Contact Information

Pam Miller Volunteer Support Technician PO Box 5511
Bismarck ND

Shirley J.Olgeirson Program Support Specialist ESGR ND
Bismarck ND

North Dakota

Committee Leadership

Mr. Bob Wefald State Chair Mr. Steve Miller Area 7 Co-Chair
Mr. Greg Wilz
Chair Emeritus Mr. Scott Staudinger Area 7 Co-Chair
Ms JoAnn Callahan/Ms Karolin Jappe Area 1 Co-Chair Mr. Rich Brauhn Area 8 Chair
VACANT Area 2 Chair Mr. Jerry Engelman Ombudsman Director
Mr. Erling Rolfson Area 3 Chair Mr. Kevin Iverson Employer Outreach Director
Ms. Jill Montgomery-Holwerda Area 4 Chair Mr. Bob Walton Military Outreach Director/Area 5 Co-Chair
Mr. Dave Johnston Vice Chair/Area 5 Chair Mr. Darrel Williams Public Affairs Director
Mr. Rod Olin Area 6 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 08, 2017Tennessee ESGR State Chair Carl Lambert dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve State Chair Carl E. Lambert, age 71, died June 4.  He is preceded in death by parents Leslie and Sibble Lambert and sister Anna Sue Mead. 

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WASHINGTON ­– Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced today the 15 recipients of the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.  The award is the highest honor given to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

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May 24, 2017North American Coal-Freedom Mine supervisor honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

BEULAH, N.D. – North Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced Travis Horning, North American Coal-Freedom Mine supervisor in Beulah, was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of his employee, Sgt. Christopher Noel, North Dakota Army National Guard.

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