Co-Owners Dan & Joan Suk
Dan and Joan Suk have been long time firearms collectors and enthusiasts from the Hunterdon County area. Over the past four years they saw the need for an indoor facility where the public could meet and also practice marksmanship with firearms. Both share a background in business and engineering and are firm second amendment supporters. Dan and Joan are very proud of their facility and want to welcome all levels of shooting enthusiasts to visit the Tactical Training Center and see what it has to offer!
A former United States Marine, Pete was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. He served with the Third Marine Division (Okinawa, Japan) and was later recruited into the Marine Embassy Guard program, serving abroad in several American Embassies, responsible for the security of diplomatic personnel and property.
After his discharge, Pete was hired by the Branchburg Township Police Department as a Police Officer. He was shortly thereafter hired by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office as a County Detective, where he worked until his retirement as Captain of Detectives, 26 years later. While Pete served in various units within the Prosecutor’s Office, his primary expertise evolved into the training world. Pete is both a graduate of (Class #1-88), and years later served as the Commanding Officer of, the prestigious Somerset County Police Academy, located in Hillsborough New Jersey. Pete has trained more than 3.000 law enforcement officers from across the state and beyond over the course of his career. Pete is a passionate instructor who has also trained thousands of civilians in a variety of topical areas and developed a reputation as an instructor who is detail oriented and one who ensures material is understood by his students.
Academically, Pete earned three degrees from Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey and after graduating with his Master’s in Leadership and Public Administration, Pete went on to teach undergraduates as an Adjunct Professor at Centenary College for nine years.
Pete earned his New Jersey Police Training Commission Firearms Instructor certification in 1998 and has been teaching firearms since. Pete has earned numerous instructor level certifications including New Jersey Police Training Commission Rangemaster, NRA Basic Pistol Instructor, TASER Instructor, Monadnock PR-24, MEB, MDTS Instructor, Physical Fitness Instructor, Self Defense Instructor, Active Shooter Instructor, Safariland Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Instructor, ASP Instructor and other instructor level trainings.
Pete has served with the Somerset County Emergency Response Team (SCERT) as both a SWAT operator and later as a Crisis Negotiator, serving 10 years as the Commander of the Somerset County Crisis Negotiations Team. Pete is the author of the original Somerset County Emergency Response Team Administrative and Operational Handbook, a 300 plus page guide to administrative functions and SWAT operations for special teams. Pete is the developer of the Combat Oriented Navigational Exercises (CONE) Training System, providing students with a transitional step from tactical classroom theory to live fire or real tactical situations.
While Pete has achieved numerous professional accomplishments serving over thirty-two years’ in uniform, you will find him at the TTC with a quick smile, a quiet demeanor and a passion to patiently serve you through his interest in firearms sales or instruction.
Pete can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Lessig, Director of Training
Scott Lessig is a law enforcement supervisor with nearly 30 years’ experience, serving the majority of his career with the Raritan Township Police Department and as a SWAT officer since 1987. He was a founding team member, team leader, instructor and coordinator for Hunterdon County SWAT, and a Team Member of Somerset County SWAT. Scott has held the positions of Entry Team Member and Leader, Explosives Handler/Breacher, and Scout/Sniper.
Contact Scott Lessig at Slessig@tacticaltrainingcenternj.com
Scott holds certifications as a Firearms Instructor (Pistol, Shotgun, Patrol Rifle, Submachine Gun, and NRA Pistol), Live-fire Shoot-house Instructor, NJ-RTO Instructor, Chemical Agents Instructor, Collapsible Baton Instructor, Defensive Tactics and Counter-measures Instructor, Active Shooter Response Instructor, and Use of Force Instructor. He was the Primary Firearms Training Instructor for his department.
Scott was a factory certified armorer from Remington, Heckler and Koch, Smith & Wesson, Glock and Mossberg. He is an NRA Life-Member, a former High-Power Rifle Competitor, and an avid outdoorsman.
Scott holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources, Training and Education from Seton Hall University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Range Safety Officers
The TTC employs only the highest caliber of RSO’s (Range Safety Officers) to assure you have a safe and pleasurable experience. All our RSO’s are either current or retired Law Enforcement officers from Local, State or Federal agencies. They are all accomplished officers in their field, some having SWAT or Military background which offer an abundance of experience and knowledge to make your visit much more enjoyable.
Range Safety Officer/ TTC Instructor
Chris has been an officer with the Montgomery Township Police Department since 1997. During his time with Montgomery, Chris served 8 years with the Somerset County Emergency Response SWAT Team, responding to incidents of barricaded subjects, hostage situations and performing high risk warrant service. He held positions on the inner perimeter team and building entry Team Bravo. Chris has also held positions in the police department as Detective, Field Training Officer, Community Policing Officer, Pepper Spray Instructor, Firearms Instructor and Defense Tactics Instructor.
