Contact Information

Priscilla Harkin Volunteer Support Technician 801 W. National Guard Drive
Sioux Falls SD 57104

Kaylee LaCroix Program Support Specialist 2823 West Main Street
Rapid City SD 57702

South Dakota

Committee Leadership

Mr. James White State Chair VACANT            Bosslift Director
Mr. Ron Mielke Chair Emeritus Ms. Stef Garland Public Affairs Director
Mr. Darold Rounds Lewis and Clark Area Chair Mr. Steve Hauck Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Randy Rakness Glacial Lakes Area Chair VACANT  Military Outreach Director
Mr. Mike Birnbaum Black Hills Area Chair Ms. Lona Christensen            Training Director
Mr. Ralph Borkowski
Ombudsman Director Ms. Francie Ruebel-Alberts Awards Director


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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November 18, 2019Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Recognizes 2018 Volunteers of Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recognized the 2018 Volunteers of the Year (VOTY) during the National Leadership Meeting Nov. 15. 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 Operational.

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August 23, 2019DOD Honors Employers of Guardsmen, Reservists

WASHINGTON – Fifteen private-sector and municipal employers received the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award at a Pentagon ceremony for providing exceptional support to their employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves.

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June 17, 2019Department of Defense Announces 2019 Recipients of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
WASHINGTON ­– The Department of Defense announced the 15 recipients of the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees. Learn More.