Eastman recognized for sustained support of U.S. National Guard and Reserves

KINGSPORT, Tenn., Mar. 5, 2018 – Eastman has received the Extraordinary Employer Support Award from the Department of Defense program, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). This is only the second time a company in Tennessee has been selected to receive this special recognition. Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Jim Mungenast, ESGR state chair, presented the award to Eastman in a Kingsport ceremony today.

“I’m so pleased to recognize Eastman for its exemplary, continued support of its employees who serve our nation in the National Guard and Reserves,” said Mungenast. This award is a way to honor the leadership and employees of Eastman for continuing to create a welcoming and supportive environment for your active guard soldiers and reservists.”

“Success in our business takes discipline, courageous leadership, a bias for action, integrity, and a steadfast commitment to safety,” said Mark Costa, Eastman’s board chair and chief executive officer. “The military veterans, guard soldiers and reservists that we’re honored to have as Eastman team members represent those traits, and more. We don’t just value their service, we value what they bring to Eastman, and we’re honored and humbled to receive this award.”

ESGR’s Extraordinary Employer Support Award was created to recognize sustained employer support of National Guard and Reserve service. Only prior recipients of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award or the Pro Patria Award, who have demonstrated sustained support for three years after receiving one of those awards, are eligible for consideration at the committee level. Subsequent awards may be given in three-year increments from the initial award.

“As an Eastman retired employee, who served all my 21-plus years in both the Army Reserves and National Guard, I can say from personal experience that Eastman has been and continues to truly be a military friendly company,” said Jerry Bush, Northeast Tennessee ESGR committee vice chair.

In 2008 Eastman received the Tennessee Pro Patria Award; and in 2013 was recognized nationally as one of 15 companies receiving the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

“We continue to achieve our growth strategy because of the excellent leadership of our innovative workforce that brings the best ideas to the table,” said Perry Stuckey, senior vice president and chief human resources officer. Veterans bring numerous and valuable skillsets to our company, and we have a great legacy from the significant contributions they’ve made to our organization. It’s an honor to receive this award on behalf of all our Eastman team members across the nation, and to be recognized for our commitment to ensuring veterans and active duty guard soldiers and reservists are supported and feel welcomed in our company.”

Recently, Eastman also earned the 2018 Military Friendly® Employer and Top 10 Brand designations by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM, and Military Spouses.

Visit our Military and Veteran Support page on Eastman.com to learn more about the programs that contributed to earning this award.

About Eastman:
Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries and had 2017 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,500 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

About ESGR:
ESGR is a volunteer-led and volunteer-centric Department of Defense program within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. The program was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 3,750 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Together with Headquarters ESGR staff and a small cadre of support staff for each State Committee, volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve. About Military Friendly® Employers: The Military Friendly® Employers list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for thousands of federal contractors nationwide, input of military employees, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Employers survey from participating companies. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Data calculations and tabulations were independently evaluated for completeness and accuracy by EY. The survey is administered for free and is open to companies that have hired veterans in the past 12 months. Criteria for consideration can be found at: https://militaryfriendly.com.

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From left: Jerry Bush, Northeast Tennessee ESGR Committee Vice Chair; Etta Clark, Eastman Vice President of Global Public Affairs & Policy; Todd Akard, Eastman Recruiter; CeeGee McCord, Eastman Director Global Public & Community Affairs; Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Jim Mungenast, ESGR State Chair; Perry Stuckey, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer; Brandon Horne, Eastman Operator & EVETS Resource Group lead; Alex Green, Eastman Operator Apprentice



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