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 It is with great pride that we are now offering you a chance
to salute and support our National Guard and Reserve, with
"ESGR Radio - New Mexico."

 This program will take a wide look at the "Employer Support
of the Guard and Reserve," the businesses that employ our
service men and women, and the volunteers that help all sides
in navigating the issues surrounding employment and regulations.

 Most of all, ESGR Radio - NM will feature our local people that
are making a difference in our communities. We will be talking
to recruiters on offering our young people money for college,
a sense of purpose, and trade that they can always be proud of.

 We will also be talking to those who volunteer their time to help
our Guard and Reserve on a local basis. 

 For more info on ESGR: Click Here

ESGR Radio - New Mexico

Show Number         Date                                                   
(Right click on the inderlined to hear programs)

ESGR Radio #001    4/6/2017  "The Debut" Mike Kakuska & Harv Twite
                              Guests:Jim Cassidy-NMVS Outreach Coordinator,
                              and Cynthia Estrada, ESGR Employment Coord.

ESGR Radio #002    4/13/2017  Brigadier General Andrew E. Salas

ESGR Show  #003    4/20/2017  Maj. Randall Bates, Sgt. Alex Avila

ESGR Show  #004    4/27/2017  Ruidoso Chief Darren Hooker, Cynthia Estrada

ESGR Show  #005    5/4/2017   Harvey - ESGR News, Sgt. Colt McInnes,
                              Master Sgt. Harold Baker - NMANG Recruiter 

ESGR Show #006     5/11/2017  Mike - Harvey, Guest: Shippen Salas
                              Director - Ski Apache Ski Adaptive
                             Disabled Skier Program - Grant for Vets

ESGR Show #007     5/18/2017  Mike & Harvey cover the news. Mike is on
                              assignment in Sante Fe,where New Mexico
                              ESGR volunteers from Santa Fe and other
                              places were honored during the Annual
                              Planning Meeting in Santa Fe.
                              Guests: NM State Chairman Ray Battaglia,
                              Clovis ESGR members John Montano and
                              Raymond Mondragon.

ESGR Show #008    5/25/17     RE-broadcast of our time with
                              Gen. Andrew Salas

ESGR Show #009              6/1/2017         Mike & Harvey cover the news and meeting updates.
     Guest: Col. Bill Hanson, USAF Retired, ESGR Ombudsman

  (L-R) Mike Kakuska and Bill Hanson


ESGR Show #010    6/8-17    Guest: Sgt. Iris Ruiz, NM Army National
   Guard - Las Cruces. We discuss the
   importance of an education and job skills
   for our young people.  More



ESGR Show #011    6/15/17  Guest: Ernie Rodriguez - ESGR New Mexico
       ERNIE RODRIQUEZ - Volunteer Support Technician
       600 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque NM 87123
       505-474-7118     Hear It     More





ESGR Show #012   06/22/17  Guest: Charlie Cragin - Hear the Interview
Capt. Charie Cragin, USN, Ret.
Charlie Cragin was a Senior Government Affairs Counselor for Maine Street Solutions, LLC. He provides strategic government and public affairs planning and execution advice to companies operating in the government sectors at the federal and state levels.

2008 Chairman - Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans.



ESGR Show #014   62917      Guests: Tony Renteria, Chair in Carlsbad,
       Gary Smith, Chair - Roswell, and Maj. Randall
       Bates, NMANG. Thanks Mike for all of your|
                            hard work!    Hear the Interview

ESGR Show #015   070617     Guests: Brug. Gen. Kenneth Nava (NMNG), and
                Cynthia Estrada, ESGR-New Mexico

 Hear the Interview

Topics: Family history, service,
opportunities, ESGR and more.

