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Committee Leadership

Ms. Margaret Barnes State Chair
Mr. W.O. Jones Vice Chair North
Mr. James Garner Vice-Chair South
Ms. Connie Myers Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Dan Johnson Military Outreach Director
Mr. Tom Gerity Ombudsman Director
Mr. W.O. Jones/Mr. William Allen Asst. Ombudsman Director
Ms. Lisa Ponder Public Affairs Director
Ms. Margarett Barnes Awards Director
Mr. Tim Lea Training Director
Mr. Ricky Myers Bosslift Coordinator
Mr. WO Jones (Interim) Area 1 Chair
Mr. Leroy Matthews Area 2 Chair
Mr. Jimmy Vaughan Area 3 Chair
Ms. Joyce Robinson Area 4 Chair
Ms. Lynn Holloway Area 5 Chair
Ms. September Wallace Area 6 Chair
Mr. Glenn Bremenkamp Area 7 Chair
Mr. Aubrey Ray Chair Emeritus

The Mississippi Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (MSESGR) is a Department of Defense office.  It is led and operated by dedicated volunteers and staff whose mission is to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve.  The mission is accomplished by recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness and education of Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), resolving conflicts through mediation, and developing initiatives to increase employment opportunities for military service members and veterans.

With the dedicated work of more than 70 volunteers across the great state of Mississippi, MSESGR reaches out to employers and service members in areas such as employer outreach, military outreach, public affairs, mediation, training, and employment initiative programs.

Contact Information

Leanne Hall Volunteer Support Technician Joint Force Headquarters ESGR 1410 Riverside Drive
Jackson MS 39202

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January 31, 2023ESGR welcomes new Executive Director

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – U.S. Navy Capt. Jonathan Townsend assumes the duties of Executive Director of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) from U.S. Navy Capt. Robbie Underhill Feb 1. In this role, Townsend leads the Department of Defense ESGR in its mission of facilitating and promoting a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service.

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November 22, 2022ESGR Gathers for Annual National Leadership Meeting

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – As we continue to celebrate our 50th Anniversary, dozens of state committee leaders, volunteers, and staff of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) gathered at the Mark Center for the 2022 Annual National Leadership Meeting (NLM) November 17 and 18.

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September 30, 20222023 Freedom Award Nomination Season Opens October 1

WASHINGTON ­– The 2023 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award nomination season opens October 1, meaning Guard and Reserve Service members across the nation can submit their exceptional employers for national recognition beginning October 1 until December 31.

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