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Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense (DoD) organization. It is a staff group within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (OASD/RA), which is in itself a part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).

The nation's Reserve components (referring to the total of all National Guard members and Reserve forces from all branches of the military) comprise approximately 48 percent of our total available military manpower. The current National Defense Strategy indicates that the National Guard and Reserve will be full partners in the fully integrated Total Force. Our Reserve forces will spend more time away from the workplace defending the nation, supporting a demanding operations tempo and training to maintain their mission readiness.

In this environment, civilian employers play a critical role in the defense of the nation by complying with existing employment laws protecting the rights of workers who serve in the Reserve component.

ESGR was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. It is the lead DoD organization for this mission under DoD Directive 1250.1.

Today, ESGR operates through a network of thousands of volunteers throughout the nation and Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

This information is provided with the personal authorization of each point of contact. If your area does not have a current listing, they have not signed authorization for release of their information and you should call the National ESGR at 1-800-336-4590 or contact the Webmaster via e-mail at osd.ESGRITSupport@mail.mil

ESGR main website http://www.esgr.mil

Oregon ESGR page http://www.esgr.mil/About-ESGR/Contact/Local-State-Pages/oregon.aspx

James Reith
Program Support Specialist
PO Box 14350
Salem OR 97309
503-584-3443
james.c.reith.ctr@mail.mil

Oregon Ombudsman Director
Dianne Nordhaus
Phone: 503-569-4774
Email: ngor.esgr.ombudsman@ng.army.mil