Gen. Nava Bio:  Click Here




ESGR Show #016    071317      Guests: SFC. Miguel Valdez Hear It

                               Pfc. Diana Torrez - Recruiter - Roswell

Pictures to Follow

ESGR Show #017    072017      Guest: Jack Swickard, Journalist  Hear It
Jack Swickard writes about the Vietnam War and life in Southeast Asia.  National Geographic Documentary

From February 1967-February 1968, Swickard was a U.S. Army Warrant Officer with the 118th Assault Helicopter Company stationed at Bien Hoa, Republic of Vietnam. During his year flying combat missions, he was awarded 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star Medal, 23 awards of The Air Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

On his return from Vietnam, he served as adjutant of the 55th Aviation Battalion at Robert Gray Army Airfield, Fort Hood, Texas.

After leaving the Army, Swickard returned to The Albuquerque (New Mexico) Tribune as a reporter. He later was promoted to city editor and was put in charge of the newspaper’s local coverage.

In 1974, he was named editor of the Roswell Daily Record in Roswell, New Mexico. Fifteen years later, he became editor, then editor-general manager of The Daily Times in Farmington, New Mexico.

Swickard returned to Roswell in 1996 as general manager of the Roswell Daily Record.

In 2000, he launched his own public relations consulting company, The Triton Group Inc., in Roswell.

He was inducted into the New Mexico Press Association Hall of Fame in 2004.

Swickard currently is president of the International UFO Museum and Research Center Board of Directors and a member of the David Westphall Veterans Foundation Board of Directors..

The Westphall Foundation supports the nation’s first Vietnam Veterans memorial at Angel Fire in the mountains of northern New Mexico.

In 2008, Windfall Films of London filmed a documentary about a rescue mission he and fellow New Mexico pilot Tom Baca, along with members of their helicopter crews, flew in South Vietnam on May 14, 1967. During mission, their two helicopters rescued 126 soldiers.

The documentary has been shown on the Smithsonian Network in the United States as "Helicopter Missions: Vietnam Firefight." It also has been shown by National Geographic International and the FIVE channel in the United Kingdom.  Helecopter Wars Documentary

ESGR Show #018    072717     Guests: Roswell "Boss Lift"    Hear It
                             Mike & Harvey visit with:                  
        Tim Amos - NM Youith Challenge
        LTC Eric Garcia    Hear It
        (Click on pictures to enlarge)
        (Pics by Cynthia Estrada and
        Dina Jenks, ENMU-R)

         (We will add more pics on Monday!)   



ESGR Show #019     Guest: Col. Jason Garcia, U.S. Army (Reserve) Hear It
To contact Col. Garcia at NMMI: (575) 624-8292
 Email: Click Here

The Army ROTC program is only as strong as its instructors. That's why we provide such highly qualified faculty and staff for Cadets. See the kind of varied and interesting experiences instructors have had that make them the best ROTC faculty and staff. (NMMI) 



ESGR Show #020              8/17/2017         Harvey covers the news and meeting updates.   Hear It
     Guest: Col. Bill Hanson, USAF Retired, ESGR Ombudsman

  (L-R) Mike Kakuska and Bill Hanson


ESGR-020R         8-24-17   Guests: Brig. General Kenneth Nava, NMANG
 Cynthia Estrada, ESGR New Mexico
 (Re-broadcast from 7-2017)

General Nava discusses his family, growing-up in New mexico, his service career, and we discuss the importance of our young people.

Cynthia discusses the importance of volunteering with ESGR.  27:00 Minutes  Hear It

(Picture courtesey of ABQ Journal)

 Cynthia Estrada - ESGR Employment Coord.

 Hear the Interview 



ESGR Show #021      Topics: Mike & Harv discuss ESGR in general. Harvey discusses the numbers of National Guard Troops serving in Texas in resonse to Hurricane Harvey.        Hear It



ESGR Show #022 Maj. Gen. Jerry Grizzle, PhD, U.S. Army National Guard (Ret)
The 19th President/Superintendent of New Mexico  Military Institute, Roswell, New Mexico   Hear It

