ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The Florida Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) committee, a Department of Defense program, is pleased to announce the selection of Rita M. Broadway, as the new ESGR Chair for Florida.
The State Chair is an official Department of Defense volunteer position with a three-year term of service, renewable one time. Rita M. Broadway will serve under the ESGR Executive Director, U.S. Navy Capt. Robert Underhill. Her appointment has been effective since October 1.
“After a long and transparent process of interviews our final decision was that Rita M. Broadway was overall the best and fit candidate for the state chair position,” said Tim Lambert, chairman of the Florida ESGR search committee. “Also, the combination of her military and civilian leadership were key factors in our decision. We felt she could leverage that to support the Florida ESGR state committee.”
Broadway has served ESGR in various capacities for over 35 years. She was an avid supporter during her military and civilian career and has volunteered with both the Kansas and Florida ESGR committees
“I have had the opportunity to work with Rita the past couple of years and she is fantastic,” said ESGR Chair Emeritus James Dicks. “The fact she is a retired Army Maj. Gen. certainly gives her the capability and motivation to carry out the responsibility for the ESGR.”
Broadway was born in Wichita, Kansas and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Science from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. She was also the first female cadet to receive an Army ROTC commission from Kansas State University in May 1976. Upon graduation she entered active duty and has served in various assignments both on active duty and in the Army Reserve achieving the rank of Maj. Gen. She commanded units at the battalion, brigade, and general officer level. Her final military assignment was the Deputy Commanding General, Army Reserve, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Ft. Monroe, Virginia before retiring in June 2011. She also maintained a successful civilian career while serving in the Army Reserve. Her final civilian position was the Deputy Command Executive Officer and Director, Civilian Personnel Management for the United States Army Reserve Command (USARC), Ft. Bragg, North Carolina before retiring in June 2014.
“I feel very privileged to serve as the Chair, Florida ESGR Committee,” said Broadway. “It is extremely rewarding to work with outstanding military service members, their employers and families, our communities and ESGR volunteers to ensure all benefit from the service of these men and women to their country.”
Broadway went on to say, “I am only one part of the very dedicated and energetic ESGR Florida Committee whose vision is to promote the service of our Reserve Component members and ensure they have supportive civilian work environments. We will continue to build on our ESGR partnerships, enhance communication among our stakeholders and provide opportunities for our volunteers to have rewarding experiences as well. I am proud to serve and I am looking forward to having a positive impact.”
ESGR is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the National Guard and Reserve through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. ESGR also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between service members and their employers.
More information about ESGR employer outreach programs and volunteer opportunities is available at www.esgr.mil/fl.