Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced today the appointment of Allen E. Weh, president and chief executive officer, CSI Aviation Services Inc. (CSI) of Albuquerque, N.M. as the national chairman for the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Weh succeeds Thomas C. Irwin, who is retiring after four years as ESGR's volunteer leader.
ESGR is a Department of Defense organization responsible for gaining and maintaining active support from all public and private employers for the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve as defined by demonstrated employer commitment to employee military service. Formed in 1972, ESGR serves to minimize conflicts between part-time military duties and full-time civilian career responsibilities. A small staff, located in Arlington, Va., and a network of more than 4,200 volunteers, assists the chairman.
In addition to his business career, Weh is a retired Marine Corps Reserve colonel. After receiving his bachelor's degree in 1966 at the University of New Mexico, Weh received his Marine Corps commission. He received the Silver Star, a Bronze Star with "V" for heroism, and three Purple Hearts during his service in Vietnam.
Upon release from active duty in March 1971, Weh joined the Marine Corps Reserve. He was promoted to the rank of colonel in 1988. From November 1990 through March 1991, Weh was called to active duty and commanded the Southwest Asia Training Group, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twenty Nine Palms, Calif. In 1992-93 he was called to active duty again to serve in Somalia in Operation Restore Hope. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in July, 1997.
For more information, visit http://www.esgr.org/ or call Lt. Col. Michael H. Lovitt at the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at (703) 696-1381.