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Tennessee

Committee Leadership

Mr. James Mungenast Chair
Mr. Tommy Cauthen Vice Chair
Mr. Bruce Damrow Training Director
Mr. Stu Reeve Military Outreach Director
Mr. John Dyess Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Marcus Whitt Ombudsman Director
Mr. Ken Tarkington Public Affairs Director
Mr. Steve Martin Website Content Manager
Mr. Terry Buckley Jackson Area Chair
Mr. Robert Roy Jackson Area Vice Chair
Ms. Mary Moore Middle TN Area Chair
Mr. Bob Haynes Middle TN Area Vice Chair
Mr. Bill Hewitt Chattanooga Area Chair
Mr. Chris Cole Chattanooga Area Vice Chair
Mr. Steve Martin Knoxville Area Chair
Mr. Barry O'Neal Knoxville Area Vice Chair
Mr. Jerry Bush Northeast TN Area Chair
Mr. Rick Mcvey Northeast TN Area Vice Chair
Mr. Ernest Benson Memphis Area Chair
Mr. Al Rogers Memphis Area Vice 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.

Contact Information

John Nelson Volunteer Support Technician JFHQ-ESGR 3041 Sidco Dr
Nashville TN 37204
615-603-8601
vernon.j.nelson.ctr@army.mil

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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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