Cadet Battalion Staff

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Cadet Dane Gillespie 
Cadet Battalion Commander

Cadet Dane Gillespie graduated from St. Francis High School in St. Francis, MN. He is attending St. John's University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management. Cadet Gillespie plays rugby for St. John's University. 

 

Cadet Matthew Giersdorf
Cadet Executive Officer

Cadet Matthew Giersdorf graduated from Moose Lake High School in 2004. He is attending St. Cloud State University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. Cadet Giersdorf participates in Ranger Challenge, Color Guards and intramural Sports.

 

Cadet Eric Blonigen
Cadet Command Sergeant Major

Cadet Eric Blonigen graduated from Monticello High School in 2011. He is attending St. Cloud State University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. Cadet Blonigen Participates in Ranger Challenge and Color Guards.

 

Cadet Otterson 
Cadet S-1 / Personnel

Cadet Jacob Otterson graduated from Maple Grove Senior High School, in Maple Grove, MN. He is attending St. John's University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management. Cadet Otterson has participated in Ranger Challenge, the Bataan Memorial Death March and plays Rugby for SJU.

 

Cadet Leah Hettwer
Asst. Cadet S-1 / Personnel

Cadet Leah Hettwer graduated from St. Francis High school in 2009.  She is attending St. Cloud State university where she plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology.  Cadet Hettwer participates in Ranger Challenge and the Bataan Memorial Death March.

 

Cadet Andrew Blasczyk
Cadet S-2 / Safety

Cadet Andrew Blasczyk graduated from Annandale High School in 2004. He is attending St. Cloud State University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. Cadet Blasczyk participates in Color Guards and previously served in the Active Army as an enlisted Soldier.

 

Cadet Nate Geislinger
Cadet S-3 / Training

Cadet Nate Geislinger graduated from Eden Valley-Watkins High School in Eden Vally, MN. He is attending St. John's University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies. Cadet Geislinger has participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March, color guards, intramural hockey, ultimate frisbee, amateur baseball and has spent time studying abroad in Australia.  

  

Cadet Dominic Shaw
Asst. Cadet S-3 / Training

Cadet Dominic Shaw graduated from Forest Lake High School, in Forest Lake, MN. He is attending St. John's University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Cadet Shaw has participated in the Cultural Understanding Language Proficiency Program (CULP) through ROTC in Romania. Cadet Shaw also participated in Ranger Challenge and SJU Football.

 

Cadet David Marschall
Cadet S-4 / Logistics

Cadet David Marschall graduated from Holy Family High School in Victoria, MN. He is attending St. John's University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management. Cadet Marschall participates in Ranger Challenge, Army Ten-Miler, Bataan Memorial Death March, and KU Ranger Buddy.  

 

Cadet Lucas Tousignant
Cadet S-5 / Public Affairs

Cadet Tousignant graduated from Delano High School in 2009. He is attending St. Cloud State University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Cadet Tousignant participates in Color Guards and has participated in the Bataan Death March.

 

Cadet Anne Smith
Cadet S-6 / Signal

Cadet Anne Smith graduated from Monroe Catholic High School in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is attending the College of Saint Benedict where she plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Cadet Smith participates in Ranger Challenge and Swimming.

 

Cadet Jeremy Hill  
A Company Training Officer

Cadet Jeremy Hill graduated from Mound's View High School in 2010 in Arden Hills, MN. He is attending St. John's University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Cadet hill participated in Saint John's University football for three years and competed for the German Armed Forces badge in 2011. 

 

 

Cadet Mathew Garrett
B Company Training Officer

Cadet Mathew Garrett graduated from Mascoutah Community High School, IL in May 2009. He is attending St. Cloud State University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in advertising. Cadet Garrett participates in Ranger Challenge and the Army Ten Miler.

 

Cadet Gerald Pittman
A Company Cadet Recruiting Operations

Cadet Gerald Pittman graduated from St. Francis High School in 2010 in St. Francis, MN. He is attending St. John's University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Cadet Pittman participates in Army Ten Miler, Ranger Challenge, KU Ranger Buddy, and the Bataan Memorial Death March.

 

Cadet Michael Johnson 
A Company Asst. Cadet Recruiting Operations

Cadet Michael Johnson graduated from Totino-Grace High School in Fridley, MN. He is attending St. John's University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Cadet Johnson has participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March, Ranger Challenge, color guards and the SJU Swing Dance Club. 

 

Cadet Matthew McDonald
B Company Cadet Recruiting Operations

Cadet Matthew McDonald graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 2010. He is attending St. Cloud State University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. Cadet McDonald participates in Color Guards and is a Police Reserve for the Avon, MN Police Department.  

 

Cadet Jeffery Smith
B Company Cadet Recruiting Operations Asst.

Cadet Jacob Oestreich graduated from Albany High School in Albany, MN. He is attending St. John's University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. Cadet Huseth participates in Ranger Challenge, Bataan Memorial Death March, and International Relations Club.

 

Cadet Nathan Illies 
Chief of Situational Training Exercise (STX) Committee

Cadet Nathan Illies graduated from Bemidji High School in Bemidji, MN. He is attending St. John's University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management. Cadet Illies is a member of the Ranger Challenger Black Team, Bataan Heavy Team, Army Ten-Miler Team, and KU Ranger Buddy Team.

 

Cadet Jacob Oestreich
Chief of Land Navigation Committee

Cadet Jacob Oestreich graduated from DeLaSalle High School in May, 2010. He is attending St. John's University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Nutrition. Cadet Wold participates in the SJU Senate, Rugby, and the Bataan Death March Team.

 

Cadet Rony Rathod 
Asst. of Land Navigation Committee

Cadet Rony Rathod graduated from Naperville North High School in Naperville, IL. He is attending St. Cloud State University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies. Cadet Rathod is a nationally registered emergency medical technician and a statistics tutor. 

 

Cadet Dakota Huseth
Asst. of Land Navigation Committee

Cadet Dakota Huseth graduated from Albany High School in Albany, MN. He is attending St. John's University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. Cadet Huseth participates in Ranger Challenge, Bataan Memorial Death March, and the International Relations Club. 

 

Cadet Thomas Grages 
Asst. of Land Navigation Committee

Cadet Thomas Grages graduated from Montevideo High School in Montevideo, MN. He is attending St. John's University. He plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management. Cadet Grages participates in intramural sports. 

 

Cadet Patrick Wold
Chief of Regimental Orders Committee

Cadet Patrick Wold graduated from DeLaSalle High School in May, 2010. He is attending St. John's University where he plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Nutrition. Cadet Wold participates in the SJU Senate, Rugby, and the Bataan Death March Team.

 

Cadet Katherine Peske
Asst. of First Aid Committee

Cadet Katherine Peske graduated from Rogers High School in Rogers, MN. She is attending St. Cloud State University where she plans on receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Cadet Peske participates in the University Honors Program and has previously served as a peer mentor in the First Year Transition Program.