Contact Information

Derek Shumpert Volunteer Support Technician 1 National Guard Rd
Columbia SC 29201

Pamela R. McFarland Program Support Specialist 1 National Guard Rd
Columbia SC 29201

South Carolina

Committee Leadership

Mr. Eli Wishart State Chair Mr. Mike Jenkins
Military Outreach Director
Mr. Bill Boozer Vice Chair Mr. Brad Ware Employer Outreach Director
Ms. Angie Gibbs Area 1 Chair Mr. John Finan Employment Initiative Director
Mr. Bob Kuenzli Area 2 Chair Dr. Dan Cobb Ombudsman Director
Mr. Tommy Sanders Area 3 Chair VACANT Public Affairs Director
Mr. Bill Boozer  Area 4 Chair Mr. Jim Rhodes Training Director
Ms. Melinda Woodhurst Area 5 Chair Mr. Chuck Shields Volunteer Management Coordinator
Mr. John Nichols Area 6 Chair    
Mr. Tommy Thompson Area 7 Chair  
Ms. Jennifer Harding Area 8 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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March 12, 2019Department of Defense Announces 30 Finalists for the 2019 Employer Support Freedom Award
WASHINGTON ­– Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The finalists represent large and small employers, as well as public sector organizations. ESGR received 2,415 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.  Learn More.

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) program, has identified 135 employers as semifinalists for the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, commonly referred to as the Freedom Award.

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February 27, 2019Meadors supervisor honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Michael Nixon of Meadors, Inc. was presented with a Patriot Award Feb. 5, by Angie Gibbs, area 1 chair, and area 1 volunteers for the South Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee, in recognition of extraordinary support of his employee serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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