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New Jersey

Committee Leadership

Mr. Mike Ferraro State Chair
Mr. Leo McGuire Vice Chair
Mr. Gregory Septer Ombudsman Director
Ms. Liz Thomas Public Affairs Co-Director
Mr. Louis DiGeronimo Employer Outreach Director
Mr. McKinley Williams Public Affairs Co-Director
Mr. Frank Colavita Military Outreach Director
Ms. Leah Arter Employment Initiative Director
Ms. Carol Beske Bosslift Coordinator
Mr. Dennis Dougherty Co-Bosslift Coordinator
Mr. Alex Hernandez Northern Area Chair
Mr. Art Maggs Central Area Chair
Mr. Bob Smyth Southern 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

Tyler Sandford Volunteer Support Technician 5511 Texas Ave
Joint Base MDL NJ 08640


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September 30, 2021Freedom Award Nomination Season Now Open

WASHINGTON – Do you have a story to tell about how exceptional your employer’s support is to Guard and Reserve service members?  If your employer goes above and beyond in their support for Guardsmen or Reservists, nominate them for the 2022 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award!

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July 29, 2021Prudential Financial named 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Recipient

WASHINGTON ­– Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III named Prudential Financial one of the 15 recipients of the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, in recognition of the organization’s exemplary support for its National Guard and Reserve employees.   

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Fifteen Exceptional Employers Recognized for Top Honor

WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense is pleased to announce the 15 recipients of the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

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