About our Senior Naval Instructor and Naval Science Instructor

Senior Naval Science Instructor:

Commander Pete Greenwald was raised in Springfield, Illinois and is a 1984 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a BS in Ceramic Engineering. Upon graduation, Commander Greenwald attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI and later flight training in Pensacola, FL.  He received fixed and rotary wing flight training culminating in his designation as a Naval Aviator in 1987. He then completed Fleet Replacement Pilot training in the SH-2F at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Warfare Squadron (Light) THREE ONE (HSL 31) in San Diego, California.

Commander Greenwald completed sea duty with the “Magicians” of HSL 35 from 1988-1990 deploying on several short cruises and one WESTPAC. His duties included Squadron Ground Training Officer, Detachment Administrative and Detachment Maintenance Officer. He also served as the Flight Deck Officer on the pre-commissioning crew of the USS KEARSARGE (LHD-3) in Norfolk from 1992-1994.

Commander Greenwald’s shore duty assignments include Naval Post-Graduate School, United States Air Force Academy as an instructor in Military Art and Science, Naval Air Reserve Whidbey Island, Commander Naval Reserve Force in New Orleans, LA where he served as Head, Personnel Policy and Strength Planning and Community Management and the Office of the Chief of Navy Reserve staff where he served as Head, Personnel and Manpower Policy Branches. Commander Greenwald assumed Command of Navy Operational Support Center, Columbus, OH on 8 July 2006.  In his final tour, Commander Greenwald completed pre-deployment training at  Fort Riley, KS and then served in Gardez, Afghanistan with a joint embedded training team in support of the Afghan National Army 203rd Corps. 

Commander Greenwald served three years as a Drilling Reservist at Great Lakes, IL and Columbus, OH. He served as Administrative, Training and Executive Officer of NR CVNW 0795.

Commander Greenwald’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (4), Navy Commendation Medal (2), Air  Force commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (3), and other campaign and unit awards.

Commander Greenwald is married to the former Anne K. Hagstrom of Buffalo, New York. They have four children, Katrina, Nathaniel, Jacqueline, and Molly and one granddaughter. He is now the Senior Naval Science Instructor at James River High School.

Naval Science Instructor:

On January 2, 2017, Master Chief Petty Officer Steve Prince became the newest Naval Science Instructor for the James River High School NJROTC program. His successful naval career spanned 24 years, culminating with his retirement in January 2011, and included duty assignments at Helicopter Attack Squadron Light FOUR (HAL-4), Norfolk, VA; Helicopter Combat Support Special Squadron FOUR (HCS-4), Norfolk, VA; Atlantic Representative Commander Naval Surface Reserve Force, Norfolk, VA; Personnel Support Activity Detachment, Newport, RI; USS COPELAND (FFG-25), San Diego, CA; Naval Reserve Center, Cleveland, OH; NR-Fleet Hospital Great Lakes Det D, Cleveland, OH; Commander, US Naval Forces Central Command, Manama, Bahrain; and Commander, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group, Williamsburg, VA. Master Chief Prince’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (seven awards), Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Good Conduct Medal (four awards), Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), National Defense Service Medal (two awards), Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Navy Arctic Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (silver hourglass and bronze “M” devices), Navy Rifle Sharpshooter, and Navy Pistol Expert.

A native of Heath, Ohio, Master Chief Prince attended Ohio Northern University, The Ohio State University, Tidewater Community College, and finally Liberty University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with cognates in business leadership and religion. He is also a former pastor, published author, and fifteen-year veteran leader of Royal Rangers, a youth mentoring and leadership development program for young men. He and his wife, Kris, currently reside in Williamsburg with their son, Ryan, and daughter, Kara, both of whom currently study at Liberty University. In their spare time, Master Chief and Mrs. Prince also volunteer with Siberian Husky rescue here in eastern Virginia.

About our Unit:
James River High School NJROTC was commissioned in 2009 with CDR Greenwald and Petty Officer Davis as SNSI (Senior Naval Science Instructor) and NSI (Naval Science Instructor) respectively. Since then, the unit has grown in both size and prestige, earning the status of Distinguished Unit in 2013, Unit Achievement in 2014 and Distinguished Unit again in 2015 and 2016, under the leadership of Chief Petty Officer Brian Mack, who replaced PO Davis after his move to South Carolina. At the end of the 2015-2016 academic term, Chief Mack was selected for training as a Chesterfield County Firefighter. He still makes sure to support the unit in any way he can, such as attending unit competitions, but due to his rigorous training schedule he is unable to continue as our NSI. His position was filled by Colonel Bill Barrett, US Army (ret.) until January 2017, when Master Chief Steven Prince, a former preacher and published author, stepped up to fill the position.

The unit strives to live out the Navy’s core values of “Honor, Courage, and Commitment” in everything we do, including performing community service, providing ceremonial color guards for events, competing against other units in military drill, physical training, “Raiders” events, orienteering, air rifle marksmanship, academics, and uniform personnel inspection (UPI). In fact, 2016 marks the first year (of what we hope will be many) that the JRHS Drill, PT, and Academic teams ranked in the top ten schools in Area 5 – which consists of all NJROTC Units in Virginia and Maryland – earning the unit a place at the prestigious Area 5 Drill, Field, and Academic championship in Norfolk, Virginia. The Academic Team proceeded to place second out of all 57 units in Area 5, a truly impressive accomplishment.

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