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South Dakota

Committee Leadership

Mr. Ralph Borkowski State Chair
Ms. Lona Christensen State Vice Chair
Mr. Ron Mielke State Chair Emeritus
Vacant Employer Outreach Director
Vacant Military Outreach Director
Ms. Stef Garland Public Affairs Director
Vacant Public Affairs Director
Ms. Beverly Rosenboom Training Director
Ms. Lona Christensen Ombudsman Director
Vacant Awards Director
Ms. Karon Gubbrud Awards Director
Mr. Ron Mielke Bosslift Coordinator
Ms. Kathleen Schuh Volunteer Coordinator
Ms. Amy Hanson Lewis and Clark Area Chair
Mr. Randy Rakness Glacial Lakes Area Chair
Mr. Mike Birnbaum Black Hills Area 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

Maureen Dowling Volunteer Support Technician Contractor 2823 West Main Street
Rapid City SD 57702
605-737-6206
maureen.l.dowling.ctr@army.mil

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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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April 17, 2024Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Announces 2023 Volunteers of Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (April 17, 2024) –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve proudly announces the 2023 Volunteers of the Year (VOTY). Volunteers who serve in following functional and operational areas were nominated by their respective State Committee for the prestigious honor of being named Volunteer of the Year: Military Outreach, Employer Outreach, Public Affairs, Training, Ombudsman, and Operations.

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