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Committee Leadership

Mr. Tom Krahenbuhl State Chair
Mr. Will Johnson State Vice Chair
Mr. Dave Woolley Area 1 Chair
Mr. Matt Jenkins Area 2 Chair
Mr. Richard Willis Area 3 Chair
Mr. Steve Vanderhoof Area 4 Chair
Mr. Roger Connell Area 5 Chair
Mr. Will Johnson Area 6 Chair
Mr. Jimmy Lumpkin Area 7 Chair
Mr. Truman Hardy Area 8 Chair
Mr. Ernie Loft Area 9 Chair
Ms. Michelle Carlson Director, Employer Outreach
Mr. John Hathcock Director, Military Outreach
Mr. Alan Rohlfing Military Outreach Assistant
Ms. Samona Kosfeld Director, Awards
Mr. Joe King Director, Training
Ms. Samona Kosfeld Director, Ombudsman
Mr. Graham Burnley Asst. Director, Ombudsman
Ms. Kaitlin Brothers Director, Public Affairs
Mr. Sam Bushman Director, BossLift


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.

Contact Information

Steven Brothers Volunteer Support Technician 2302 Militia Drive
Jefferson City MO 65101


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October 01, 2021Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve announces newly appointed Committee Chairs

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, is pleased to announce the assumption of responsibility of nine new ESGR State Chairs.   

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September 30, 2021Freedom Award Nomination Season Now Open

WASHINGTON – Do you have a story to tell about how exceptional your employer’s support is to Guard and Reserve service members?  If your employer goes above and beyond in their support for Guardsmen or Reservists, nominate them for the 2022 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award!

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Fifteen Exceptional Employers Recognized for Top Honor

WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense is pleased to announce the 15 recipients of the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

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