Deputy Commandant of Cadets
Captain James S. Snyder (Ret.) is deputy commandant of 2nd Battalion.
CAPT Snyder, a native of Pennsylvania and graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, received his commission via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship Program. After his commission and basic surface warfare training, he served principally on frigates and operational staffs in support of cruisers, destroyers and frigates.
He commanded the Knox Class frigate USS Ainsworth. He completed six deployments including Cold War operations against the Soviet Fleet in the Atlantic Ocean and North and Mediterranean Seas; maritime interdiction ops off Central America, Lebanon, and Haiti; counter-drug ops in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific areas; and served on the task group commander’s staff for the 1986 U.S. strike on Libya.
Ashore, CAPT Snyder was assigned as a recruiter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and served four tours in Washington, D.C. — on the Joint Staff, the Navy Staff, and as the Navy representative to the Congressional Commission on Military Training and Gender-Related Issues. Selected and assigned to major command, he served as commanding officer, Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center, San Diego, California. For his final assignment, CAPT Snyder was the professor of naval science and commanding officer of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at Virginia Tech.
He is a graduate of the National War College and earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma.
CAPT Snyder completed over 30 years of commissioned Naval service before retiring and joining the commandant's staff in 2004.
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