Contact Information

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


Committee Leadership

Mr. Greg Mason State Chair Ms. Michelle Carlson Director, Employer Outreach
Mr. Don Koonce State Vice Chair Mr. Keith Crumley Director, Military Outreach
Mr. Dave Woolley Area 1 Chair Mr. Alan Rohlfing Military Outreach Assistant
Mr. Matt Jenkins Area 2 Chair VACANT Director, Awards
VACANT Area 3 Chair Ms. Nancy Brown Director, Training
Mr. Steve Vanderhoof Area 4 Chair Mr. Tom Krahenbuhl Director, Ombudsman
Ms. Samona Kosfeld Area 5 Chair Ms. Kaitlin Brothers Director, Public Affairs
Mr. Will Johnson Area 6 Chair
Mr. Jimmy Lumpkin Area 7 Chair
Mr. Truman Hardy Area 8 Chair
Mr. Ernie Loft Area 9 Chair

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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April 15, 20202019 ESGR Volunteers of the Year Award Regional recipients named
WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, announced the 2019 ESGR Volunteers of the Year Award Regional recipients March 17. Learn More.
March 26, 2020Department of Defense Announces 2020 Employer Support Freedom Award Finalists
WASHINGTON - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2020 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The finalists include small and large private and public sector employers, nominated by a National Guard or Reserve employee in their organization. ESGR received 2,623 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout the 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and District of Columbia.
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February 07, 2020CFI Logistics honored by Department of Defense for Support of Employees Serving in the National Guard and Reserve

JOPLIN, Mo. – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, announced today that John Bowers, Branch Manager of Logistics for Contract Freighters, Inc. (CFI) in Joplin, was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees and family members of those that serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

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