Contact Information

Rita McCallister Volunteer Support Technician 1679 Coonskin Drive
Charleston WV 25311

Dave Cyrus Program Support Specialist 285 Aviation Drive
Williamstown WV 26187

West Virginia

Committee Leadership

Mr. John Miller Chair
Mr. Joel Miltenberger Vice Chair
Mr. Dan Lanier Chair Emeritus
Mr. Sam Haddad Military Outreach/Metro Area Chair
Mr. John Finlayson Employer Outreach Director & Training
Mr. Joel Miltenberger Volunteer Management Coordinator
Mr. Jonathan Schafler Ombudsman Director
Mr.Charles Brannon Asst. Ombudsman Director
Ms. Megan Jenkins Public Affairs Director
Mr. James Crawford Eastern Area Chair
Mr. Bill Wooton  Southern Area Chair
Mr. Gerald "Pete" Knapp Ohio River Area Chair
North Western 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.


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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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November 15, 2019Cabell County Board of Education manager receives Patriot Award

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – David Tackett, manager of service personnel at the Cabell County Board of Education was presented with a Patriot Award recently by Joe Holley, of the West Virginia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in recognition of extraordinary support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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November 08, 2019Dominion Energy signs Statement of Support for Guard and Reserve members

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced Dominion Energy signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve Nov. 1 at Dominion Energy in front of their employees, representatives from the Department of Labor and WorkForce West Virginia.

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