Meet Our JROTC Instructors

Our JROTC program has three full-time faculty members.

LTC James Fischer

SGM Dave Berrisford

MSG Ken Peloski

LTC (Retired) James C. Fischer

  • BA in History and German
  • PhD  Philosophy of History
  • Military education includes, Airborne School, Air Defense, Ranger School, Combined Arms and Service Staff School and the CGSC.
  • Served overseas in Germany, Bosnia, and Baghdad, and more recently as the First Calvary Division Air Defense Officer until 2006
  • Professor of Military Science at St. John's University/College of St. Benedict and St. Cloud State until 2010, when he retired from active duty after 22 years of service.

Sergeant Major Dave Berrisford

  • A graduate of Cretin High School, Class of 1981
  • A 23 year veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from active service in 2004.
  • Military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), Basic Non-commissioned Officer Course (BNCOC) , Advanced Non-commissioned Officer Course (ANCOC), Battle Staff Non-commissioned Officer Course, and the Sergeants Majors Academy. 
  • Holds occupational specialties in chemical, aviation, both in maintenance and management, and logistics fields. 
  • Training and experience in the Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical field
  • Was the MN Homeland Security Branch Director before coming to CDH.

Master Sergeant (Retired) Ken Peloski

  • BS in Business Administration
  • Emphasis in Human Resources Management
  • Served 20 years Active Duty, U.S. Army (1982-2002)
  • Military education includes Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Course (BNCOC), Advanced Non-Commissioned Officers Course (ANCOC), Air Defense, Recruiting and Retention, and Station Commander's Course.
  • Formerly Senior Army Instructor at Minnesota Transitions High School Army JROTC program, prior to coming to CDH.