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North Dakota

Committee Leadership

Mr. Delton Steele State Chair
Mr. Dave Johnston Vice Chair/Area 5 Co-Chair
Mr. Greg Wilz Chair Emeritus
Mr. Jerry Engelman Ombudsman Director
Mr. Arlyn Fredrick Ombudsman
Mr. Kevin Iverson Employer Outreach Director
Mr. David Sprynczynatyk Military Outreach Director
Mr. Rob Keller Public Affairs Director
Mr. Jerry Samuelson/Ms Karolin Jappe Area 1 Co-Chairs
Mr. Paul Stroklund Area 2 Chair
Mr. Paul Bonicelli Area 3 Chair
Mr. Mark Goodman/Mr. John Oncken Area 4 Co-Chairs
Ms Kay Ames Area 5 Co-Chair
Mr. Robbie Hertz Area 6 Chair
Mr. Rob Keller/Mr. Arlyn Fredrick Area 7 Co-Chairs
Mr. Gerald Miller Training Director
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 430 Fraine Barracks Road, Building #30 PO BOX 5511
Bismarck ND 58506-5511


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December 12, 2022Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association signs a Statement of Support

HERSHEY, Pa. – Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (PA-ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, announced that the Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association (PACA) recently signed a Statement of Support confirming their support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

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November 22, 2022ESGR Gathers for Annual National Leadership Meeting

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – As we continue to celebrate our 50th Anniversary, dozens of state committee leaders, volunteers, and staff of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) gathered at the Mark Center for the 2022 Annual National Leadership Meeting (NLM) November 17 and 18.

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September 30, 20222023 Freedom Award Nomination Season Opens October 1

WASHINGTON ­– The 2023 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award nomination season opens October 1, meaning Guard and Reserve Service members across the nation can submit their exceptional employers for national recognition beginning October 1 until December 31.

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