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Committee Leadership

Mr. Phil Sanders State Chair
Mr. Ty Corbett State Vice Chair
Ms. Hannah M. Schoepp East Area Chair
Ms. Judy West East Central Co-Chair
Mr. James "Jim" Rabideau East Central Co-Chair
Mr. John Fulghum King County Chair
Mr. John Natterstad North Area Chair
Mr. Art McCallum South Chair
Ms. Jennifer Hibbs South Co-Chair
Mr. Ohad Lowy and Ms. Mary Miller South Sound Co Chairs
Mr. Jon Ison West Central Chair
Mr. Burt Backman Awards Director
Mr. Paul “Frosty” Frost Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Jim Miller Military Outreach Director
Mr. Larry Kirchner Ombudsman Director
Mr. John Natterstad Asst. Ombudsman Director
Mr. Ohad Lowy Public Affairs Director
Mr. Ken Schwarm Training Director

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

Michelle O'Neal Volunteer Support Technician BLDG 3
Camp Murray WA

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September 30, 2021Freedom Award Nomination Season Now Open

WASHINGTON – Do you have a story to tell about how exceptional your employer’s support is to Guard and Reserve service members?  If your employer goes above and beyond in their support for Guardsmen or Reservists, nominate them for the 2022 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award!

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September 14, 2021Employers’ Appreciation of Airforce Reserve 446th Airlift Wing’s Citizen-Soldiers soars at ESGR Bosslift

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Twenty-five employers who employee Citizen Soldiers who serve with the Air Force Reserve 446th Airlift Wing (AW), Washington State’s only Air Force Reserve flying unit, got a rare chance to see firsthand the type of work their employees do when called to serve their Nation.   

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September 02, 2021MACCS supervisor honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash. – Jim Witwer, project manager with Military Aviation and Commercial Cleaning Services (MACCS), was presented the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award by Ohad Lowy, South Sound area co-chair for the Washington ESGR and Kate Lowy, Washington ESGR military outreach coordinator, in recognition of his support he provided his then-employee serving in the Navy Reserve.

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