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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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November 30, 2023Department of Defense is accepting applications for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve National Chair

ARLINGTON, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ The Department of Defense (DoD) is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the National Chair of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The National Chair is appointed by the Secretary of Defense as an unpaid statutory volunteer.

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November 16, 2023Delaware ESGR Chair Inducted into Aviation Hall of Fame

NEW CASTLE, Del. – Delaware Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Chair, Hugh T. Broomall, was inducted into the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame at a formal ceremony presided over by LeSans Alexander, the Aviation’s Hall of Fame vice president Nov. 10.

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November 02, 2023Pennsylvania Chair Emeritus inducted into Hall of Fame

HORSHAM, Pa. – Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, announced that State Chair Emeritus Wesley (Wes) Craig was inducted into the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) Hall of Fame in October.

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