Contact Information

Lona Christensen Program Support Specialist 2823 West Main St
Rapid City SD 57702

Scott MacDonald Program Support Specialist 2823 West Main Street
Rapid City SD 57702

Regina E. Staufer Volunteer Support Technician 801 W. National Guard Drive
Sioux Falls SD 57104

South Dakota

Committee Leadership

Mr. Ron Mielke State Chair Mrs. Laurie Fluit Bosslift Director
Mr. Don Kelpin 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 VACANT Training Director
Mr. Ralph Borkowski
Ombudsman Director Mrs. 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.


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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 23, 2017Department of Defense selects Craig McKinley as Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve National Chair

WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense selected Craig McKinley to become the new national chair of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. McKinley will assume his new position June 1.

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