Wisconsin’s nominations for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award have been announced.  57 Wisconsin Service members have nominated their employers for the highest honor.  Locally, the Oakdale Electric Cooperative in Oakdale and the Farmland Management Services of Warrens have been nominated along with Ho-Chunk Gaming in Black River Falls and the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Oxford.  The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to recognize exceptional support from the employer community.