Rear Adm. Richard Snyder, director of strategy, policy and plans at the U.S. Northern Command, has been nominated as Department of the Navy inspector general and for promotion to the rank of vice admiral.
The more than three-decade Navy veteran currently leads Northrcom’s J5 directorate at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, the Defense Department said Wednesday.
Snyder joined the service branch in late 1984 as a naval aviator and later served at North Island, California-based Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 43.
His assignments at sea included time as navigator of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and executive officer of the USS Bataan (LHD 5).
He also worked for the U.S. defense secretary as aviation liaison for public affairs and as a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council of the U.S. and in the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group.
Before he took his current assignment, Snyder was director of the Navy’s 21st Century Sailor Office where he led resilience development efforts for U.S. sailors and their families.