Contact Information

Gary Aten Volunteer Support Technician 1620 E. Saginaw St
Lansing MI 48912
517-885-2251
gary.d.aten.ctr@mail.mil

Michael L. Peplinski Program Support Specialist 29080 Wilbur Wright Blvd Building 50 Room 201
Selfridge ANGB MI 48045
586-239-3747
michael.l.peplinski2.ctr@mail.mil

Michigan

Committee Leadership

Mr. Mel Bauman State Chair Mr. Pete Pallas Ombudsman Director
Mr. Bart Buechner Vice Chair Mr. Paul Ryan Military Outreach Director
Mr. Pete Pallas North Area Chair Ms. Angela Shelby Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Paul DeSander East Area Chair Mr. Darryle Johnson SE Area Chair
Mr. John Baxter West Area Chair Ms. Angela Shelby Central Area Chair
Ms. Pam Basal UP Area Chair

  

ESGR, a Department of Defense office, is comprised of dedicated and trained volunteers and staff. We will develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members.

ESGR informs and educates service members and their civilian employers regarding their rights and responsibilities governed by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). ESGR does not have statutory authority to enforce, but serves as a neutral, free resource to employers and service members. ESGR’s trained ombudsmen provide mediation of issues relating to compliance with USERRA.

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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