Committee Leadership

Mr. James Dicks State Chair Mr. Michael Thomas Vice Chair
Mr. Tim Lambert Vice Chair Mr. Steve Read Military Outreach Director
Mr. Brian Reynolds Vice Chair Mr. Arden Dickey Ombudsman Director
Mr. Donald Gauthier Awards Director Ms. Colleen Trout Volunteer Coordinator
Mr. Martin Rosen Bosslift Director Mr. Ian MacGeorge IT/Social Media Director
Mr. Peter Caspari Employer Outreach Director Mr. Roger Trout Training Director
Ms. Adriana Forero Public Affairs Director


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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August 23, 2019DOD Honors Employers of Guardsmen, Reservists

WASHINGTON – Fifteen private-sector and municipal employers received the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award at a Pentagon ceremony for providing exceptional support to their employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves.

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July 23, 2019Executive Director of Florida Police Chiefs Association Receives Seven Seals Award
WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. – Amy Mercer, who recently celebrated her 25th anniversary as Executive Director of the Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA), received a surprise honor recently during the opening ceremony of FPCA’s Summer Conference at The Saddlebrook Resort. Learn More.
July 23, 2019ESGR presents Patriot Award Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission supervisor
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Major Alfredo Escanio, of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), was presented with an ESGR Patriot Award at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach recently. Major Escanio was at the base to present a plaque of appreciation during a change of command ceremony for the Coast Guard Station and had no idea he would be surprised with an award after being nominated by FWC’s Willie Almagro, a U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Marine Enforcement Specialist. Learn More.