Committee Leadership

Mr. Larry Jones State Chair
Mr. John Manion Vice Chair /Ombudsman Director
Mr. Bob Gillan Vice Chair/Area Chair Central Louisiana
Mr. Ken Demarest Asst. Ombudsman Director
Mr. Carl Mixon Military Outreach Director
VACANT Employer Outreach Director
Mr. John Pugh Training Director
Ms. Tammy Prine
Public Affairs Director/BossLift Coordinator


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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August 23, 2019DOD Honors Employers of Guardsmen, Reservists

WASHINGTON – Fifteen private-sector and municipal employers received the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award at a Pentagon ceremony for providing exceptional support to their employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves.

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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.
April 08, 2019Centerpoint Energy Lake Charles supervisor receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

LAKE CHARLES, La. – Jeffery Pike, operations supervisor construction at Centerpoint Energy Lake Charles, accepted a Patriot Award April 3 from Louisiana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Public Affairs Director Ryan Nelson.

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