Contact Information

Parker Sullivan Volunteer Support Technician 2800 Airport Avenue B
Great Falls MT

James Schneider Program Support Specialist Joint Force Headquarters 1956 MT Majo ST
Fort Harrison MT 59636-4789


Committee Leadership

Mr. Dave Kelly State Chair
Mr. Joe Fletcher Military Outreach Director
Mr. Mike Flaherty Training Director
Ms. Ashley Fusaro Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Mike Flaherty  Public Affairs Director
Mr. Byron Erickson  Ombudsman Director


Montana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (MT ESGR) has 26 dedicated volunteers and staff working throughout the Big Sky Country 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, resolving conflicts through mediation, and connecting military service members and veterans with employment resources.

MT ESGR strives to develop and promote a culture in which Montana employers support and value the military service of their employees.  Employers are encouraged to hire Guard and Reserve members who represent drug-free employees and enrich a workplace with leadership and professionalism.  Appreciation for civilian employers is promoted among the Guard and Reserve with nominations for special Department of Defense awards.

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May 23, 2017Department of Defense selects Craig McKinley as Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve National Chair

WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense selected Craig McKinley to become the new national chair of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. McKinley will assume his new position June 1.

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May 02, 2017Specialty Iron Works owner receives Patriot Award

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – Steve Benjamin owner of Specialty Iron Works received a Department of Defense Patriot Award this spring. The award, established by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve was presented on behalf of his civilian employee Sgt. Trenton Larson who is with the Montana Army Reserve.

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April 18, 2017Summit Aviation supervisor receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

BELGRADE, Mont. – Summit Aviation, Inc. Janine Schwahn was nominated by Montana Army National Guard Sgt. Jason Grafel for a Department of Defense Patriot Award. Montana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Military Outreach Director Joe Fletcher presented the award.

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