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. Robert Windus
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
Vacant 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


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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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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