Contact Information

Michael Hallquist Volunteer Support Technician 1730 North Lane
Eau Claire WI 54703

Chris Campbell Program Support Specialist 2400 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704


Committee Leadership

Mr. Mike Williams State Chair Mr. LeRoy Frahm Ombudsman Director
Mr. Bruce Swezey Vice Chair Ms. Susan Emmerich Public Affairs Director
Mr. Jerry Clusen Area 1 Chair Mr. Tim Pfrang Awards Director
Mr. Bill Rheingans Area 2 Chair Mr. David Stark Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Jeff Unger Area 3 Chair Mr. Tom Thomas Military Outreach Director
Mr. Walter Haag Area 4 Chair Vacant Training Director
Mr. John Rhyner Area 5 Chair Mr. Scott Legwold Bosslift Coordinator
Mr. Mike Kastens Area 6 Chair Mr. Bob Roth ESGR State Historian


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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November 15, 2016Wisconsin ESGR Boss lift held with the US Coast Guard in Sturgeon Bay

Sturgeon Bay, Wis. – Wisconsin Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve conducted a Boss lift Nov. 9 aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Mobile Bay.”

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