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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.


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June 14, 2021Washington National Guard Recruitment and Retention Battalion receives Seven Seals Award

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – Typically Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presents awards on the behalf of service members to employers who have been supportive of their military service, but recently the Washington ESGR Committee had the opportunity to recognize members of the Washington Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion for its support of ESGR’s mission.

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May 26, 2021Homeland Security Investigations supervisor receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

YAKIMA, Wash. – Samuel Briggs, Supervisory Special Agent of Homeland Security Investigations, was presented with a Patriot Award, by Jon Ison, west central area chair for the Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee, and Yolanda Orozco, employer outreach representatives for the Washington ESGR, in recognition of his support of his employees who serve in the Reserve Components.

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April 21, 2021ESGR Recognizes 2020 Volunteers of the Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve announces the 2020 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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