About our Naval Science Instructors

Senior Naval Science Instructor:

Lieutenant LaFontaine enlisted in the Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician in December 1998 and quickly made Navy history by earning his Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS) designation as an E-3! After advancing to petty officer second class, he attended Officer Candidate School in 2007, where he graduated first in his class and was commissioned as an Ensign, earning his “wings” as a naval aviator shortly thereafter. From 2012 to 2015, he served as assistant professor of naval science for NROTC at The Ohio State University, where he also completed his Master of Business Administration. In 2015, he transferred to the Commander, Sixth Fleet Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) Cell in Naples, Italy, where he served until his retirement in 2019. His awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (six awards), and numerous unit, campaign, and service medals and ribbons.

Lieutenant La Fontaine currently lives in Powhatan with his wife, Erica and daughter, Ireland.  His oldest daughter, Deija, is a graduate of Kent State University and currently resides in Kent, Ohio.

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.

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