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SECDEF Employer Support Freedom Award due 31 December

Maj. Chris Higgins and Lt. Col. Laura Madden, 12th Operational Weather Flight, explains their weather prediction roles to civilian employers visiting Scott Air Force Base, Illinois on October 13, 2018. The event was Boss Day and employers were the guests.  

They learned that the Air Force has always been the backup agency for the Storm Prediction Center (SPC). Historically, it was on May 1, 2009 that the mission came to the 15th Operational Weather Squadron. 

The SPC handed off support to Airmen like Maj. Higgins on 26 March that year, and even though SPC has a lot of other weather speciality products they produce, the ones that 12 OWF are in charge of are the convective outlooks days and weather watches. SPC is located in Norman, Oklahoma, so if they ever have to shelter for a tornado the Storm Prediction Center backup team is called in to take over. Maj. Higgins spent time on the phones with weather managers in various states during the event. Boss Day showed off various areas of the 932nd Airlift Wing and Scott Air Force Base.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

Maj. Chris Higgins and Lt. Col. Laura Madden, 12th Operational Weather Flight, explains their weather prediction roles to civilian employers visiting Scott Air Force Base, Illinois on October 13, 2018. The event was Boss Day and employers were the guests. They learned that the Air Force has always been the backup agency for the Storm Prediction Center (SPC). Historically, it was on May 1, 2009 that the mission came to the 15th Operational Weather Squadron. The SPC handed off support to Airmen like Maj. Higgins on 26 March that year, and even though SPC has a lot of other weather speciality products they produce, the ones that 12 OWF are in charge of are the convective outlooks days and weather watches. SPC is located in Norman, Oklahoma, so if they ever have to shelter for a tornado the Storm Prediction Center backup team is called in to take over. Maj. Higgins spent time on the phones with weather managers in various states during the event. Boss Day showed off various areas of the 932nd Airlift Wing and Scott Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- As a reminder for reservists who work in the private industry.


Nomination season for the SECDEF Employer Support Freedom Award is open till 31 December 2018.  This award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Each year, Guard and Reserve employees, or a family member acting on their behalf, have the opportunity to nominate their employer for the Employer Support Freedom Award. 


Reservists can  nominate their civilian employer during nomination season (October 1-December 31 each year) by logging on to www.FreedomAward.mil and clicking Nominate Employer at the top of the page.