Gate City Bank honored with 2022 Freedom Award

The award will be presented in September.

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FARGO — Gate City Bank has been selected for the 2022 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award – the highest honor given by the U.S. government to employers for exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve members.

Each year, this prestigious honor is awarded to only 15 employers in the nation. Gate City Bank was selected out of 2,777 nominated employers throughout the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

“At Gate City Bank, we’re incredibly honored to receive the Freedom Award,” said Kevin Hanson, president and CEO of Gate City Bank. “It’s an honor and a privilege to support our team members who serve in the Guard and Reserve, and we’re thankful for the opportunity to make a difference for service members and their loved ones throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. These heroes deserve our support for all they do to defend and serve our great country.”

The Freedom Award began in 1996 with only 310 honorees to date. Winners are recognized for going above and beyond to support National Guard and Reserve employees with enhanced pay and benefit packages, flexible scheduling, generous leave policies and support before and after deployment.

Gate City Bank was nominated for the award by Sgt. Bleau Hoge, a member of the North Dakota Army National Guard who is employed at Gate City Investment Services in Bismarck.


“I have served in the military for six years, and I have always been proud of serving my country," Hoge said. "Other soldiers are always in disbelief when I tell them about the benefits that I am provided with Gate City Bank. They take great care to ensure that all service members – team members, customers and everyone in between – are treated with respect, dignity and honor.”

Gate City Bank provides team members who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces with continued full pay when they are activated for any reason including training, deployments and special assignments. Additionally, the bank provides uninterrupted benefits and two weeks of paid time off to spend time with family and relax before returning to work following deployments.

The Freedom Award will be formally presented to Gate City Bank in Fargo in September.

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