Contact Information

Derek Shumpert Volunteer Support Technician 1 National Guard Rd
Columbia SC 29201
803-299-2515
derek.p.shumpert.ctr@mail.mil

Pamela R. McFarland Program Support Specialist 1 National Guard Rd
Columbia SC 29201
803-299-2672
pamela.r.mcfarland3.ctr@mail.mil

South Carolina

Committee Leadership

Mr. Eli Wishart State Chair Ms. Frances Owens Awards Coordinator
Mr. Bill Boozer Vice Chair VACANT 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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January 12, 2017City of Rockhill Director honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Rock Hill Assistant City Manager Steven Gibson was presented with a Patriot Award by Brad Ware, volunteer for the South Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, in recognition of extraordinary support of his employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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January 12, 2017NUCOR Building Systems supervisor honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

COLUMBIA, S.C. – John McCoy, of Nucor Building Systems, was presented with a Patriot Award by Elisa Edwards for the South Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, in recognition of extraordinary support of his employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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November 14, 2016Mitch Willoughby of Willoughby & Hoefer Law Firm honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Mitch Willoughby, a retired U.S. Army National Guard brigadier general, of Willoughby and Hoefer Law Firm, was presented with a Patriot Award by Eli Wishart, state chair for the South Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, in recognition of extraordinary support of his employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. 

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