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Release No: 377-13
May 30, 2013

Department of Defense Appoints National Chair for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

            Today, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel selected Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Paul E. Mock as the national chair for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).  Mock will be sworn in tomorrow.

            The ESGR national chair is an official Department of Defense, three-year volunteer position and carries the protocol status of a military four-star flag officer. 

            “Mr. Mock comes to us with a wealth of experience in the employer community, the Reserve Components and supporting military families,” said Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica L. Wright.  “His leadership and management expertise is a tremendous asset for the Department of Defense.”

            A retired lieutenant with the Los Angeles Police Department, he also has extensive experience serving military members and their families through work with the Association of the U.S. Army, Fisher House Foundation and the Military Child Education Coalition.  Mock will provide leadership and vision for a team of more than 4,900 dedicated volunteers spanning all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

            “I am humbled by my selection as the national chair for ESGR and excited about furthering employer support for the men and women in the National Guard and reserve,” said Mock.  “I look forward to supporting ESGR’s cadre of volunteers and assisting Ron Young, ESGR’s executive director, in advancing our mission.”

            About ESGR

            Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense operational committee, 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, and helping resolve potential conflicts between employers and their employees who are service members.  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 questions or interviews regarding the appointment, please contact Beth Sherman, ESGR Public Affairs, at 571-372-0705 or by email at ESGR-PA@osd.mil.