Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. received the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award on Aug. 26 in a ceremony at the Pentagon.

The Freedom Award, which is the nation’s highest honor given to employers for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees, was given to 15 companies out of more than 2,400 nominations.

Akron-based Goodyear is the first tire and rubber industry manufacturer to receive the award. The company was recognized based on its strong military support that included:

• Hiring 1,000 veterans, reservists and guardsmen and women  from 2011-2014 and renewed that commitment in 2015.

• Raising more than $6 million the last six years through the annual “Support Our Troops” campaign.

• Fostering a culture of support for veterans, reservists and guardsmen and women in the workplace.