minn.
Ameren Missouri   St. Louis
Burt County Sheriff’s Office   Tekamah, Neb.
CSX Transportation   Jacksonville, Fla.
Electrical Contractors Inc.   Omaha, Neb.
Ford Motor Company   Dearborn, Mich.
Hanson Professional Services Inc.   Springfield, Ill.
Integrity Applications Incorporated   Chantilly, Va.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department   Santa Ana, Calif.
Principal Financial Group   Des Moines, Iowa
Qwest Communications, Denver, Colo., acquired by CenturyLink, Inc.   Monroe, La.
St. John’s Lutheran Church   Yankton, S.D.
State Employees’ Credit Union   Raleigh, N.C.
Town of Gilbert   Gilbert, Ariz.
Wells Fargo & Company, San Francisco