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 Mr. Anthony Morrison Training Director
Mr. Larry Jacobs Northern Area Chair Mr. Mitch Wentzel
Military Outreach Director
Mr. Ross Orvik
Southern Area Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Mike Phillips
Public Affairs Director
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Central Area Employer Outreach Director
Ms. Carol Smetana
Employer Outreach Director
Ms. Rebecca Drabent
Western Area Chair
Mr. Patrick McDermott
Central Area Chair
Mr. John Chernoski
Southern Area Chair


  

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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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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August 23, 2019DOD Honors Employers of Guardsmen, Reservists

WASHINGTON – Fifteen private-sector and municipal employers received the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award at a Pentagon ceremony for providing exceptional support to their employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves.

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June 17, 2019Department of Defense Announces 2019 Recipients of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense announced the 15 recipients of the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees. Learn More.

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