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Christine Deveau Volunteer Support Technician 14 Minuteman Lane
Wellesley MA 02481

William Valliere Program Support Specialist 2 Randolph Road
Hanscom AFB MA 01731


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Committee Leadership

Mr. Earl Bonett State Chair Mr. Paul Desmond
Training Director
Mr. Paul Zbikowski Vice Chair Mr. Dan Early Military Outreach Director
Mrs. Joan Bennett
Essex/Middlesex County Chair
VACANT Public Affairs Director
Mr. Tony Ingrisano Worcester County Chair
Mr. Rick Bedell Ombudsman Director
Mr. Bill Hebert Western MA Chair
Mr. Don Ferrell Employer Outreach Director
Mr. John Pelose Suffolk/Norfolk County Chair
Mr. Jay Hellman Employment Initiative Program Director
Mr. Robert Pomeroy Plymouth/Bristol Counties/Cape 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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November 30, 2016Seven Seals presented to Cumberland Farms Store near Westover Air Reserve Base

CHICOPEE, Mass. – Members of the Army Reserve’s 302nd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee reached out to the Massachusetts Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve committee to recognize the manager and staff at the Cumberland Farms store located on Memorial Drive just outside the base. 

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September 22, 2016Big E Military Appreciation Day draws 86,000 on day one

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. The Eastern States Exposition, known as the” Big E,” is an annual Military Appreciation Day that kicks off a 17 day run of this major event. With this year’s event being the 100th anniversary of the “Big E,” attendance is expected to exceed over 1.5 million.

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August 19, 2016Cognex supervisors honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

NATICK, Mass. – On August 9, 2016, at Cognex Corporation Headquarters, Joan Bennett, an ESGR representative, presented four Patriot Awards to Navy Lt. Jessica Robert's chain of command at Cognex. The recipients of the awards were Brackie Reyes, Rocco Volpe, Max Anderson and the CEO of Cognex, Robert Willett.

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