SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- PG&E Corporation announced
today that it has been awarded the 2003 National Freedom
Award by the U.S. Department of Defense's Employer Support
of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The award is given
annually to 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.
"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 comrades."
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
In World War I, 606 -- 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 members continues to this day through
its policies and strong commitment at the highest levels
of the company. After the tragedies of September 11,
2001, PG&E Corporation activated an emergency military
leave policy so that Guard Members and Reservists deployed
after that date 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 ever since.
Eighteen PG&E Corporation employees are presently
on active duty with orders to support military and peacekeeping
operations around the world. Reservists include front-line
soldiers such as U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Richard
Stockand, currently mobilized under operation Enduring
Freedom. "I have personally operated in several theaters,
for long hours, under adverse conditions, knowing that
my employer is taking care of my personal needs," 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."
Mr. Glynn and PG&E reservists will accept the 2003
National Freedom Award on November 14, 2003, in Washington,
D.C., at the ESGR award ceremony.
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.