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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WASHINGTON – It’s time to break the internet with accolades and kudos for the most supportive employer out there!  Only thirty-one days remain to nominate your employer for the 2019 Freedom Award! Learn More.
WASHINGTON – Do you have a story to tell about how exceptional your employer’s support is to Guard and Reserve service members?  If your employer goes above and beyond in their support for Guardsmen or Reservists, nominate them for the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award! Learn More.
September 18, 2018Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Seeks Nominations for Maryland ESGR State Chair

BALTIMORE – (Sept. 18) Maryland Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (MD ESGR) announces the launch of their formal search for the next ESGR state chair.

The State Chair is an official Department of Defense volunteer position. The selected candidate for this prominent position will be required to take an oath of office and will be sworn in during a formal ceremony.   The state chair will serve at the pleasure of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs.  Most importantly, the Maryland ESGR state chair’s role is to provide the leadership and vision for a team of dedicated volunteers spread all across Maryland in carrying out the mission.

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