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:
A native of Heath, Ohio, Master Chief Petty Officer Steve Prince enlisted in the United States Navy in 1987. His successful naval career spanned 24 years which included the Cold War, Gulf War, and the Global War on Terrorism (including Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom), culminating in his retirement in 2011. His duty assignments included Helicopter Attack Squadron Light FOUR (HAL-4) and 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 and NR-Fleet Hospital Great Lakes Det D, Cleveland, OH; Commander, US Naval Forces Central Command, Manama, Bahrain; and finally Commander, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group, Williamsburg, VA. During his career, he was awarded 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.
Before coming to James River, Master Chief Prince served briefly as a Campus Pastor at Crosswalk Community Church in Williamsburg and published his first book, “Farewell the Innocent.” In January 2017, he became the third Naval Science Instructor to serve in the James River High School NJROTC program. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Liberty University in Interdisciplinary Studies with cognates in business leadership and religion. He also holds certifications as an Advanced Navy JROTC Instructor and Civilian Marksmanship Program Instructor and is licensed to teach in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He and his wife, Kris, currently reside in Williamsburg and have two young adult children. In their spare time, they enjoy volunteering with the 501st Legion and Siberian Husky rescue.