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Army National Guard Freedom Salute Campaign

What is it?
The Freedom Salute Campaign is one of the largest Army National Guard recognition endeavors in history, designed to publicly acknowledge Army National Guard Soldiers and those who supported them during the President’s call to duty for Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.

The campaign workers, predominantly volunteers, in many cases will schedule and plan a homecoming ceremony in an armory or similar setting where they can hang welcome banners and yellow ribbons and have a dynamic welcoming home event. Each Soldier is presented an American flag in a wood display case, a Defender of Freedom certificate, Defender of Freedom medallion, and commemorative coins.

What has the Army done?
The Freedom Salute Campaign began in December 2003 and has recognized over 100,000 deserving Soldiers, Family members, friends, employers, centers of influence, and other very important persons for their contributions since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
This program will continue into the foreseeable future to take further advantage of its positive impact on the recruiting and retention of our Soldiers.

Why is this important to the Army?
The Freedom Salute Campaign is part of our Recruiting and Retention Program. How an organization treats its people is a direct reflection of the values held by the organization. Parents, prospects, other Soldiers, and Army Families watch closely how the Army National Guard treats returning Soldiers. Conducting these Freedom Salute Campaign programs is a wonderful opportunity to increase awareness in the community of the good work being done by National Guard Soldiers. Not only does Soldier recognition directly impact recruiting, but it affects Soldier retention as well. In a recent survey, Soldiers returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom indicated that recognition for their service and sacrifice was one of the most important contributing factors in their decision on further service in the National Guard.

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