Contact Information

Derek Shumpert Volunteer Support Technician 1 National Guard Rd
Columbia SC 29201

Pamela R. McFarland Program Support Specialist 1 National Guard Rd
Columbia SC 29201

South Carolina

Committee Leadership

Mr. Eli Wishart State Chair Mr. Mike Jenkins
Military Outreach Director
Mr. Bill Boozer Vice Chair Mr. Brad Ware Employer Outreach Director
Ms. Angie Gibbs Area 1 Chair Mr. John Finan Employment Initiative Director
Mr. Bob Kuenzli Area 2 Chair Dr. Dan Cobb Ombudsman Director
Mr. Bill Boozer  Area 4 Chair Mr. Jim Rhodes Training Director
Ms. Melinda Woodhurst Area 5 Chair Mr. Chuck Shields Volunteer Management Coordinator
Mr. John Nichols Area 6 Chair Ms. Caroline Watson Public Affairs Director
Mr. Tommy Thompson Area 7 Chair  
Ms. Jennifer Harding Area 8 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 18, 2019Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Recognizes 2018 Volunteers of Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recognized the 2018 Volunteers of the Year (VOTY) during the National Leadership Meeting Nov. 15. Volunteers who serve in following functional and operational areas were nominated by their respective State Committee for the prestigious honor of being named Volunteer of the Year: Military Outreach, Employer Outreach, Public Affairs, Training, Ombudsman, and Operational.

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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.