Raised in Enfield, Connecticut, Rear Adm. LaRoche entered the Naval Academy Preparatory School in August 1978 and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1983, earning a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. He is a qualified surface warfare officer.
Navy Reserve Command assignments included: United States European Command, Headquarters, U.S. Armed Forces, Europe Detachment 0193 supporting the J3 Operations Directorate; Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 8 where he was mobilized to United States Central Command (CENTCOM) as commander Task Group 56.5; Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 206 where he was mobilized to the United Arab Emirates; and Inshore Boat Unit 23. At sea, he served on USS Barney (DDG 6) as an anti-submarine warfare officer and on USS Patterson (FF 1061) as a weapons officer.
Staff assignments included: director of Knowledge Management at 2nd Fleet; executive officer for Naval Control and Protection of Shipping, CENTCOM Detachment; and OPNAV N85 Expeditionary Warfare. From September 2010 to September 2012, he served as deputy commander, Military Sealift Command on a two-year recall to active duty. He recently completed a two year assignment as deputy commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, and is Joint Qualification Officer Level 3 qualified. In 1996, he earned a Master of Science in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a concentration in software engineering.
LaRoche presently serves as deputy commander, Naval Installation Command. In his civilian career, he works for the Northrop Grumman Corporation Command and Control Division, serving as director of Operations and Programs. Personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.