HORSHAM, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) committee, a Department of Defense program, is pleased to announce the selection of Martin Kuhar of Johnstown as the incoming ESGR Chair for Pennsylvania.
The State Chair is an official Department of Defense volunteer position with a three-year term of service, renewable one time. Kuhar will serve under Ronald Bogle, the ESGR National Chair, and will take his oath of office in October. Kuhar is assuming chairmanship duties from Wes Craig who is completing the second of two nonconsecutive terms as the state Chair and will remain active as the Area Chair for the Southeast region.
Kuhar will provide the leadership and vision for a team of dedicated volunteers throughout Pennsylvania to carry out the ESGR mission.
In accepting the position, Kuhar stated: “It is an honor to be selected as Pennsylvania’s State Chair; and will do my best to follow the National Guidance; and give full support to the Reserve Components, the Employers, and the ESGR Volunteers.”
Kuhar, a retired lieutenant colonel, had a distinguished Army career of 28 years, including company command in the Republic of Vietnam, various staff positions, and Battalion Command of a Combat Engineer Battalion in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard while on Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) status. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation medals among 19 award ribbons.
Upon his military retirement, Kuhar served 19 years with a government funded non-profit organization providing services for Veterans and their families. The last five years he served as the Operations Director serving Homeless Veterans in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.
With almost half of the United States’ military force serving in the Guard or Reserve, Kuhar will have a direct impact on these men and women, and their civilian employers. He joins 53 other chairs who oversee the ESGR mission in the 50 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia.
ESGR is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the National Guard and Reserve through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. ESGR also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between service members and their employers.
More information about ESGR employer outreach programs and volunteer opportunities is available at www.esgr.mil/PA, or by calling Theresa Arentzen of the Pennsylvania State ESGR Committee at (215) 323-7435.