HORSHAM, Pa. – Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, announced that Southwest Area Chair Rochelle Stachel is being recognize for her outstanding committee leadership and support of Pennsylvania Guard and Reserve members. Stachel recently announced that she will be retiring from the state committee.
Stachel’s service began in 2007 and since then she has held leadership position as the Southwest Area Chair that supports Pittsburgh, surrounding communities, and counties. She also served as the area’s Military Outreach Coordinator and an Ombudsman. In her letter to State Chair Marty Kuhar, Stachel said, in part: “Although I will not be actively involved in ESGR going forward, I will try to stay active in our military community and be available to help if you need anything. … I will greatly miss our SW PA phenomenal volunteers and the great things they worked hard to accomplish. Being a volunteer in a Chair/Co-Chair position since 2007 makes this an extremely difficult decision; so many friendships built into a close-knit family.
In addition to serving in Kuhar’s current tenure as State Chair, Stachel’s service as an Area Chair spans the two-term tenures of Chair Emeritus Wes Craig and Denise Enders.
Upon receiving Stachel’s email, Kuhar commented on her service: “She was one of the key leaders for PA's ESGR for over a decade. As a successful Business Owner, she brought her leadership and organizational skills to lead the PA's Southwest Area of six counties, including the city of Pittsburgh. Annually, Stachel was instrumental in coordinating military briefings, employer briefings, and PA ESGR events. Her efforts are most appreciated!”
Kuhar will be presenting Stachel with a Seven Seals Award for her outstanding ESGR service and her Military Outreach support to Guard and Reserve members throughout the Southwest Area. Also extremely noteworthy is Employer Outreach initiatives that Stachel instituted to show employers their importance to our national defense by supporting those citizen soldiers in their employment. The Seven Seals Award is the broadest and most inclusive award given by ESGR and is presented at the discretion of the State Chair or by ESGR senior leadership. The Seven Seals Award is presented in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission, to include the efforts of the more than 3,600 volunteers who carry out ESGR’s mission across the Nation on a daily basis.
Craig who presented Stachel with Outstanding Volunteer and Spirit of Volunteerism Committee Awards added: “Rochelle is the consummate Patriot and concerned citizen. She organized very effective outreach for the ESGR mission to fellow civilian employers in the Pittsburgh area through her contacts in the local Chamber of Commerce. She was an active and effective ombudsman. She maintained close ties with all Reserve Component units in her area, especially the 171st ARW (PaANG) and the 911 Airlift Wing (USAFR). Her business employed serving members of the Reserve Components. It was a pleasure to serve with her.”
Enders, who served as State Chair from 2011 to 2017 and presented Stachel with a Seven Seals Award, observed: “Rochelle Stachel’s voluntary service in support of ESGR was exemplary. She devoted countless hours into the planning and coordination of numerous events to include an annual employer recognition ceremony that surpassed the expectations of all who had the honor to attend. Her attention to detail and adherence to traditional military customs was remarkable. Stachel’s selfless service and inspiring leadership was consistently demonstrated throughout the entire period of my tenure.”
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 facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective, and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.
For more information about ESGR Outreach Programs, or ESGR volunteer opportunities, please call 1-800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.