Contact Information

Pam Miller Program Support Technician PO Box 5511
Bismarck ND

Shirley J.Olgeirson Program Support Specialist ESGR ND
Bismarck ND

Paul Bonicelli Employment Coordinator

North Dakota

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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September 24, 2014Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve hosts employers during Camp Grafton “Bosslift”

DICKINSON, N.D. – Ten employers from Bismarck and Dickinson were provided a unique opportunity to visit Camp Grafton, near Devils Lake, ND on September 17. Also accompanying the employers was Uma Hoffmann, the Region 8 Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Committee Team Leader from Dickinson.

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September 22, 2014President Declares Sept. 21-27 Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week
WASHINGTON –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ President Barack Obama signed a proclamation declaring Sept. 21 – 27, as National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week. The week recognizes the important contributions employers have made in supporting the military service of their National Guard and Reserve employees. Learn More.
September 11, 2014Jamestown-Valley City employers fly with the Guard

JAMESTOWN-VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Nine employers from Jamestown and Valley City were provided a unique opportunity to visit Camp Grafton, near Devils Lake, Aug. 21. David Rickford and Rod Olin, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve volunteers, supported all coordination at the local level. Camp Grafton is a National Guard Maneuver Training Center (CGTC) which trains Soldiers from all 50 states and 4 territories and the only one of its kind. The CGTC consists of three major units; the 164th Regional Training Institute (RTI); the 136th Combat Service Support (CSS) Battalion; and the 3662nd General Support Maintenance Company (GSMC).

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