CSU earns highest DoD employer award

Colorado Springs Utilities was one of 15 employers nationwide to receive the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

The award is the highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of National Guard and military Reserve employees. More than 2,899 companies were nominated by the National Guard members and Reservists they employ.

“I commend and thank the 15 recipients of the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for providing exceptional support to our Citizen Warriors,” said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. “So many of our nation’s employers are finding ways to contribute to our nation’s security, but these employers stand out for their commitment to our Guardsmen and Reservists. They have the gratitude and thanks of the entire Department of Defense.”

Colorado Springs Utilities was nominated by a member of the Navy Reserve. The nominator reported Colorado Springs Utilities supports their National Guard and Reserve Service members by hosting workshops about employment opportunities and applying military skills to the civilian workforce. Of the company’s 1,800 employees, 360 are veterans and 80 are members of the National Guard and Reserve. The nominator reported Colorado Springs Utilities once held a position open for 10 months to allow a deployed service member to interview for it upon his return.

DaVita Inc., a kidney dialysis company headquartered in Denver, was the only other Colorado company to earn the award.