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G.I. Jobs Names Oshkosh Defense a Top Military-Friendly Employer

OSHKOSH, Wis. (Nov. 23, 2010) – Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has been named one of G.I. Jobs’ 2011 Top 100 Military-Friendly Employers. The annual list recognizes companies for their efforts to recruit and support military employees. Oshkosh employs more than 300 active-duty military members and many retired veterans.

“Members of the Armed Forces are at the heart of what we do every day,” said Andy Hove, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “They rely on our vehicles in the field, and are an integral part of our workforce. We understand the valuable experience gained during military service, and we have a history of actively seeking out veterans, Guard members and Reservists in our recruiting efforts. As a veteran, I know our well-supported military personnel have made us a better company, and allow us to better serve our customers.”

In creating the list, G.I. Jobs focuses on a company’s military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, and policies toward National Guard and Reserve service. With a strong commitment to these areas, Oshkosh made the list from a sample of more than 5,000 companies.

For years, Oshkosh has adopted policies to make the company a welcoming place for employees who have prior military service, as well as active members of the Guard and Reserve. The company’s comprehensive military-leave program includes: a paid differential to employees who are called up to active military duty; time off for Reservists for yearly training; and programs that help employees and their families stay in touch with deployed loved ones. In 2008, Oshkosh was awarded the Freedom Award from the US Department of Defense, the highest recognition given by the government to employers for support of employees who serve in the National Guard and the Reserve. That same year, Oshkosh also received two awards at the state level from the Wisconsin Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the Above and Beyond Award and the Pro Patria Award, which is the highest honor given at the state level for companies that adopt policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and Reserve.

About Oshkosh Defense
Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection. For more information, visit oshkoshdefense.com.

About Oshkosh Corporation
Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

®, ™ All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

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