Contact Information

Derek Shumpert Volunteer Support Technician 1 National Guard Rd
Columbia SC 29201

Pamela R. McFarland Program Support Specialist 1 National Guard Rd
Columbia SC 29201

South Carolina

Committee Leadership

Mr. Eli Wishart State Chair Ms. Frances Owens Awards Coordinator
Mr. Bill Boozer Vice Chair Mr. Brad Ware Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Dick Fuller Area 1 Chair Mr. John Finan Employment Initiative Director
Mr. Bob Kuenzli Area 2 Chair Dr. Dan Cobb Ombudsman Director
Mr. Tommy Sanders Area 3 Chair VACANT Public Affairs Director
Mr. Bill Boozer  Area 4 Chair Mr. Jim Rhodes Training Director
Ms. Melinda Woodhurst Area 5 Chair Mr. Nelson Lacy Volunteer Management Coordinator
Mr. John Nichols Area 6 Chair Ms. Melinda Woodhurst Military Outreach Director
Mr. Tommy Thompson Area 7 Chair Ms. Jennifer Harding Area 8 Chair


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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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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May 23, 2017Department of Defense selects Craig McKinley as Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve National Chair

WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense selected Craig McKinley to become the new national chair of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. McKinley will assume his new position June 1.

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