Contact Information

Amanda Johnson Volunteer Support Technician 82 Marine St
St Augustine FL 32084

Cindy Harkrider Program Support Specialist 82 Marine Street
Saint Augustine FL 32084


Committee Leadership

Mr. James Dicks State Chair Mr. Michael Thomas Vice Chair
Mr. Tim Lambert Vice Chair Mr. Steve Read Military Outreach Director
Mr. Brian Reynolds Vice Chair Mr. Arden Dickey Ombudsman Director
Mr. Donald Gauthier Awards Director Ms. Colleen Trout Volunteer Coordinator
Mr. Martin Rosen Bosslift Director Mr. Ian MacGeorge IT/Social Media Director
Mr. Peter Caspari Employer Outreach Director Mr. Roger Trout Training Director
Ms. Adriana Forero Public Affairs 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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June 17, 2019Department of Defense Announces 2019 Recipients of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense announced the 15 recipients of the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees. Learn More.
June 06, 2019Department of Defense Pro Patria Award presented to Port of Tampa Bay, Florida Blue and G4S Secure Solutions
LAKE MARY, Fla. - Florida Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) State Chairman James E. Dicks Jr, presented the Department of Defense Pro Patria Award to Port Tampa Bay, Florida Blue, and G4S Secure Solutions during the 2019 Florida ESGR Annual Awards Ceremony (APAM) hosted at the Marriott Hotel May 31. These three employers have demonstrated the greatest support to Guard and Reserve employees through their leadership and practices, including, adopting personnel policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and Reserve. This award represents the pinnacle of employer excellence and commitment to the ideals of the United States. Learn More.
June 06, 2019Charles Perry Partners, Inc. Project Manager honored by the Department of Defense for patriotic support
GAINESVILLE, Fla - Michael Jacobi, Project Manager with Charles Perry Partners, Inc., was honored with a Department of Defense Patriot Award in recognition for his extraordinary support towards his employee, Army National Guard 1st Lt. Donald Drummond. Florida Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Area Chair Tim Lambert presented the award to Mr. Jacobi. Learn More.