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PG&E CORP. HONORED WITH A 2003 NATIONAL FREEDOM AWARD IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

PG&E Corporation recognized for "above and beyond" leave policies and a history of support for National Guard and Reserve employees

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - At a ceremony today at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C., the U.S. Department of Defense's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) presented PG&E Corporation with a 2003 National Freedom Award. Given annually, the award recognizes employers who demonstrate exceptional support of employee members of the Guard and Reserve. PG&E Corporation is the winner of the western regional Freedom Award, joining four other winners representing other parts of the country. The awards were presented by Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz.

"This award is an honor for our company and a tribute to the men and women who volunteer to put their lives on the line through their service in our armed forces," said PG&E Corporation Chairman, CEO and President Robert D. Glynn, Jr. "We continue to be grateful for their extraordinary commitment and actions and look forward to the safe return of all of our deployed reservists and their fellow soldiers."

Glynn also joined President Bush at the White House today for the signing of proclamations declaring the week of November 17 to November 23, 2003, as Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week.

The ESGR selected PG&E Corporation for the National Freedom Award in light of the Corporation's historic support of Guard Members and Reservists throughout the last century and the steadfast commitment the company shows today.

In World War I, 606 PG&E employees -- more than 10 percent of Pacific Gas and Electric Company's employees – served in the military or in the Red Cross. In World War II, one-sixth of the utility's men and women served in the armed forces, a total of 2,700 in all. The company made and kept the promise to re-hire all of its returning citizen soldiers.

The Corporation's support of its employee Guard Members and Reservists continues to this day through its policies and strong commitment at the highest levels of the company. After September 11, 2001, PG&E Corporation activated an emergency military leave policy so that Guard Members and Reservists deployed under executive orders would receive the difference between military pay and regular salary, along with the full range of benefits for themselves and their dependents. Based on the status of current U.S. military operations and workforce need, PG&E Corporation has kept the policy in effect.

During this time, 29 PG&E Corporation employees have served in support of military and peacekeeping operations around the world. Presently, 11 PG&E Corporation employees remain on active duty.

Reservists include front-line soldiers such as U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Richard Stockand, who recently returned from active duty. "I have personally operated in several theaters, for long hours, under adverse conditions, knowing that my employer is standing behind me," said Master Sergeant Stockand. "Without that support, the volunteer spirit would diminish. I can only say that personnel programs like the ones offered by PG&E Corporation have made several military operations successful."

The ESGR is an agency within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. It was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between reservists and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. Regional Employer Support Freedom Awards are selected annually by an Awards Board of nearly 100 ESGR members.


 

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