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
Mr. Mark Goodman/Mr. John Oncken Area 4 Co-Chairs 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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January 08, 2020In Memoriam – Russell Summerlin – Alabama State Chair Emeritus

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) announces the passing of its former state chair, retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Russell Summerlin Jan. 5. Summerlin served as the Alabama State Chair from 2006 through 2011 and was also a member of several committees and what's now known as the  Board of Directors.

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November 18, 2019Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Recognizes 2018 Volunteers of Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recognized the 2018 Volunteers of the Year (VOTY) during the National Leadership Meeting Nov. 15. Volunteers who serve in following functional and operational areas were nominated by their respective State Committee for the prestigious honor of being named Volunteer of the Year: Military Outreach, Employer Outreach, Public Affairs, Training, Ombudsman, and Operational.

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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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