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West Virginia

Committee Leadership

Mr. Joel Miltenberger Chair
Mr. Chuck Brannon Vice Chair
Mr. John Miller/Mr. Dan Lanier/ Mr. Joe Holley Chair Emeritus
Mr. Sam Haddad Military Outreach Director
Mr. Johnnie Ross  Employer Outreach Director
Mr. John Finlayson Training Director
Mr. Jonathan Schafler Ombudsman Director
Mr. John Miller Asst. Ombudsman Director
VACANT Public Affairs Director
Mr. James Crawford Eastern Area Chair
VACANT Southern Area Chair
Mr. Gerald "Pete" Knapp Ohio River 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

Rita McCallister Volunteer Support Technician 1679 Coonskin Drive
Charleston WV 25311

Brian Shaw State Program Coordinator 1679 Coonskin Drive
Charleston WV 25311


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March 16, 2023ESGR Announces 2023 James M. Roche Spirit of Volunteerism Award Recipients

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of the James M. Roche Spirit of Volunteerism Award. The recipients are ESGR volunteers nominated by their respective ESGR State Committee Chairs for their exceptional contributions to ESGR’s mission over a sustained period of time.

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March 13, 2023Department of Defense Announces 2023 Employer Support Freedom Award Finalists

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2023 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The finalists include small and large private and public sector employers nominated by a National Guard or Reserve Component employee employed in their organization. ESGR received 1,863 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout the 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and District of Columbia. 

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February 07, 2023West Virginia Fusion Center’s supervisor honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Jack Luikart, West Virginia Fusion Center’s supervisor was presented with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award recently, for the extraordinary support he provides his employee, 1st Lt. Ryan Pullin.

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