Contact Information

Scott Essex Volunteer Support Technician 5636 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix AZ 85008
480-250-4902
scott.r.essex.ctr@mail.mil

Valerie Speltz Program Support Specialist 5636 E McDowell Road
Phoenix AZ 85008
602-629-4031
valerie.l.speltz.ctr@mail.mil

Arizona

Committee Leadership

Mr. Dan Irving State Chair Mrs. Rebecca Elliott Ombudsman Director
Mr. Patrick Kuykendall State Vice Chair Mr. Anthony Morrison Training Director
Mr. Larry Jacobs Northern Area Chair Mr. Mitch Wentzel
Military Outreach Director
Mr. Ross Orvik
Southern Area Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Mike Phillips
Public Affairs Director
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Central Area Employer Outreach Director
Ms. Carol Smetana
Employer Outreach Director
Ms. Rebecca Drabent
Western Area Chair
Mr. Patrick McDermott
Central Area Chair
Mr. John Chernoski
Southern Area Chair


  

Welcome! Arizona Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (AZESGR) is a Department of Defense office dedicated to promoting a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees who also serve in the National Guard and Reserve. 

AZ ESGR is led and operated by a staff of 63 volunteers and four full time staff working throughout the Grand Canyon State to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the Uniformed Services Employment Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), resolving conflicts through mediation, and connecting military service members and veterans with employment resources. 

The AZ ESGR committee strives to uphold the “We all Serve” motto by creating and maintaining relationships with Arizona employers and service members through programs such as Military Outreach, Employer Outreach, Mediation, and Employment programs. Our mission is to assist both employers and reserve component members equally.

We welcome you to explore our website and invite you to contact us should you have any questions. Our volunteers come from all walks of life; therefore we welcome anyone interested in volunteering with the Arizona ESGR to contact us.

News

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March 12, 2019Department of Defense Announces 30 Finalists for the 2019 Employer Support Freedom Award
WASHINGTON ­– Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The finalists represent large and small employers, as well as public sector organizations. ESGR received 2,415 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.  Learn More.
February 28, 2019DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NAMES SEMIFINALISTS FOR 2019 TOP EMPLOYER AWARD

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) program, has identified 135 employers as semifinalists for the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, commonly referred to as the Freedom Award.

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November 30, 20182019 FREEDOM AWARD NOMINATION SEASON CLOSES SOON
WASHINGTON – It’s time to break the internet with accolades and kudos for the most supportive employer out there!  Only thirty-one days remain to nominate your employer for the 2019 Freedom Award! Learn More.

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