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Schwarm, Kenneth Volunteer Support Technician BLDG 3
Camp Murray WA

Moynahan, Marie Program Support Specialist Building 6224



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Committee Leadership

Mr. John Patterson State Chair Mr. Ralph Lundberg West Central Chair
Mr. Phil Sanders State Vice Chair VACANT West Central Co-Chair
Mr. Ty Corbett East Area Chair Mr. Burt Backman Awards Director
Ms. Judy West East Central Co-Chair VACANT Employer Outreach Director
Mr. James "Jim" Rabideau East Central Co-Chair Mr. Ohad Lowy Military Outreach Director
Mr. Phil Sanders King County Chair Mr. Gerald Caldwell Ombudsman Director
Mr. John Natterstad North Area Chair Mr. Larry Kirchner Asst. Ombudsman Director
Mr. Art McCallum South Chair Mr. Ohad Lowy Public Affairs Director
Mr. Wayne Hilton South Sound Co-Chair Ms. Susan "Susie" Coulter Training Director
Ms. Susan "Susie" Coulter South Sound Co-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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September 18, 2019City of Tacoma Environmental Services supervisor receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

TACOMA, Wash. – Hugh Messer, operations and maintenance division manager of the City of Tacoma Environmental Services was presented with a Patriot Award Aug. 21 by Ohad Lowy, military outreach director, and Wayne Hilton, south sound area chair for the Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in recognition of extraordinary support of his employee serving in the Navy Reserve.

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September 18, 2019Walsh Construction supervisors receive Department of Defense Patriot Award

DES MOINES, Wash. – Anthony Mizin, superintendent, and Fikreab Mulugeta, project engineer, of Walsh Construction were presented with Patriot Awards Sept. 6 by Larry Kirchner, military outreach representative for the Washington State Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee, in recognition of their extraordinary support of an employee who serves in the United States Coast Guard Reserve.

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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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