Contact Information

Bruce Hamilton Program Support Technician 5500 E. Valencia
Tucson AZ 85706

Lawrence Wise Program Support Specialist 5636 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix AZ 85008-3495

Krista Titus Administrative Support Technician 5636 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix AZ 85008

Scott Essex Employment Coordinator 5636 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix AZ 85008


Committee Leadership

Mr. Darren Venters Interim State Chair
Mr. Al Shipley State Vice-Chair
Mr. Larry Jacobs Northern Area Chair
Mr. John Chernoski Southern Area Chair
Mr. Steven Yamamori Central Area Chair
Mrs. Sharon Spane Employment Outreach Director
Mrs. Rebecca Elliott Ombudsman Director
Mr. Chuck Schluter Training Director
Mr. Ed Mangan Military Outreach Director
Mr. Sven Olson Public Affairs Director


Welcome! Arizona Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (AZESGR) is a Department of Defense office dedicated to promoting a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees who also serve in the National Guard and Reserve. 

AZ ESGR is led and operated by a staff of 63 volunteers and four full time staff working throughout the Grand Canyon State 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 (USERRA), resolving conflicts through mediation, and connecting military service members and veterans with employment resources. 

The AZ ESGR committee strives to uphold the “We all Serve” motto by creating and maintaining relationships with Arizona employers and service members through programs such as Military Outreach, Employer Outreach, Mediation, and Employment programs. Our mission is to assist both employers and reserve component members equally.

We welcome you to explore our website and invite you to contact us should you have any questions. Our volunteers come from all walks of life; therefore we welcome anyone interested in volunteering with the Arizona ESGR to contact us.


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February 24, 2015National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of February 10, 2015
Washington - The Army National Guard and Marine Corps Reserve announced an increase activated National Guard members and reservists this week, while the, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve announced a decrease of activated National Guard members and reservists. Coast Guard Reserve numbers did not change from last week. The net collective result is a decrease of 429activated National Guard members and reservists in comparison to last week. Learn More.
February 17, 2015"State of the State" with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. – During a luncheon hosted by the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce, six Southern Arizona Guard and Reserve commanders had the opportunity to meet the newly elected Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey and join him for his “State of the State” presentation to local business and government leaders.

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