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Committee Leadership

Mr. Dennis Klein State Chair
Mr. Daniel Hitchcock State Vice Chair
Mr. Joseph Bell Awards Director
Vacant Training Director
Mr. Les Cochenour Military Outreach Director
Mr. Lon D. Getlin Employer Outreach Director
Ms. Susan Schenk Public Affairs Director
Mr. Greg Malkasian Volunteer Coordinator
Ms. Dianne Nordhaus Ombudsman Director
Mr. Art McCallum Area 1 Chair
Mr. Robert Windus Area 2 Chair
Mr. Fritz McReynolds Area 3 Chair
Mr. Keith Schwartz Area 4 Chair
Mr. James Cunningham Area 5 Chair
Mr. Jack Johnson Area 6 Chair
Mr. Mike Kalberg Area 7 Chair
Mr. Greg Malkasian Area 8 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.

Contact Information

Cecil Owens Volunteer Support Technician PO Box 14350
Salem OR 97309

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September 30, 2021Freedom Award Nomination Season Now Open

WASHINGTON – Do you have a story to tell about how exceptional your employer’s support is to Guard and Reserve service members?  If your employer goes above and beyond in their support for Guardsmen or Reservists, nominate them for the 2022 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award!

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September 01, 2021Coordinated Care of Washington and its CEO/President honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

TACOMA, Wash.  – From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oregon National Guard has been providing assistance to Oregonians and beyond.

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July 26, 2021ESGR Announces 2021 James M. Roche Spirit of Volunteerism Award Recipients

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of the James M. Roche Spirit of Volunteerism Award. The recipients are ESGR volunteers nominated by their respective ESGR State Committee Chairs for their exceptional contributions to ESGR’s mission over a sustained period of time.

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