Contact Information

Priscilla Harkin Volunteer Support Technician 801 W. National Guard Drive
Sioux Falls SD 57104
605-357-2983
priscilla.h.harkin.ctr@mail.mil

Kaylee LaCroix Program Support Specialist 2823 West Main Street
Rapid City SD 57702
605-737-6011
kaye.l.lacroix.ctr@mail.mil

South Dakota

Committee Leadership

Mr. James White State Chair Ms. Lona Christensen Bosslift Director
Mr. Ron Mielke Chair Emeritus Ms. Kadee Hande Public Affairs Director
Mr. Don Kelpin (Interim) Lewis and Clark Area Chair Mr. Steve Hauck Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Randy Rakness Glacial Lakes Area Chair Mr. Darold Rounds Military Outreach Director
Mr. Mike Birnbaum Black Hills Area Chair Ms. Laurie Fluit Training Director
Mr. Ralph Borkowski
Ombudsman Director Ms. Francie Ruebel-Alberts Awards 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.

News

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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.
February 28, 2019DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NAMES SEMIFINALISTS FOR 2019 TOP EMPLOYER AWARD

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) program, has identified 135 employers as semifinalists for the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, commonly referred to as the Freedom Award.

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November 30, 20182019 FREEDOM AWARD NOMINATION SEASON CLOSES SOON
WASHINGTON – It’s time to break the internet with accolades and kudos for the most supportive employer out there!  Only thirty-one days remain to nominate your employer for the 2019 Freedom Award! Learn More.

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