Senior Chief Snyder was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She enlisted in the Navy in August of 1996 through the Delayed Entry Program and in February 1997 reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.
Upon completion of basic training in April of 1997 she reported to Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center, San Diego for STG “A” school where she was advanced to Petty Officer Third Class.
She reported to her first duty station, the USS OBANNON (DD 987) in Mayport, Florida serving in the Combat Acoustics division as a Workcenter Supervisor. While onboard, she earned her Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist designation and was advanced to Petty Officer Second Class.
In May of 2001, she reported for duty as a Recruit Division Commander for six years where she successfully trained 11 recruit divisions, worked as a Fleet Training Team Inspector, and earned her Master Training Specialist qualification. She earned the Recruit Division Commander Gold Wreath for Excellence and was advanced to Petty Officer First Class.
In June 2007 she reported for her first tour at Naval Ocean Processing Facility, Dam Neck (NOPF DN) serving in the positions of Tactical Watch Officer and the Command Career Counselor. Shortly after reporting, she was advanced to Chief Petty Officer and earned her IUSS Breast Insignia.
In June 2011 she reported to the USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79), serving as the Combat Acoustics division LCPO, Weapons Department LCPO, and filled the critical gapped billet of Command Career Counselor. Approaching the end of her tour on OSCAR AUSTIN, she was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer.
She is currently assigned to her second tour at NOPF DN, first serving as the Operations Department LCPO and now as the Senior Enlisted Leader.
Senior Chief Snyder’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), Good Conduct Medal (4 awards), the Recruit Training Service Ribbon, along with various other personal and unit awards.