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News Release

BNSF is First to Receive New Award from the Texas National Guard

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 1, 2009:

BNSF Railway today announced that it was the first recipient of the Texas National Guard's Texas Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Prominence Award. The award was presented at ESGR's annual March banquet honoring companies for their continuous outstanding support to their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve and the ESGR Committee.

"BNSF is honored to receive this recognition. These men and women are a special asset because of their dedication to both our nation and our company," said John H. Wesley III, BNSF's Manager of Military Staffing. "Supporting our employees, their families and the communities in which we operate is a top priority for BNSF."

The ESGR Prominence Award is a new award that recognizes those employers who have achieved a position of prominence with their consistently unmatched support for their Guard and Reserve employees, and who have previously received ESGR's other highest awards.

BNSF has long been recognized for its commitment to and support of America's citizen soldiers, having received the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, Pro Patria Award and more than one Above and Beyond Award. In addition, a number of BNSF employees have received Patriot Awards.

All ESGR awards are the result of an employee's nomination of the award recipient, indicative of the employee-service member's appreciation for the support and cooperation of the company, enabling people to fulfill their military commitments.

The Texas ESGR Committee is one of 54 field committees organized in the United States and territories by the U.S. Department of Defense to assist and work with employers on Guard and Reserve issues. Texas has the largest state ESGR committee, with more than 220 active volunteers.

About BNSF

A subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (NYSE:BNI), BNSF Railway Company operates one of the largest North American rail networks, with about 32,000 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is among the world's top transporters of intermodal traffic, moves more grain than any other American railroad, carries the components of many of the products we depend on daily, and hauls enough low-sulfur coal to generate about ten percent of the electricity produced in the United States. BNSF is an industry leader in Web-enabling a variety of customer transactions at www.bnsf.com.

BNSF Headquarters
BNSF Railway Company
2650 Lou Menk Dr. 2nd Floor
Fort Worth, TX 76131-2830
P.O. Box 961057
Fort Worth, TX 76161-0057
Phone: (817) 352-1000


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