Contact Information

Schwarm, Kenneth Volunteer Support Technician BLDG 3
Camp Murray WA

Moynahan, Marie Program Support Specialist Building 6224


Committee Leadership

Mr. John Patterson State Chair Mr. Ralph Lundberg West Central Chair
Mr. Phil Sanders State Vice Chair VACANT West Central Co-Chair
Mr. Ty Corbett East Area Chair Mr. Burt Backman Awards Director
Ms. Judy West East Central Co-Chair VACANT Employer Outreach Director
Mr. James "Jim" Rabideau East Central Co-Chair Mr. Ohad Lowy Military Outreach Director
Mr. Phil Sanders King County Chair Mr. Gerald Caldwell Ombudsman Director
Mr. John Natterstad North Area Chair Mr. Larry Kirchner Asst. Ombudsman Director
Mr. Art McCallum South Chair Mr. Ohad Lowy Public Affairs Director
Mr. Wayne Hilton South Sound Co-Chair Ms. Susan "Susie" Coulter Training Director
Ms. Susan "Susie" Coulter South Sound Co-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.

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May 21, 2019Alaska Air Cargo manager receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

SEATAC, Wash. – Mary Quantrell, general manager for Alaska Air Cargo at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, was presented with a Patriot Award May 16 by Larry Kirchner, military outreach representative for the Washington State Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee, in recognition of her extraordinary support of an employee who serves in the United States Air Force Reserve.

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May 12, 2019Mount Spokane Insurance owner receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

MEAD, Wash. – When Stephen Wilson, owner of Mount Spokane Insurance, supports his employee who serves in the Washington Air National Guard, he is not only doing it because it is the right thing to do, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, commonly referred to as USERRA, requires employers to be accommodating of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves Components. 

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May 09, 2019Washington State ESGR honors employers at annual awards banquet

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve Committee, a Department of Defense program whose mission is to educate reserve component members of their employment rights and responsibilities and recognizes supportive employers, recently held its Annual Plans and Awards Meeting (APAM) at the Red Lion-Olympia.

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