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South Carolina

Committee Leadership

Ms. Jennifer Harding State Chair
VACANT Vice Chair
Ms. Angie Gibbs Area 1 Chair
Mr. Bob Kuenzli Area 2 Chair
Mr. Bill Boozer Area 4 Chair
Mr. Joey Byrd Area 5 Chair
Mr. John Nichols Area 6 Chair
Mr. Tommy Thompson Area 7 Chair
Mr. Steve Wichmann Area 8 Chair
VACANT Employer Outreach Director
Mr. John Finan Employment Initiative Director
Dr. Dan Cobb Ombudsman Director
Mr. Jim Rhodes Training Director
Mr. Steve Wichmann Awards Coordinator
Ms. Caroline Watson 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.

Contact Information

Derek Shumpert Volunteer Support Technician 1 National Guard Rd
Columbia SC 29201
803-299-2515
derek.p.shumpert.ctr@mail.mil

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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 26, 2021HCA Healthcare – Grand Strand Medical Center named 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Recipient

WASHINGTON ­– Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III named HCA Healthcare – Grand Strand Medical Center 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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July 26, 2021Boyer Commercial Construction named 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Recipient

WASHINGTON ­– Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III named Boyer Commercial Construction 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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