OUR NAVAL SCIENCE INSTRUCTORS
Education: Commander Lauper graduated from United Township High School in East Moline, IL. In 1993, Commander Lauper graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and earned a commission through the Navy ROTC program. While teaching at The Ohio State University Navy ROTC, Commander Lauper earned a Master of Arts from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. He has continued his education with additional courses through the University of Minnesota and Fort Hays State University.
Military Biography: Commander Lauper is a Surface Warfare Officer, which means that he drove ships in the Navy. His first assignment was in USS COMSTOCK (LSD 45), where he was a division officer in charge of the flight deck and well deck, and then serving as Navigator, responsible for the safe navigation and operation of the ship. On his second ship, USS ZEPHYR (PC 8), then LT Lauper was the Operations/Executive Officer and Navigator as ZEPHYR circumnavigated South America in 1997. Commander Lauper's first Department Head tour was in USS CARTER HALL (LSD 50), where he was responsible for the flight deck, well deck, boats, and cranes while deployed to the Mediterranean Sea in 2001. His second Department Head assignment was as First Lieutenant in USS BOXER (LHD 4). Commander Lauper was responsible for the movement of vehicles and troops via the well deck while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Following the 2003 deployment, Commander Lauper became the Navigator in USS BOXER as they deployed back to the Middle East in 2004. Following a staff assignment with Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific, Commander Lauper became the Officer in Charge of Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Detachment Norco from 2006-2010. Commander Lauper's final sea duty was again in USS BOXER (LHD 4) from 2010-2012, where he served as Operations Officer while deployed to the Gulf of Aden in 2011. Commander Lauper's final assignment in the Navy was as the Executive Officer/ Associate Professor of Naval Science at Navy ROTC Unit, University of Minnesota. Retiring in 2013 after 20 years of active duty, Commander Lauper began his next career teaching Navy JROTC at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, CA. In 2016, Commander Lauper seized upon the opportunity to join Area 11's finest NJROTC program at Troy High School.
Education: Lieutenant Roger Fronek was born and raised in Anaheim, California and graduated from Katella High School. After his time in the Army he attended Fullerton College and Humboldt State University majoring in business.
Military Biography: Lieutenant Fronek entered the US Army in 1973 and stationed in Germany for three years specializing in weapons maintenance and chemical warfare. In 1992, after graduating from college, he entered the Navy Reserve and trained as an Aviation Electrician on F14 Tomcats. He transitioned to the intelligence community in 1999. He deployed with the Navy in 2006 and spent the next year in Djibouti, Africa as the maritime analyst and liaison to the United Kingdom, giving briefs on piracy at the British Embassy in Dubai, UAE as well as several intelligence agencies in the UK. He received his commission as a Naval Intelligence officer in 2009 and served as the Executive Officer at Assault Craft Unit 1 in San Diego, California. Other units that he served in include Navy Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command, US Africa Command, Third Fleet Headquarters, Task force 151 Counter- Piracy and Explosive Ordinance Disposal Group One. He retired from the Navy in March 2016 after serving a total of 29 years of service. In his civilian career, he continued to work in the intelligence community spending a total of 4 and a half years in Afghanistan. Lieutenant Fronek currently lives in Yorba Linda with his wife of 32 years and his daughter who recently graduated from the University of California San Diego.
First Sergeant Lyon
Education: First Sergeant Lyon is a California native who attended Bell High School before enlisting in the Marine Corps. While in the Marine Corps he continued his education by earning an Associate's Degree from Saddle-back Community College, a Bachelor's Degree from National University in San Diego, and a Second Master's Degree from California State University in Fullerton.
Military Biography: First Sergeant Lyon enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 1974, sent to MCRD San Diego for recruit training, he graduated with platoon 2086, Echo Company, Second Recruit Training Battalion. Following "boot camp" he was ordered to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Infantry Training School, where he gained the MOS 0311 Rifleman. His first duty assignment took him to Headquarters and Service Company, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division, FMF, Camp Pendleton where he was further assigned to an 81 mm mortar platoon and cross trained as an 0341 Mortarman and 0331 perimeter Machine Gunner. Following his tour of duty with Seventh Marines First Sergeant Lyon was then transferred to the First Marine Brigade, Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where he had a brief interaction with Alpha Company, Third Reconnaissance Battalion. Being reassigned to additional billets, First Sergeant Lyon served as Chief Scout Sniper for Headquarters and Service Company and First Platoon Sergeant for Bravo Company, First Battalion, Third Marines. During June 1980, First Sergeant Lyon reported to Headquarters and Service Company, Infantry Training School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton for duty as 0311 Tactics instructor and subsequent duty as Platoon Commander, Alpha Company. Completing his tour of duty as instructor, First Sergeant Lyon was reassigned to MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina for Drill Instructor School. Upon graduation from Drill Instructor School, he saw a successful tour as Junior, Senior and Series Chief Drill Instructor while meritoriously being promoted to Gunnery Sergeant. First Sergeant Lyon's next duty assignment took him to the First Marine Division, FMF, Camp Pendleton to serve with Third Battalion, Ninth Marines where he performed the duties as Company Gunnery Sergeant for Lima Company and then as Dragon Platoon Sergeant for Weapons Company. While assigned to Ninth Marines Camp Pendleton, First Sergeant Lyon was selected for the Staff Noncommissioned Officers Degree Completion Program. Successfully achieving his Bachelors Degree in Public Administration of Criminal Justice, he graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors. Upon graduation, First Sergeant Lyon was assigned to MCRD, San Diego for duty as the Depot OSHA Safety Inspector Instructor and held that billet until he was frocked to the rank of First Sergeant. Upon being frocked to First Sergeant, he became Director Non-Commissioned Officers Academy and Officer of Troops for Headquarters and Service Company. After completion of his MCRD tour, First Sergeant Lyon was reassigned to Bravo Company, Third Reconnaissance Battalion, FMF, Okinawa, Japan as Company First Sergeant. There after, First Sergeant Lyon moved on to Echo Company, Fourth Reconnaissance Battalion, FMF, Anchorage, Alaska as Inspector Instructor First Sergeant. First Sergeant Lyon held this I & I billet until he was temporary retired from the operating forces due to a near fatal mishap resulting in a five-week level five coma injury. Upon recovery, First Sergeant Lyon had the opportunity of returning to the active forces and consideration for promotion to the rank of Sergeant Major, but elected to accept full retirement, in 1995, and assume duties as Marine Representative, Associate Naval Science Instructor, Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps,Troy High School, Fullerton, California. First Sergeant, at present, is commencing his twenty-fifth year as an NSI at Troy High School.
First Sergeant Barnes
Education: First Sergeant Barnes attended Doniphan High School. He later attended Palomar College.
Military Biography: First Sergeant Barnes enlisted in the Marine Corps on December 4, 1978 because he wanted to serve his country. During his time in the Corps, he was a radio technician/repairman. He was advanced to First Sergeant three years before his retirement in December of 1999.