The University of South Dakota
The initial oath of allegiance starts the Cadet experience in ROTC. The Professor of Military Science and all the Cadre members at the Prairie Fire Battalion are dedicated to mentoring Cadets throughout their college experience. The Cadre strive to help the Cadets grow as individuals, students and leaders.

The Professor of Military Science, LTC Ross Nelson swears in Cadet Cassie Donahoe

The initial oath of allegiance starts the Cadet experience in ROTC. The Professor of Military Science and all the Cadre members at the Prairie Fire Battalion are dedicated to mentoring Cadets throughout their college experience. The Cadre strive to help the Cadets grow as individuals, students and leaders.

LTC Ross Nelson

Professor of Military Science

Hometown
• Ivanhoe, Minnesota

Education
• M.A., Procurement and Acquisition Management, Webster University (2010)
• B.S., Electrical Engineering, United States Military Academy (1996)

Duty Stations
• Fort Rucker, Alabama
• Fort Drum, New York
• Fort Carson, Colorado
• Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Deployments
• Albania
• Macedonia
• Kosovo
• Bosnia
• Iraq
• Kuwait

CPT David Larson

Assistant Professor of Military Science

Hometown
• Hartford, South Dakota

Education
• B.S., Business Administration, University of South Dakota (2002)

Duty Stations
• South Dakota Army National Guard

Deployments
• Afghanistan

MSG Michael Balis

Senior Military Instructor

Hometown
• French Camp, California

Education
• Associate Degree, Central Texas College

Duty Stations
• Fort Bragg, North Carolina
• Vilseck, Germany
• Fort Drum, New York
• Camp Casey, Korea
• Fort Sill, Oklahoma
• Camp Redcloud, Korea
• Fort Carson, Colorado

Deployments
• Operation Just Cause (Panama)
• Desert Shield/Desert Storm
• Operation Iraqi Freedom (3 tours)

SFC Larry Pennington

MSIII Instructor

Hometown
• Adamsville, Tennessee

Education
• B.S., Business Administration, Troy University (in progress)
• A.S., Business Administration, Troy University (2006)

Duty Stations
• Fort Hood, Texas
• Fort Stewart, Georgia
• Fort Bragg, North Carolina
• Fort Lewis, Washington

Deployments
• Bosnia
• Kuwait
• Afghanistan
• Philippines
• Thailand
• Korea

SFC Pennington is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Mr. Damian Donahoe

Senior Military Science Instructor

Hometown
• Hawarden, Iowa

Education
• B.S., Chemistry, University of South Dakota (1989)
• M.A., Education, University of South Dakota (2002)
• M.A., Strategic Studies, United States Army War College (2010)

Duty Stations
• Current member of the Iowa Army National Guard

Deployments
• Qatar
• Afghanistan

Mr. Jeffry Rarick

Senior Military Science Instructor

Hometown
• Vermillion, South Dakota

Education
• B.S., Journalism, Ohio University (1979)
• J.D., Law, University of South Dakota (2003)

Duty Stations
• Various Stations throughout the Continental U.S.
• Germany
• Korea

Deployments
• Korea
• Iraq

Mr. Gregory Kerkman

Human Resource Assistant

Hometown
• Raeville, Nebraska

Education
• Bachelors of Business Administration (B.B.A), University of South Dakota (In Progress)
• Associates Degree (Business Management), Central Texas College (2010)

Duty Stations
• Nurnberg, Germany
• Fort Carson, CO
• Fort Bragg, NC

Deployments
• Europe
• Caribbean
• Sub-Saharan Africa
• Southwest Asia

Mr. Jerry Anderson

Supply Technician

Hometown
• Wakonda, South Dakota

Deployments
• Iraq
• Germany
• Jamaica
• Honduras
• Alaska