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Committee Leadership

Mr. James Cunningham State Chair
Mr. Cecil Owens  State Vice Chair
Vacant Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Cecil Owens Military Outreach Director
Mr. Cory Grogan  Public Affairs Director
Mr. Rich Thibodo  Training Director
Ms. Dianne Nordhaus Ombudsman Director
Vacant Awards Director 
Mr. Greg Malkasian Volunteer Coordinator
Vacant Area 1 Chair
Mr. Greg Malkasian Area 2 Chair
Mr. Craig Frangente  Area 3 Chair
Mr. Keith Schwartz Area 4 Chair
Mr. Pete Goodrich Area 5 Chair
Mr. Jack Johnson 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.

Contact Information

Andrew Philpott Volunteer Support Technician Contractor PO Box 14350
Salem OR 97309

Cecil Owens National Guard State Director 230 Geer Drive NE
Salem OR 97310


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May 29, 2024Secretary of Defense appoints John F. Sampa as Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve National Chair

ARLINGTON, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has appointed retired Command Sgt. Maj. John F. Sampa, as the National Chair for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. ESGR’s National Chair is an official Department of Defense volunteer position.

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May 27, 2024In Memoriam Pennsylvania ESGR State Chair Emeritus George Duell

HORSHAM, Pa. – Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, honors the memory of George H. Duell, Jr. who was the State Chair from 2001–2007

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April 17, 2024Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Announces 2023 Volunteers of Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (April 17, 2024) –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve proudly announces the 2023 Volunteers of the Year (VOTY). 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 Operations.

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