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Committee Leadership

Mr. Robert Barnette State Chair
Vacant State Vice Chair
Mr. Gerald James Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Robert Sempek Military Outreach Director
Mr. Jamel Mitchum Public Affairs Director
Mr. John Lentz Training Director
Vacant Ombudsman Director
Mr. Barry Vanlandingham Awards Director
Mr. Raymond Dawson Bosslift Coordinator
Vacant Nothern Area Chair
Mr. John Lentz Southwest Area Chair
Mr. Ronnie Emerson Piedmont Valley Area Chair
Vacant Central Area Chair
Vacant Fredericskburg Area Chair
Vacant Tidewater Area 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

Aaron Sylvester Volunteer Support Technician Contractor 5901 Beulah Rd.
Sandston VA 23150-6112
804-236-7720
aaron.j.sylvester.ctr@army.mil

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May 29, 2024Secretary of Defense appoints John F. Sampa as Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve National Chair

ARLINGTON, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has appointed retired Command Sgt. Maj. John F. Sampa, as the National Chair for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. ESGR’s National Chair is an official Department of Defense volunteer position.

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May 27, 2024In Memoriam Pennsylvania ESGR State Chair Emeritus George Duell

HORSHAM, Pa. – Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, honors the memory of George H. Duell, Jr. who was the State Chair from 2001–2007

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April 17, 2024Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Announces 2023 Volunteers of Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (April 17, 2024) –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve proudly announces the 2023 Volunteers of the Year (VOTY). 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 Operations.

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