(LtoR) Walter Goodwyn-Tidewater Committee Chairman, LTCOL Ching- ESGR National Headquarters representative- holding Roche plaque, Doyle Quisenberry- holding Roche Medallion and Joe Straten, Virginia ESGR Committee Chairman.

Doyle Quisenberry of Virginia Beach, an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Virginia Committee volunteer for over twenty years recently received the James M. Roche Spirit of Volunteerism Award, the highest ESGR award given to ESGR volunteers.The citation read: "This recognition reflects

deep gratitude and appreciation for 20 years dedicated service you have so willingly given to the Nation and to the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve who serve to protect it."

Of 3750 ESGR volunteers Nationwide, he is only the third volunteer in the State of Virginia to receive this prestigious award since the programs inception in 1972.The other Virginia Committee volunteer recipients over a twenty year period were Lewis (Lou) Brodsky of Springfield and Fred Berck of Portsmouth.

National Guard and Reserve Forces comprise almost one-half of the Armed Forces. 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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