Contact Information

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

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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May 15, 2015Pima Community College Chancellor honored by Department of Defense with Patriot Award

TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, announced May 13 Chancellor Lee lambert, Pima Community College was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of veterans and students serving in the Arizona Guard and Reserve.

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PHOENIX ­– Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, has selected 30 employers as finalists for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.  Two of these finalists are from the State of Arizona. Learn More.
April 08, 2015National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of March 31, 2015
The Department of Defense announced an increase in activated National Guard and reserve component members this week for the Marine Corps Reserve, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, while the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, and Navy Reserve announced a decrease of activated members. Coast Guard Reserve numbers did not change from last week. The net collective result is a decrease of 87 activated National Guard and reserve component members in comparison to last week. Learn More.