Committee Leadership

Mr. Lee Metcalf State Chair Michelle Carlson  Director, Employer Outreach
Mr. Don Koonce State Vice Chair Mr. Keith Crumley Director, Military Outreach
Mr. Dave Woolley Area 1 Chair Mr. Alan Rohlfing Military Outreach Assistant
Mr. Matt Jenkins Area 2 Chair Mr. Phil Heimbecker Director, Awards
Ms. Marla McGowan Area 3 Chair Ms. Nancy Brown Director, Training
Mr. Steve Vanderhoof Area 4 Chair Mr. Tom Krahenbuhl Director, Ombudsman
Ms. Samona Kosfeld Area 5 Chair Mr. William G. Brown Director, Public Affairs
Mr. Tom Brizendine Area 6 Chair

Mr. Jimmy Lumpkin Area 7 Chair
Mr. John Murawski Area 8 Chair
Mr. Ernie Loft Area 9 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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June 17, 2019Department of Defense Announces 2019 Recipients of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense announced the 15 recipients of the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees. Learn More.
March 12, 2019Department of Defense Announces 30 Finalists for the 2019 Employer Support Freedom Award
WASHINGTON ­– Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The finalists represent large and small employers, as well as public sector organizations. ESGR received 2,415 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.  Learn More.
March 06, 2019First Christian Church receives Seven Seals Award

DEXTER, Mo. – Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, announced that the First Christian Church of Dexter, was honored with a Seven Seals Award Mach 3 in recognition of extraordinary support of their employees and family members of those that serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

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