Cayuse Tech Honored for Guard Support

June 2012, CUJ

ARLINGTON, Va. – Cayuse Technologies was among three Oregon employers selected as semifinalists for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

The company owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation was one of 133 semifinalists from among 3,236 nominees received earlier in the year. It was not, however, chosen as one of the 30 finalists.

The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the Department of Defense to employers for exceptional support of their National Guard and Reserve employees. A review board comprised of military and civilian leaders selected the 30 top employers from the nominations received earlier this year from National Guard and Reserve service members, or family members acting on their behalf.

In late April, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, announced the three Oregon semi-finalists.

In addition to Cayuse Technologies, Oregon semifinalists included Clackamas Community College in Oregon City and the Hermiston Wal-Mart store.

Employers chosen as semifinalists support their Guard and Reserve employees through a variety of formal and informal initiatives, including developing internal military support networks, providing full benefits to employees fulfilling their military obligations, caring for the families of deployed employees, and granting additional leave to Guard and Reserve employees preparing to leave for or return from deployments.

This story originally appeared in the CUJ. The Confederated Umatilla Journal is the monthly newspaper of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Oregon.