Colonel Snyder was born in Oxford, OH. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Business Administration from Averett University (1994).
Upon completion of The Basic School in December 1988, he attended the Logistics Officer Course in Little Creek, VA. In April 1989, he reported for duty with 2d Landing Support Battalion, 2d Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune, NC, where he served as the Battalion Maintenance Management Officer.
In December 1989, he was reassigned as the Air Delivery Platoon Commander, Beach and Terminal Operations Company. During this period, he deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD/STORM. In May 1991, he was selected to serve as the Aide-de-Camp for the Commanding General, 2d Force Service Support Group. During this time, he deployed in support of Operation JTF-GTMO.
He transferred in July 1992 to Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, VA, where he was assigned as a Test and Evaluation Specialist for new acquisition programs. Following his tour with Systems Command, he was assigned as a student at the Marine Corps Command and Control Systems School.
In June 1996, after graduation he returned to Camp Lejeune and was assigned as the S-4 for 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines. In June 1998, he was reassigned as the Regimental S-4 for 2d Marines. During this period, he deployed in support of Exercises DYNAMIC MIX (Turkey) and BATTLE GRIFFIN (Norway).
He reported in June 1999, to New Orleans, LA, as the On-Site Marine and Requirements Officer for the LPD 17 Program. Following this tour, he attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA, for six months before being ordered to 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, where he served as a Watch Officer, Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4 during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM-I.
In August 2003, he reported to Okinawa for duty with 3d Force Service Support Group and was assigned as the Executive Officer for 3d Transportation Support Battalion. From 13 November 2003 until 23 January 2004, Colonel Snyder was the Commanding Officer, 3d Transportation Support Battalion. Following the Change of Command, he resumed duties as the Executive Officer until his departure in May 2005
Colonel Snyder commanded the Logistics Operations School, Camp Johnson, NC, from June 2005–June 2007. Following command, he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C., earning a Master’s of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy.
In July 2008, he checked into the U.S. Joint Forces Command and was initially assigned as a Logistics Observer/Trainer in the J-7 of the Joint Warfighting Center, Suffolk, VA. Subsequently, Colonel Snyder served as a Deployable Training Team Chief and the Deputy Chief, Joint Training Division.
Transferring to Camp Pendleton, CA, in July 2011, Colonel Snyder began serving in his current assignment as the Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, the only subordinate command of Marine Corps Systems Command. He oversees a diverse team of over 400 military, federal civilian employees and contractors responsible for providing technical expertise, engineering, testing, certification and support of Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) systems throughout all acquisition lifecycle phases. He works closely with his Higher Headquarters, various Naval Warfare Centers, and other Joint/Service agencies engaged in the development, acquisition, and support of C4 capabilities for the warfighter.
Colonel Snyder’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award. He is married with five sons.