In addition to his law enforcement career, Chris enlisted in the New Jersey Army National Guard in 1993. Chris continues to serve with the guard and currently holds the rank of First Sergeant (E-8). He currently is responsible for the supervision of 88 soldiers. Chris holds three Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) including Infantryman, Reconnaissance Scout and Combat Explosives Handler. Chris has deployments overseas as well as stateside. He served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he lead a nine man squad and directly planned and participated in over 70 sensitive liaisons missions and over 200 high profile missions. He also served as the head instructor for the Army’s Infantry School and Scout Reconnaissance Program and holds a Secret Clearance with the Department of Defense.
Chris holds certifications as an NRA instructor in Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun, Trident Concepts Combative Carbine & Combative Pistol, Diamondback Tactical Progressive Enforcement Options, National Tactical Officers Basic SWAT Course, Somerset County Police Academy Tactical Shotgun, Blackwater Training Center Extreme Officer Survival, Advanced Infantry Marksmanship, Federal Protective Services Emergency Medical Technician, International Training Personal Executive Protection Course and State of New Jersey Use of Force Training for the Retired Law Enforcement Officer.
Chris has trained in martial arts for over 20 years and holds a brown belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, he has fought in several amateur competitions including MMA. He volunteers his time working with soldiers who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Centenary College.
Range Safety Officer/TTC Instructor
Mark retired from the New York City Police Department as a Sergeant assigned as a supervisor of a Major Case Unit within the Organized Crime Control Bureau. During a law enforcement career that spanned 30 years, Mark worked in the Robbery Squad, Pickpocket Larceny Unit, Manhattan/Bronx Plainclothes Task Force, Internal Affairs Bureau, and Narcotics Division.
During his 30 year law enforcement career, Mark was employed by the following agencies:
- The Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, Kings County District Attorney’s Office,
- NYC Transit Police (merged with the NYPD in 1995), New York City Police Department, Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Office and the Delaware Township Police Department.
Jay retired in 2019 as a Detective Sergeant in the Town of Clinton (NJ) Police Department after a 26 year law enforcement career involving both patrol and investigative assignments.
Jay is a founding member of the Hunterdon County Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), a collateral duty assignment. Since its inception in 1997, Jay rose through the ranks and positions on the Team ultimately becoming the Team Operations Officer (TOO). In that capacity, Jay was the Tactical Commander of the Team and was responsible for all training and the safe, operational success of the Team. Jay implemented trainings in a way that combined tactical, medical, and negotiator elements in each training, allowing for greater team integration and coordinated efforts. In addition to SWAT duties, Jay developed and instituted training programs for local law enforcement, including pistol, patrol rifle, less lethal impact munitions, Conducted Energy Devices (CED) and officer safety.
Additionally, Jay retired as a Gunnery Sergeant (E-7) in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 2011. He had been member of the US Marine Corps and US Marine Corps Reserve since 1989. A Combat Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom — Iraq three tours 2003, 2005 & 2008/2009, Operation Enduring Freedom — Horn of Africa 2002-2003, Operation Rapid Guardian — Kosovo 2002 and Operation Desert Shield/Storm- Kuwait/Saudi Arabia 1990-1991. Gunnery Sergeant Hunter’s personal awards include – Purple Heart Medal (x2), Navy Achievement Medal with “V’ Valor Device, Navy Achievement Medal (x2), Navy Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon (x2), Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation, Letter of Appreciation (x6), Meritorious Mast (x2)
Jay holds NRA Instructor certifications in Basic Pistol, Basic Rifle, Patrol Rifle, Precision Rifle and Home Firearms Safety.
In addition to instructing at TTC, Jay is an Adjunct Instructor with Louisiana State University NCBRT Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education where he is a US Department of Homeland Security Instructor in Law Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response.
Jay is also very active in volunteering with Team Rubicon as a “Grey Shirt” and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5119, Glen Gardner, NJ where he serves as the Post Commander.
Senior Associate/Membership and Event Coordinator
Melissa is the TTC’s Senior Associate and can often be found at the TTC front desk. Melissa brings to the TTC her customer service background, superior organizational skills, her quick smile and lots of enthusiasm. In addition to her Associate responsibilities, Melissa is the TTC Membership and Event Coordinator, where she ensures the prompt and appropriate response to all membership matters. Additionally, Melissa can be contacted to set up those special events or activities many customers seek; including teambuilding, bride or groom events, birthday or other special event celebrations and even the reservation of our facilities for meetings and trainings.
Melissa is an accomplished equestrian and enjoys competing with her thoroughbred “Glitter and Charm” in “The Jumpers” during her off time. Melissa is a graduate of the NRA Basic Handgun Course and enjoys shooting the Ruger 22/45 Lite and the Heckler and Koch VP9
Melissa can be contacted at email@example.com