Contact Information

Janette Fetch Volunteer Support Technician 430 Fraine Barracks Road, Building #30 PO BOX 5511
Bismarck ND 58506-5511

Shirley J.Olgeirson Program Support Specialist PO Box 5511
Bismarck ND 58506-5511

North Dakota

Committee Leadership

Mr. Delton Steele State Chair Mr. Dave Rickford Area 6 Chair/Military Outreach Dir.
Mr. Dave Johnston Vice Chair/Area 5 Co-Chair Ms. Sandra Telehey Area 7 Co-Chair
Mr. Greg Wilz Chair Emeritus Mr. Gerald Miller Area 7 Co-Chair/Training Dir.
Mr. Steve Slocum/Ms Karolin Jappe Area 1 Co-Chair Mr. Rich Brauhn Area 8 Chair
VACANT Area 2 Chair Mr. Jerry Engelman Ombudsman Director
Mr. Andy Lankowicz Area 3 Chair Ms. Uma Hoffman Ombudsman
Ms. Jill Montgomery-Holwerda Area 4 Chair Mr. Kevin Iverson Employer Outreach Director
Ms Kay Ames Area 5 Co-Chair
Mr. Rob Keller Public Affairs Director

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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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.