A native of Benson, Arizona, Commander Ben Snell was commissioned in June 1995 after graduation from Navy Officer Candidate School and was designated a Naval Intelligence officer in 1996. Ben is a graduate of National University with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice, and of the Naval Postgraduate School with a M.A. in National Security Affairs. He enlisted in the navy from 1982-1995 as an Anti-Submarine Warfare Operator, and Search and Rescue Swimmer (AW/NAC) serving in HS and HSL squadrons making numerous deployments.
Since 1996, Ben has spent the majority of his operational career deploying to, and operating in, the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. He has served four tours in the U.S Naval Central Command / U.S. 5th Fleet / Combined Maritime Forces region; he previously served as the Executive Assistant to COMUSNAVCENT, Deputy Intelligence Officer to Carrier Strike Group Ten aboard USS Harry S, Truman (CVN 75), Maritime Intelligence Officer to COMUSNAVCENT, and Air Intelligence Officer aboard Patrol Squadron Four (VP-4). Other operational tours include the EUCOM area of responsibility; served at the Joint Analysis Center (JAC) Molesworth as the Balkans Air/Air Defense Chief in support of operations in the FRY, Macedonia, and Kosovo; Senior Watch Officer and Executive to the JAC Commander, Deputy Commander, and Director of Operations.
Other leadership assignments include service as the deputy Executive Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, Washington D.C.; Joint Forces Staff College as an Intelligence / Information Operations Instructor; and COMPACFLT N2 as a Department head for Fleet intelligence support.
Military awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars, and other personal awards. CDR Snell is the recipient of the Naval Intelligence Foundation Admiral Bobby R. Inman Award for intelligence excellence, the Office of Naval Intelligence’s Edwin Layton Award for Leadership, and the Association of the United States Army Award for academic achievement.
CDR Snell is married and has two children.