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North Dakota

Committee Leadership

Ms. Sherry Adams State Chair
Mr. Rob Keller State Vice Chair
Mr. Delton Steele Chair Emeritus
Mr. Kevin Iverson Employer Outreach Director
Mr. David Sprynczynatyk Military Outreach Director
Mr. Dave Lipp Public Affairs Director
Mr. Alan Webster Training Director
Mr. Jerry Engelman Ombudsman Director
Ms. Karolin Jappe Area 1 Chair
Mr. Paul Stroklund Area 2 Chair
Ms. Heidi Becker Area 3 Chair
Mr. John Oncken Area 4 Chair
Mr. Dave Johnson Area 5 Chair
Mr. Robbie Hertz Area 6 Chair
Mr. Rob Keller Area 7 Chair
Mr. Arlyn Fredrick Area 7 Co-Chair
Mr. Rich Brauhn Area 8 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.

Contact Information

Janette Fetch Volunteer Support Technician Contractor 30 Fraine Barracks Road PO BOX 5511
Bismarck ND 58506-5511


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July 12, 2024ESGR Announces 2024 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award Recipients

Fifteen Exceptional Employers Recognized for Top Honor

WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense is pleased to announce the 15 recipients of the 2024 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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May 29, 2024Secretary of Defense appoints John F. Sampa as Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve National Chair

ARLINGTON, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has appointed retired Command Sgt. Maj. John F. Sampa, as the National Chair for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. ESGR’s National Chair is an official Department of Defense volunteer position.

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May 27, 2024In Memoriam Pennsylvania ESGR State Chair Emeritus George Duell

HORSHAM, Pa. – Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, honors the memory of George H. Duell, Jr. who was the State Chair from 2001–2007

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