Contact Information

Rita McCallister Volunteer Support Technician 1679 Coonskin Drive
Charleston WV 25311

Dave Cyrus Program Support Specialist 285 Aviation Drive
Williamstown WV 26187

West Virginia

Committee Leadership

Mr. John Miller Chair
Mr. Joel Miltenberger Vice Chair
Mr. Dan Lanier Chair Emeritus
Mr. Sam Haddad Military Outreach/Metro Area Chair
Mr. John Finlayson Employer Outreach Director & Training
Mr. Joel Miltenberger Volunteer Management Coordinator
Mr. Jonathan Schafler Ombudsman Director
Mr.Charles Brannon Asst. Ombudsman Director
Ms. Megan Jenkins Public Affairs Director
Mr. James Crawford Eastern Area Chair
Mr. Bill Wooton  Southern Area Chair
Mr. Gerald "Pete" Knapp Ohio River Area Chair
North Western 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.


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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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August 07, 2019Federal Aviation Administration supervisors honored by Department of Defense for Patriotic Support

BRIDGEPORT, W.V. – West Virginia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced that Jeffrey Haberland and Jill Rankin of the Federal Aviation Administration at the North Central West Virginia Airport, were honored recently with Patriot Awards in recognition of extraordinary support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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August 07, 2019Tri-County Bosslift for supportive employers of Guard and Reserve members
BRIDGEPORT, W.V. – West Virginia’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve hosted a Tri-County Joint Leadership bosslift with Monongalia, Marion and Harrison Counties Chamber of Commerce members on earlier this year.    Learn More.