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Francis M. Colavita Program Support Technician 5511 Texas Ave
Joint Base MDL NJ 08640

Tyler Sandford Employer Support Specialist 5511 Texas Ave
Joint Base MDL NJ 08640

Samantha Stripko Administrative Support Technician 5511 Texas Ave
Joint Base MDL NJ 08640

Janice Livanos Employment Coordinator 5511 Texas Ave
Joint Base MDL NJ 08640

New Jersey

Committee Leadership

Mr. Don Tretola State Chair Mr. Norm Patten Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Arthur Maggs Vice Chair Mr. Dennis Dougherty Military Outreach Director
Mr. Leo McGuire Vice Chair Mr. Ken Baker Ombudsman Director
Mr. Michael Festa Northern Area Chair Ms. Liz Thomas Public Affairs Co-Director
Mr. Richard Burke Central Area Chair Mr. McKinley Williams Public Affairs Co-Director
Vacant Southern Area Chair Mr. Marty Bischoff Training Co-Director
Ms. Leah Arter Employment Initiative Director Mr. Arthur Maggs Training Co-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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WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense announced today the 15 recipients of the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

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April 08, 2015National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of March 31, 2015
The Department of Defense announced an increase in activated National Guard and reserve component members this week for the Marine Corps Reserve, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, while the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, and Navy Reserve announced a decrease of activated members. Coast Guard Reserve numbers did not change from last week. The net collective result is a decrease of 87 activated National Guard and reserve component members in comparison to last week. Learn More.
March 19, 2015Bosslift held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) for employers of Air Force Reserve Members
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in partnership with the 514th Air Mobility Wing (AMW) conducted a two day Bosslift March 10 – 11 starting at Joint Base MDL, flying down to San Antonio, Texas, and returning to Joint Base MDL. The Bosslift highlighted military medicine, from combat aeromedical evacuation to definitive care. Learn More.