Rear Adm. (ret) Prindle received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program in May 1979. He was designated a naval aviator in July 1980. Prindle earned a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in June 2001.
His operational tours include Patrol Squadron 45; USS Ranger (CV 61) catapult and arresting gear officer and V-2 division officer; Patrol Squadron 11 operations officer; Patrol Wing 5 ICEX 93 officer-in-charge; and Patrol Wing 10 chief staff officer. He commanded Patrol Squadron 46 and Patrol Squadron 30, the Fleet Replacement Squadron for the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force.
Shore assignments include Patrol Squadron 30 as an instructor pilot, and as the senior Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) evaluator, and P-3C NATOPS model manager. Major Staff duty tours include Assistant for Officer Promotion Plans and Policy, and special assistant for Flag Matters, Bureau of Naval Personnel; and program analyst, Assessment Division (N81), Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Additionally, he served on the Joint Staff (J8) as an action officer, CINC Liaison Office, Joint Requirements Division. While assigned to the Joint Staff, he completed the MIT Seminar XXI Fellows Program, Foreign Politics, International Relations and the National Interest. In September 2003, he was assigned as head, N810 Capabilities and Acquisition Branch, N81 Assessment Division, followed by duty as executive assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Resources, Requirements and Assessments, N8. Upon being selected for flag rank, Prindle served as commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group from September 2005 to August 2008. He later served as the director, Assessment Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (N81) from August 2008 to July 2011.
In June 2011, Prindle began his final assignment as Commander, Naval Safety Center.
Personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, in addition to various unit and service awards.