Contact Information

Tyler Sandford Volunteer Support Technician 5511 Texas Ave
Joint Base MDL NJ 08640

Greg Septer Programs Support Specialist 5511 Texas Ave
Joint Base MDL NJ 08640

New Jersey

Committee Leadership

Mr. Don Tretola State Chair Ms. Carol Beske Bosslift Coordinator
Mr. Leo McGuire Vice Chair Mr. Dennis Dougherty Co-Bosslift Coordinator
Mr. Ken Baker Ombudsman Director Mr. Norm Patten Employer Outreach Director
Ms. Liz Thomas Public Affairs Co-Director Mr. Lou DiGeronimo Northern Area Chair
Mr. McKinley Williams Public Affairs Co-Director Mr. Richard Burke Central Area Chair
Mr. Marty Bischoff Training Director Mr. Bob Carullo Southern Area Chair
Mr. Michael Ferraro Military Outreach Director Ms. Leah Arter Employment Initiative Director


ESGR, a Department of Defense office, is comprised of dedicated and trained volunteers and staff. We will develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members.

ESGR informs and educates service members and their civilian employers regarding their rights and responsibilities governed by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). ESGR does not have statutory authority to enforce, but serves as a neutral, free resource to employers and service members. ESGR’s trained ombudsmen provide mediation of issues relating to compliance with USERRA.


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July 06, 2017Caesar’s Bagels & Deli signs Statement of Support for Guard and Reserve members

HAMILTON N.J. – New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced Caesar’s Bagels & Deli, signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve July 1.

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June 08, 2017Tennessee ESGR State Chair Carl Lambert dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve State Chair Carl E. Lambert, age 71, died June 4.  He is preceded in death by parents Leslie and Sibble Lambert and sister Anna Sue Mead. 

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WASHINGTON ­– Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced today the 15 recipients of the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.  The award is the highest honor given to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

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