Contact Information

Scott Essex Volunteer Support Technician 5636 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix AZ 85008
602-267-2404
scott.r.essex.ctr@mail.mil

Valerie Speltz Program Support Specialist 5636 E McDowell Road
Phoenix AZ 85008
602-629-4031
valerie.l.speltz.ctr@mail.mil

Arizona

Committee Leadership

Mr. Dan Irving State Chair Mrs. Rebecca Elliott Ombudsman Director
Mr. Patrick Kuykendall State Vice Chair Vacant Training Director
Mr. Larry Jacobs Northern Area Chair Mr. Dallas Williams
Military Outreach Director
Mr. Ross Orvik
Southern Area Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Mike Phillips
Public Affairs Director
Vacant
Central Area Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Mitch Wentzel
Employer Outreach Director
Ms. Rebecca Drabent
Western Area Chair
Mr. Bill Adams
Central Area Chair
Mr. John Chernoski
Southern Area Chair
Mrs. Jenn Liddy
Volunteer Management Coordinator

  

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.

News

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March 26, 2020Department of Defense Announces 2020 Employer Support Freedom Award Finalists
WASHINGTON - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2020 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The finalists include small and large private and public sector employers, nominated by a National Guard or Reserve employee in their organization. ESGR received 2,623 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout the 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and District of Columbia.
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March 24, 2020COVID-19 and USERRA: Resources and Frequently Asked Questions for Service Members and Employers
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is providing the following Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment RIghts Act (USERRA) resources and Frequently Asked Questions to help both Service members and employers understand their rights and responsibilities, and to address potential COVID-19 related impacts.
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November 18, 2019Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Recognizes 2018 Volunteers of Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recognized the 2018 Volunteers of the Year (VOTY) during the National Leadership Meeting Nov. 15. Volunteers who serve in following functional and operational areas were nominated by their respective State Committee for the prestigious honor of being named Volunteer of the Year: Military Outreach, Employer Outreach, Public Affairs, Training, Ombudsman, and Operational.

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