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North Carolina

Committee Leadership

Mr. Edward Hamilton State Chair
Mr. Darrell Johnson State Vice Chair
Mr. Matt Segal Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Frank Blalock Military Outreach Director
Mr. Matt Handley Public Affairs Director
Mr. Erwin Gutzwiller Training Director
Mr. Erwin Gutzwiller Ombudsman Director
Mr. Ken Oppenheim Northeast Area Chair
Mr. Mabry Martin North Central Area Chair
Mr. Erwin Gutzwiller Southeast Area Chair
Mr. Kevin Spalding South Central Area Chair
Mr. David Rodriquez  West Area Chair


North Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve(NCESGR) is a Department of Defense office led and operated by dedicated volunteers and staff whose mission is to gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve Service Members by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the Uniformed Services Employment Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), resolving conflicts through mediation and developing initiatives to increase employment opportunities for military service members, veterans and families. The field committee is made up of over 100 dedicated volunteers reaching out to employers and military service members through multi-functional areas such as Employer and Military Outreach, Public Affairs, Ombudsman, Training, and Employment Initiatives.

Contact Information

Tony Clark Volunteer Support Technician Contractor 4240 West Blvd.
Charlotte NC 28204


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March 27, 2024Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Announces 2023 Regional Volunteers of Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (March 27, 2023) –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve proudly announces the 2023 Regional Volunteers of the Year (VOTY). 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 Operations.

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March 13, 2024Department of Defense Announces 2024 Employer Support Freedom Award Finalists

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2024 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.

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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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