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Governor Branstad Presents 2011 Iowa ESGR Governor’s Awards

Signs proclamation designating Iowa Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve Week

September 12, 2011 (Des Moines, Iowa) – The Principal Financial Group® was one of three Iowa employers to receive the Iowa ESGR Governor’s Awards in a ceremony today by Governor Terry Branstad. Dick Rue, chairman of the Iowa Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), and other ESGR officials joined in the ceremony. In addition, Governor Branstad signed a Proclamation designating the week of Sept. 18 – 24 as Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week.

The Iowa ESGR Governor’s Award recognizes the exemplary ways Iowa employers support their National Guard and Reserve employees. One award is presented to employers in three categories: large employer, small employer and the public sector.

Recipients of the 2011 Iowa ESGR Governor’s Awards are:

  • Large Employer: The Principal Financial Group – Des Moines
  • Small Employer: Davis Brown Law Firm – Des Moines
  • Public Sector: Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Department – Buena Vista County

In signing the proclamation, Governor Branstad said, “I am proud to sign this proclamation today honoring three Iowa employers for their unwavering support of our guardsmen and reservists. Iowans are proud of the service the National Guard and Reservists provide, and I thank all citizens, communities and businesses who provide support to our troops and reservists at home and abroad.”

“We are proud of our National Guard and Reserve military members and stand in awe of the sacrifice they make for all of us,” said Dick Rue, chairman of the Iowa Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. “At the same time we recognize that employers are making sacrifices as well.”

This year’s Iowa ESGR Governor’s Award recipients are all companies that were selected to advance as Iowa nominees for the Secretary of Defense’s National Freedom Award. The National Freedom Award is the highest recognition given nationally by ESGR to employers for their support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. The Principal® was selected as one of the 15 national winners of the National Freedom Award and will be recognized at a special award banquet in Washington, D.C. on September 22, 2011.

“We thank Governor Branstad for signing a Proclamation designating Sept. 18-24 as Iowa ESGR week because it is important that the support of all Iowa employers of Guard and Reserve members be recognized,” Rue added.

Guard, Reservists, or their spouses can nominate their employers for an ESGR award at www.iowaesgr.org

ESGR is a Department of Defense agency tasked with gaining and maintaining employer support for those who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. ESGR achieves this mission by providing educational, consulting and mediation services to current and potential employers of Guard and Reserve members. More information about Iowa ESGR is available at: www.iowaesgr.org

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