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ESGR raises awareness, honors those who serve

Pictured from left to right, Arizona ESGR Field Chairman Scott Essex, NCESGR Deputy Executive Director Phil Pope, Arizona Chair Emeritus Bill Valenzuela,  Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Hugo Salazar, and Commander, 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona Air National Guard, Brig. Gen. Gregory Stroud present Bill Valenzuela his ESGR Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 30 years of dedicated service with the Arizona ESGR Field Office. Mr. Valenzuela continues to be a staunch supporter of ESGR and the service members they serve.  (Army photo by Sgt. Ed Balaban)

Pictured from left to right, Arizona ESGR Field Chairman Scott Essex, NCESGR Deputy Executive Director Phil Pope, Arizona Chair Emeritus Bill Valenzuela, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Hugo Salazar, and the Commander of the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing Brig. Gen. Greg Stroud present Bill Valenzuela his ESGR Lifetime Achievement Award in Tempe, Ariz.,for more than 30 years of dedicated service with the Arizona ESGR Field Office June 29. Mr. Valenzuela continues to be a staunch supporter of ESGR and the servicemembers they serve. (Army photo by Sgt. Ed Balaban)

Arizona ESGR Field Chairman Scott Essex presents the Arizona Diamondbacks Team President Derrick Hall with an ESGR Statement of Support plaque during the Military Appreciation day pre-game show at home plate.  Mr. Hall earlier in the day signed an ESGR Statement Support demonstrating the Arizona Diamondbacks' support of the men and women who serve in the Guard and Reserves.  Mr. Hall also was presented an ESGR coin by Mr. Essex for the Diamondbacks continued support of the military men and women and their families. (Army photo by Sgt. Ed Balaban)

Arizona ESGR Field Chairman Scott Essex presents the Arizona Diamondbacks Team President Derrick Hall with an ESGR Statement of Support plaque during the Military Appreciation day pre-game show at Chase Field July 4. Mr. Hall earlier in the day signed an ESGR Statement of Support demonstrating the Arizona Diamondbacks' support of the men and women who serve in the Guard and Reserves. Mr. Hall also was presented an ESGR coin by Mr. Essex for the Diamondbacks continued support of the military men and women and their families. (Army photo by Sgt. Ed Balaban)

Arizona ESGR Field Chairman Scott Essex presents the Arizona Diamondbacks Team President Derrick Hall with an ESGR Statement of Support plaque during the Military Appreciation day pre-game show at home plate.  Mr. Hall earlier in the day signed an ESGR Statement Support demonstrating the Arizona Diamondbacks' support of the men and women who serve in the Guard and Reserves.  Mr. Hall also was presented an ESGR coin by Mr. Essex for the Diamondbacks continued support of the military men and women and their families. (Army photo by Sgt. Ed Balaban)

Arizona ESGR Field Chairman Scott Essex presents the Arizona Diamondbacks Team President Derrick Hall with an ESGR Statement of Support plaque during the Military Appreciation day pre-game show at Chase Field July 4. Mr. Hall earlier in the day signed an ESGR Statement of Support demonstrating the Arizona Diamondbacks' support of the men and women who serve in the Guard and Reserves. Mr. Hall also was presented an ESGR coin by Mr. Essex for the Diamondbacks continued support of the military men and women and their families. (Army photo by Sgt. Ed Balaban)

PHOENIX/TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is generating public and employer support for Guardsmen and Reservists while honoring one of the state's biggest advocates for U.S. servicemembers this summer.

As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions within America's borders and beyond, ESGR continues to be the resource for the employers of citizen warriors.

ESGR recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of the law, and resolves conflict through mediation. Anyone wanting additional information regarding ESGR can visit the official Web site at www.esgr.mil or by calling Butch Wise, Executive Director for the Arizona Field Office for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at 602-629-4031 or by email at lawrence.wise@us.army.mil.

Click through the photos on the right to see the committee's summer activities.