Louisiana National Guard

Pelican Employment Network


PEN Original

The Pelican Employment Network (PEN) can provide comprehensive assistance to Service Members and their families seeking to improve current employment status. Employment Seekers will have their progress tracked by the Employment Advocates and the PEN-CT (Command Team) to filter out any issues that are occurring or may arise when searching or applying for positions. To provide the best assistance and ensure proper tracking, Employment Seekers are required to enroll in the Pelican Employment Network (NGEN).

Pelican Employment Network – Command Team

1SG Johnny Hagan

Transition Assistance Advisor/Employment Program NCOIC
Office: (318) 290-5284
BB: (318) 542-0258

Employment Advocates

Contact your Family Assistance Specialist/Employment Advocates near your residence

Location Advocate Contact Number
Shreveport Barbara Conway (318) 416-7409
Monroe Raymond Ross (318) 537-2897
Lake Charles Jeff Nolen (337) 532-0835
Lafayette Shayna Grace (225) 747-7897
Baton Rouge Rebecca Robert (504) 202-8771
New Orleans Dawn Favre (504) 427-5811
Pineville Martha Arrington (318) 308-8734
Air National Guard Cherie Spooner (504) 391-8505





jobseekers     employers
NGEN(National Guard Employment Network

National Guard Employment Network (NGEN) serves as a network for employment resources, facilitates communication between job seekers, service providers and employers and increase job and career match opportunities.


ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve)

ESGR, a Department of Defense office, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment.



The Federal Government has a long and outstanding record of employing veterans. Veterans have technical skills in areas of critical importance, and many also already have security clearances required for some Federal positions. Federal service provides a means for veterans to continue their noble service to this country.

Rucksack Essentials
If your rucksack doesn’t:

• The Army Values
• Smart Money Choices
• Employment
• Education
• Health and Healthcare
• Healthy Relationships
• Effective Stress Management
• Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention
• Responsible Choices

You may find staying Army Strong to be a real challenge. As a Louisiana Army National Guard Soldier, it’s important to find balance in managing an Army and civilian livelihood. Pint a copy and add to you Rucksack.


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