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Department of Defense selects Craig McKinley as Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve National Chair

  • Department 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.

McKinley previously served as the 26th Chief of the National Guard Bureau, becoming the first four-star general in the National Guard and leading the organization from 2008 until his retirement in 2012. McKinley then served as president of the Air Force Association until 2015, when he became the president of the National Defense Industrial Association.

Of McKinley’s appointment, current ESGR National Chair Paul Mock said he “could not be more humbled to be followed by someone of such character and quality.  He is perfectly equipped to lead the ESGR team into the future.”

ESGR’s national chair is an official DoD volunteer position that provides leadership and vision to more than 4,000 volunteers spanning all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

“It is an honor to continue to serve our National Guard and Reserve community,” said McKinley. “The work ESGR does is invaluable to Reserve Component members and the employers who support them throughout their military commitments.”

About ESGR

ESGR is a DoD program that seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, and helping resolve potential conflicts between employers and their employees who are service members. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective, and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.

For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit