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 Mrs. Glenda Blom Public Affairs Director
Mr. Robert Bray 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 Mr. Ralph Borkowski Training Director
Mrs. Shannon Holstein
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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WASHINGTON (March 13) – Employers that support their military employees’ service make all the difference in the world.  That support can include paying an employee the difference between their military and civilian pay during a deployment, or even offering a full salary for the duration.  It can also be arranging for a US senator to be on hand for a farewell ceremony.  Some companies show their commitment by targeting military for hiring, while others set up military affinity groups to learn how to better serve their military employees.  Still others pitch in and simply make life easier for the families of deployed service members. Learn More.
January 27, 2017Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve seeks applications for Minnesota ESGR State Chairperson

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – The Selection Committee of the Minnesota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (MN ESGR) announces the launch of the formal search for their next ESGR State Chairperson. ESGR is a Department of Defense program which was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component service members and their civilian employers.

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WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense announced today the 15 recipients of the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

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