General Grizzle's military career began in 1971. He was commissioned as an infantry officer upon completion of Federal Officer Candidate School in 1972. Prior to this assignment, General Grizzle served as Commander of the 90th Troop Command (Oklahoma Army National Guard); Commander of the 45th Infantry Brigade (Oklahoma Army National Guard); and Deputy State Area Commander of the Oklahoma National Guard. While Deputy Commander of the 45th Infantry Brigade, he participated in the security effort following the April 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Most recently, he served as Vice Director for Joint Training at U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., while additionally serving as Vice Commander of the Joint Warfighting Center in Suffolk, Va.    More     Hear the Interview     Website

ESGR Show #023     Guest: Maj. General Kenneth Nava        Hear It
Adj. General New Mexico National Guard
 From Maj. General Nava: "As The Adjutant General, I serve as the senior military advisor to the Governor and am responsible for providing the State of New Mexico and the United States with a ready force of citizen Soldiers and Airmen. I direct, manage and supervise the administration, discipline, organization, training and mobilization of the New Mexico Army and Air National Guard. I ensure the organization is equipped and trained to respond to any domestic disaster or combat contingency."

The New Mexico Army National Guard, headquartered in Santa Fe is comprised of Combat Arms, Combat Support and Combat Service Support units that provide a full range of capabilities. The Joint Force Headquarters located in Santa Fe provides command and control of all Army National Guard elements. It is organized into three major subordinate commands, the 111th MEB in Rio Rancho, the 93rd Brigade in Santa Fe and the 515th RTI also in Santa Fe.   History     Website   Hear the Interview

Show #024   Guest: Cynthia Estrada - ESGR New Mexico     Hear It
Cynthia Estrada discusses the new staff line-up
for ESGR - New mexico. Some staff retiring, and others
moving into new positions. We also discuss new New
Mexico National Guard Command changes.

We also discuss volunteerism, and upcoming event dates
for New Mexico.    Hear the Show

ESGR Facebook   ESGR Website   


Show #025   Guest: Larry Campos, MSW, NM Dept. of Veterans' Services

 Looking for Benefits - Latest Veteran's News

 Website   Contact    Call Larry: (505) 383-2417

Hear the Show        Director, Field Services

Show #025    Guest: Capt. Nils Stanson, Education Officer - NMANG  Hear It
Capt. Nils Stanson
 Facebook   Website

 Careers   Join NMANG

To supervise implementation of NGB guidance for all education, incentives, and other programs while being knowledgeable in all education programs and resources available to soldiers and airmen. Provide quality testing services and coordinate with units for unit education briefings. Assist in providing Employment and Educational opportunities and programs to National Guard Soldiers and Airmen by leveraging their military training, leadership, job skills, and education with civilian employers, schools, and other government agencies, to develop and RETAIN a high quality National Guardsmen and Airmen.

Show #026    Guests: Paul Bierwirth, Paul's Veterinary Supply of Roswell & Albuquerque   Hear It
Paul recently received an award from the NM National Guard. He has not one, not two, but three Guardsmen working for him. He jokes that if there is another major deployment he will be very short handed. haha This is a picture from Albuquerque when he was presented his award from Governor Martinez.     Facebook

3825 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109
Albuquerque - (505) 341-9401

ESGR Show #026 10-5-17 Guest:Sgt. Iris Ruiz, NMANGuard, Recruiter  Hear It
Iris lives in Las Cruces. We discuss the importance of an education and job skills for our young people.  More

NM Army National Guard Website    Facebook



ESGR Show #027     Guest: New Mexico ESGR Chairman, Mark Gordon   Hear It
I am currently retired after 23 years in the Information Technology field. Those years of experience began with my first exposure to computer technology in the Tucson Air National Guard Aircraft Refueling Squadron, when the Air Force dropped a Unix computer system on our front door step. I volunteered to take the training to install and manage the system, and that began my IT career.

After working in the IT field for the banking industry, I was fortunate to be selected for a position in the oil and gas industry, where I worked through the rest of my career. My IT experience has included oil and gas software and hardware support, networking, and eventually Data Analytics and Reporting for ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66.

