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Tennessee

Committee Leadership

Mr. James Mungenast Chair
Ms. Teresa Beavers Vice Chair
Mr. Bruce Damrow Training Director
Mr. Stu Reeve Military Outreach Director
Mr. John Dyess Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Marcus Whitt Ombudsman Director
Mr. Ken Tarkington Public Affairs Director
Mr. Steve Martin Website Content Manager
Mr. Terry Buckley Jackson Area Chair
Mr. Robert Roy Jackson Area Vice Chair
Mr. Don Bradley Middle TN Area Chair
Mr. Bob Haynes Middle TN Area Vice Chair
Mr. Bill Hewitt Chattanooga Area Chair
Mr. Chris Cole Chattanooga Area Vice Chair
Ms. Leslie Purser Knoxville Area Chair
Mr. Barry O'Neal Knoxville Area Vice Chair
Mr. Jim Cross Northeast TN Area Chair
Mr. Jerry Bush Northeast TN Area Vice Chair
Mr. Ernest Benson Memphis Area Chair
Mr. Al Rogers Memphis Area Vice 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

John Nelson Volunteer Support Technician JFHQ-ESGR 3041 Sidco Dr
Nashville TN 37204
615-603-8601

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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 20, 2021DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF THE 2021 SECRETARY OF DEFENSE EMPLOYER SUPPORT FREEDOM AWARD

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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