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Major John Prince

Assistant Professor

Department of History

Maj Prince
Contact Information

(719) 333-8592



Major John Prince rejoined the History Department at the U.S. Air Force Academy in June 2022 after having previously taught in the department from 2013 – 2016. Currently serving as an Assistant Professor, his research and scholarly interests include World History, Military History, and War & Society. Major Prince’s doctoral dissertation, “Keeping ‘Em Flying: The American Ground Crew Experience in Europe During World War II” examines the impact of ground crews on the European air campaign. Considered to be “unsung heroes,” their stories are frequently in the background. Major Prince brings their stories to the foreground, demonstrating that the work and dedication of the ground crews provided essential support to the bombing campaigns, profoundly aiding in their success. Prior to his current teaching assignment, Major Prince served as the Operations Officer at the 22d Force Support Squadron at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, where he also deployed in support of Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, RESOLUTE SUPPORT, and ALLIES REFUGE.


PhD, History, Florida State University (2020)

MA, History, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2005)

BA, History, Oklahoma Baptist University (2000)

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Department of History, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO (2022 – Present)

Operations Officer, 22d Force Support Squadron, McConnell Air Force Base, KS (2020 – 2022)

Secretary of the General Staff, Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan; Defense Security Cooperation Management Office, Afghanistan, CENTCOM Forward Headquarters, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar (2021)

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea (2016 – 2017)

Instructor and Assistant Professor, Department of History, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO (2013 – 2016)

Officer-in-Charge, Dignified Transfers, Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, Dover Air Force Base, DE (2013)

Executive Officer, 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany (2011 – 2013)

Officer-in-Charge, Fitness and Sports, 86th and 786th Force Support Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany (2010 – 2011)

Honors & Awards

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal

Air and Space Commendation Medal with three devices

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

NATO Campaign Medal

David H. Zook Award for Teaching Excellence in World History, U.S. Air Force Academy, 2015

Research and Scholarly Interests

World History

Military History

War & Society


“Stephen Crane.”  Reforming America: A Thematic Encyclopedia and Document Collection of the Progressive Era. Ed. Jeffrey Johnson.  Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2017.

“Children of the Atom Splitters: Families, Culture, and Life under the Manhattan Project” 82nd Annual Meeting of The Society for Military History, Montgomery, Alabama, April 2015.



Denise Kiernan, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II (New York: Touchstone, 2013) in Michigan War Studies Review, December 2014.