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. Doris Schmitt Public Affairs Director
Mr. Jerry Clusen Area 1 Chair Mr. Jeff Unger Awards Director
Mr. Bill Rheingans Area 2 Chair Mr. David Stark Employer Outreach Director
Mr. John Puttre Area 3 Chair Mr. Tom Thomas Military Outreach Director
Mr. Walter Haag Area 4 Chair Mr. John Schroeder 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
Mr. Jerry Eastman Volunteer Management Coordinator


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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