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Committee Leadership

Mr. Phil Sanders State Chair
Mr. Ty Corbett State Vice Chair
Vacant  Employer Outreach Director
Vacant Military Outreach Director
Mr. Ohad Lowy Public Affairs Director
Mr. Ken Schwarm Training Director
Mr. Larry Kirchner Ombudsman Director
Mr. John Natterstad Assistant Ombudsman Director
Mr. Jim Miller Awards Director
Mr. John Natterstad North Area Chair
Vacant King County Chair
Vacant South Chair
Mr. Ohad Lowy South Sound Co-Chair
Ms. Mary Miller South Sound Co-Chair
Mr. James Wynne East Area Chair
Ms. Judy West East Central Chair
Vacant West Central 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

Louis Comitale Volunteer Support Technician Contractor BLDG 3
Camp Murray WA 98430

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June 03, 2024US Forest Service supervisor honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

SCOLVILLE, Wash. - Joshua White, forest supervisor at the U.S. Forest Service, was presented with a Patriot Award by Jim Wynne, east area chair for the Washington Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve in recognition of extraordinary support of his employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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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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