ESGR Show #027  Guest: Maj. Brian Pilgrim, NM Army National Guard  Hear It
      Director - NMANG Behavorial Health
Business Address
New Mexico Army National Guard
600 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
Office: (505) 271-7158
E-mail: brian.m.pilgrim.mil@mail.mil

License - New Mexico Psychology License #0808
NPI # 1023121134

MPA, Public Healthcare Administration December 2004, University of New Mexico, NASPAA accredited.

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology August 2000, University of South Dakota, APA approved.

Internship in Professional Psychology August 2000, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dallas, TX. APA approved.

M. A. Clinical Psychology July 1997, University of South Dakota, APA approved.

B. A. Summa Cum Laude, Psychology May 1995, University of New Mexico.

U.S. Army/Military Professional Education
USAF Aircraft Mishap Investigation Course
Command and General Staff College
Survival, Evasion, Resistance & Escape level C
Captains Career Course
Aeromedical Psychology Training Course
Combat Operational Stress Control
Traumatic Event Management
Basic Officers Leadership Course

ESGR Show #028   Guests: George Rubio - Citizen Soldier for Life Rep.
                         Steve Henderson - Roswell City Councilman/ESGR
Graphics Coming          Cynthia Estrada - ESGR NM Vol. Management Coord.

                          Hear the Show

ESGR Show #029    Guests: Dr. John Madden, President - ENMU-Roswell
October 26, 2017          Capt. Trent Armstrong, NMANG Roswell
                          Ernie Rosriguez, ESGR NM - Vol. Support Tech.
         Hear the Show                    





"The Best of ESGR" this week.....

ESGR Show #030R   11/02/17  Guest: Charlie Cragin - Hear the Interview
Capt. Charie Cragin, USN, Ret.
Charlie Cragin was a Senior Government Affairs Counselor for Maine Street Solutions, LLC. He provides strategic government and public affairs planning and execution advice to companies operating in the government sectors at the federal and state levels.

2008 Chairman - Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans.



ESGR Show #31   11-16-2017  Guest: Tim Amos, NWNM Admissions Specialist

New Mexico National Guard Youth Challenge Academy   Hear It
 Through training, discipline, and mentoring, the New Mexico National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy provides the education, leadership, character development, and life coping skills to New Mexico’s high school dropouts so they may become productive citizens.   Website

ESGR Show #31 - 111617   Guest: Brig. Gen. Andrew Salas USAF
Brig. General Andrew Salas
Brigadier General Andrew E. Salas assumed the duties as Adjutant
General for the New Mexico National Guard, Santa Fe, NM on July 24,
2012. As Adjutant General he commands the Army and Air National
Guard, as well as, serves as the commander of the State Defense
Force. In addition to his federal duties, BG Salas serves as military
chief of staff to the Governor and as the Governor’s principal advisor on
military affairs. He is also president of the State Armory Board and
provides oversight for the New Mexico Civil Air Patrol.

Brig. Gen. Andrew Salas’ completed his tour of duty as the adjutant general of the New Mexico National Guard on Saturday, July 12, 2017, during a change of command ceremony at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque.     Hear the Interview

ESGR Show  #BU-032    113017  Harvey - ESGR News, Sgt. Colt McInnes,
                              Master Sgt. Harold Baker - NMANG Recruiter 
                              Originally recorded on 5/4/2017

ESGR Show #032       120717  NM Youth Challenge Academy   Hear It

                                  This week on ESGR Radio, we take a look at the New Mexico Youth Challenge Academy in Roswell, New Mexico. Our guests include:
Sabrina Lara - Recruiting & Mentoring Supervisor, at New Mexico Youth Challenge Academy, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Campus. We discuss the New Mexico National Guard’s Youth Challenge Program’s partnership with ENMU-R.

Other guests include: Cadets Santos Sanchez and Victoria Ribble. We discuss their experiences at NMYCA. Plus, we feature an interview with Tim Amos, Recruiter, Northern New Mexico Region for NMYCA.
This is a program that we hope you will share with young people who may be struggling with school or life.   NMYCA Website






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