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West Virginia

Committee Leadership

Mr. Joel Miltenberger Chair
Mr. Chuck Brannon State Vice Chair
Mr. John Miller/Mr. Dan Lanier/ Mr. Joe Holley Chair Emeritus
Mr. Johnnie Ross Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Sam Haddad  Military Outreach Director
Vacant Public Affairs Director
Mr. John Finlayson Training Director
Mr. Jonathan Schafler Ombudsman Director
Mr. John Miller Assistant Ombudsman Director
Vacant Southern Area Chair
VMr. James Crawford Eastern 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

Timothy Frazier Volunteer Support Technician Contractor 1679 Coonskin Drive
Charleston WV 25311

Brian Shaw State Program Coordinator 1679 Coonskin Drive
Charleston WV 25311


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November 30, 2023Department of Defense is accepting applications for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve National Chair

ARLINGTON, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ The Department of Defense (DoD) is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the National Chair of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The National Chair is appointed by the Secretary of Defense as an unpaid statutory volunteer.

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November 16, 2023Delaware ESGR Chair Inducted into Aviation Hall of Fame

NEW CASTLE, Del. – Delaware Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Chair, Hugh T. Broomall, was inducted into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame at a formal ceremony presided over by LeSans Alexander, the Aviation’s Hall of Fame vice president Nov. 10.

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November 02, 2023Pennsylvania Chair Emeritus inducted into Hall of Fame

HORSHAM, Pa. – Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, announced that State Chair Emeritus Wesley (Wes) Craig was inducted into the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) Hall of Fame in October.

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