PULLMAN, Wash. — Len Porter, director of the Radiation Safety Office at Washington State University, was appointed by the Secretary of Defense to chair the Washington Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Porter’s three-year appointment began Oct. 1.

It is Porter’s twenty-fifth year on the national committee of ESGR — the past 12 years in Washington and the first 12 in Montana.

ESGR’s mission is to gain and maintain active support from all public and private employers for the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve. Porter will represent Washington state, serving as an adviser to the national chair.

He has a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the University of Wisconsin and retired from the University of Montana following 13 consecutive years as professor and chair of physics and astronomy. Porter retired as a colonel from the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve after 30 years of commissioned service, including graduation from the Army War College.

He resides in Pullman with his wife, JoAnn. Their two children, son Leonard and daughter Laurie, serve as officers in the U. S. Navy. Porter has been director of WSU’s Radiation Safety Office since 1990.