Lieutenant Commander Michael K. Fontaine
LCDR Fontaine is a native of Port Huron, Michigan. He enlisted in the Navy as a Machinist’s Mate in November of 1995 and was promoted to Second Class Petty Officer prior to being selected for the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program. He graduated as Valedictorian and was commissioned at North Carolina State University in 2000.
Following completion of the Surface Warfare Division Officer’s course LCDR Fontaine was assigned to USS REUBEN JAMES (FFG 57) as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer and Combat Information Center Officer where he planned and executed multi-national exercises with Pakistan, Qatar and Great Britain. Upon completion of the Nuclear Propulsion training pipeline he was assigned as the Reactor Controls Division Officer onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). During the around the world deployment LCDR Fontaine was temporarily assigned to Destroyer Squadron 31 where he served as a Regional Engagement Officer and coordinated exercises with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in support of Commander Fifth Fleet's Theater Security Cooperation initiative.
Following his Division Officer tours, LCDR Fontaine was assigned to Nuclear Power Training Unit in Charleston, South Carolina where he served as Shift Engineer of Moored Training Ship 626 Crew Alpha.
LCDR Fontaine completed the Surface Warfare Department Head's course and was assigned to USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) as First Lieutenant in December 2008. He served as the shipyard's primary point of contact and led the ship through the over $100 million planned mid-life availability which modernized the propulsion plant of this 25 year old warship. LCDR Fontaine's second department head tour was as Reactor Training Assistant on USS GEORGE H W BUSH (CVN 77) where he completed the ship's maiden deployment.
LCDR Fontaine's most recent assignment was as the Production Requirements Branch Deputy Branch Head in the Learning and Development Division at Naval Education and Training Command in Norfolk, Virginia.
LCDR Fontaine's personal decorations include the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Good Conduct Medal and several unit and expeditionary awards and ribbons.