Contact Information

Rebecca Jacob Volunteer Support Technician 4474 S. Dehaviland St Bldg. 668
Boise ID 83705

Forest Clemons Program Support Specialist 4474 S. Dehaviland St Bldg. 668
Boise ID 83705


Committee Leadership

Ms. Cindy Reese State Chair Mr. Tom Obstarczyk Ombudsman Director
VACANT State Vice Chair Mr. Vern Murray/Ms. Corrine Dionisio Public Affairs Director
Mr. Bryan Bledsoe Area 1 Chair Mr. Richard Aman Awards Director
Mr. Mike Wigen Area 2 Chair Mr. Jeff Gardner/Ms. Lisa Tornabene Employer Outreach Director
Ms. Karla Draper Area 3 Chair Ms. Linda Eisele Bosslift Coordinator
Mr. Gary Thomas Area 4 Chair Mr. Steve Eisele Military Outreach Director
Mr. Jeff Newgard Area 5 Chair


ESGR, a Department of Defense office, is comprised of dedicated and trained volunteers and staff. We will develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members.

ESGR informs and educates service members and their civilian employers regarding their rights and responsibilities governed by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). ESGR does not have statutory authority to enforce, but serves as a neutral, free resource to employers and service members. ESGR’s trained ombudsmen provide mediation of issues relating to compliance with USERRA.


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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.
March 12, 2019Department of Defense Announces 30 Finalists for the 2019 Employer Support Freedom Award
WASHINGTON ­– Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The finalists represent large and small employers, as well as public sector organizations. ESGR received 2,415 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.  Learn More.