The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve has recognized a life insurer for its efforts to support citizen soldiers.

The ESGR, an arm of the U.S. Defense Department, has given its 2006 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award to Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, Minneapolis.

Allianz Life, a unit of Allianz A.G., Munich, is one of 15 companies to receive the 2006 award but the only insurer on the recipient list.

Another 2006 award recipient, Computer Sciences Corp., El Segundo, Calif., is a major insurance technology services vendor.