Contact Information

Mary F. Shaver Volunteer Support Technician 5901 Beulah Rd.
Sandston VA 23150-6112

Monica Hazelwood-Frisby Program Support Specialist Bldg 316, Ft Pickett
Blackstone VA 23824


Committee Leadership

Mr. Joseph Straten State Chair Mr. Ronnie Emerson Roanoke Valley Area Chair
Mr. Barry Vanlandingham State Vice Chair Mr. Pete Montague Southwest Area Chair
Ms. Geambro Hollis State Training Director Ms. Geambro Hollis Northern Area Chair
Ms. Cynthia Norwood State Ombudsman Director Mr. Robert Barnette Central Area Chair
Mr. Omer Pugh State Military Outreach Director Ms. Ann Bey Fredericksburg Area Chair
Mr. Barry Firebaugh State Employer Outreach Director Mr. Walter Goodwyn Tidewater Area Chair
Mr. Matthew Vinson State Public Affairs Director
Mr. Barry Vanlandingham State Awards Committee Director
Mr. Derrick Beggs State Boss Lift Director


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.