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ALEXANDRIA, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve announces the 2021 Regional Volunteers of the Year (VOTY). After being nominated by their State Chairs, these recipients were reviewed and recommended by Regional Awards Boards comprised of the State Chairs within each region.

Congratulations to the outstanding volunteers listed below!

2021 Employer Outreach Regional Volunteers of the Year:

Ronald Pitts – Northeast – Maryland

Peter Caspari – Southeast – Florida

Scott Klein – Central - Illinois

John (Jack) Simmons – West - California

2021 Military Outreach Regional Volunteers of the Year:

Michael Rice – Northeast – New Hampshire

Kenny Walcott – Southeast – Virgin Islands

Alan Battenburg – Central – Texas

Greg Malkasian – West - Oregon

2021 Ombudsman Regional Volunteers of the Year:

Richard Bedell – Northeast – Massachusetts

Tom Gerity – Southeast - Mississippi

Kathleen Dial – Central - Texas

Troy Brimhall – West - California

2021 Public Affairs Regional Volunteers of the Year:

William Burkhard - Northeast – Pennsylvania

Ken Tarkington – Southeast - Tennessee

Amy Malina – Central - Illinois

2021 Training Regional Volunteers of the Year:

Peter Brunette - Northeast - Maine

Donald Elswick – Southeast - Alabama

David MacDonna – Central - Illinois

Ron LoPorto – West - Wyoming

2021 Operations Regional Volunteers of the Year:

Earl Bonett – Northeast - Massachusetts

Jerry Bush – Southeast - Tennessee

Leroy Frahm – Central – Wisconsin

Joseph Boscacci – West – California

The Regional Volunteers of the Year are further evaluated by the appropriate ESGR Subcommittee and Headquarters personnel to determine National Volunteers of the Year in each function/mission category.

About ESGR

ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR develops and promotes supportive work environments for Service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. It also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between Service members and their employers. To learn more about ESGR, part of the Defense Personnel and Family Support Center, visit

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