Contact Information

Cecil Owens Volunteer Support Technician PO Box 14350
Salem OR 97309

James Reith Program Support Specialist 1776 Militia Way PO Box 14350
Salem OR 97309


Committee Leadership

Mr. Dennis Klein State Chair Mr. Art McCallum
Area 1 Chair
Mr. Daniel Hitchcock State Vice Chair Mr. Bruce Thompson
Area 2 Chair
Mr. Joseph Bell Awards Director Mr. Fritz McReynolds
Area 3 Chair
Mr. Danny Deitz
Training Director Mr. Keith Schwartz
Area 4 Chair
Mr. Les Cochenour
Military Outreach Director
Mr. Larry Raaf Area 5 Chair
Mr. Lon D. Getlin Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Jack Johnson
Area 6 Chair
Ms. Susan Schenk Public Affairs Director Mr. Dale Billups
Area 7 Chair
Mr. Greg Malkasian Volunteer Coordinator Mr. Greg Malkasian
Area 8 Chair
Ms. Dianne Nordhaus Ombudsman Director Mr. Robert Windus
Area 9 Chair


Area 6 Chair
Area 6 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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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.