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U.S. Forces Japan Senior Enlisted Leader


CMSgt Wendell J. Snider is the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for United States Forces Japan.  As the senior enlisted leader, he is responsible to the commander for matters relating to readiness, welfare, and effective utilization of over 33,000 enlisted members assigned to the joint services of United States Forces Japan.  Through engagement with the enlisted force he is the communications link between the commander and the enlisted community.  He ensures the commander’s policies are known and understood and advises the commander of important enlisted force issues and concerns. He also provides critical interface with the senior enlisted leadership of the Japan Self-Defense Force, serving to foster better understanding and improved readiness of our allied partners.

Chief Snider grew up in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. In 1995, he joined the United States Marine Corps.  Attached to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, he supported Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR and Operation ALLIED FORCE.  After serving honorably within the Marine Corps, Chief Snider departed the organization in 1999 and entered the Air Force in 2000.  Upon entering, he completed the Structural Apprentice Course at the Naval Construction Training Center located in Gulfport, Mississippi.  His first Air Force assignment was to Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina.

Chief Snider has been stationed and deployed to numerous bases across the globe.  He has experience in maintaining installations, infrastructure, and facilities in both the United States and overseas.  Specifically, he has oversaw military family housing maintenance, unaccompanied housing operations, base construction project prioritization, and technical training school operations.

Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the 502d Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.

2001 Structural Apprentice Course, Naval Construction Training Center, MS
2002 Airman Leadership School, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
2003 Associates of Applied Science in Construction Technology, CCAF, AL
2005 Basic Instructor Course, Best Presenter Award, Keesler AFB, MS
2006 Instructional Systems Development Course, Keesler AFB, MS
2006 Associates of Applied Science in Instructor of Technology and Military Science, CCAF, AL
2009 Master Instructor Certificate & CCAF Occupational Instructor Certification
2009 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Keesler AFB, MS
2009 Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy Distance Learning, Air University, AL
2010 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education I Course, Joint Forces Staff College, VA
2011 Bachelor of Science in Religion, Magna Cum Laude, Liberty University, VA
2011 CCAF Professional Manager Certification
2012 AFIT Civil Engineer Superintendents Course, Wright Patterson AFB, OH
2012 Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL
2015 Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling, Liberty University, VA
2017 Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL
2017 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II Course
2017 Command Chief Master Sergeant Training Course, Andrews AFB, MD
2018 Continuous Process Improvement Executives Course, Institute for Defense Business, VA
2018 Leading Strategically Program, Center for Creative Leadership, CO
2019 Senior Enlisted Legal Orientation Course, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, AL
2019 Generations & Conflict Management Seminar, Boise State University, ID
2019 Enterprise Perspective Seminar, Capitol Hill Club, Washington, D.C.
2021 Project Management Certificate, Cornell University, NY
2021 Keystone Course, National Defense University, VA

1. April 2001 – September 2001, Structural Apprentice, 43 CES, Pope AFB, N.C.
2. September 2001 – October 2004, Structural Journeyman, 4 CES, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
    -2002 Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, 376 ECES, Manas AB, Kyrgyzstan
    -2003 Operations ENDURING/IRAQI FREEDOM, 379 ECES, Al Udeid AB, Qatar
3. October 2004 – Feb 2011 Instructor Supervisor, 366TRS Detachment 6, NCTC Gulfport, Miss.
    -2008 Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Gardez Provincial Reconstruction Team, Afghanistan
4. March 2011 – August 2011, Structures Section Chief, Squadron 18 CES, Kadena AB, Japan
5. August 2011 – August 2012, Squadron Superintendent, 718 CES, Kadena AB, Japan
6. November 2012 – July 2013, Heavy Repair Superintendent, 18 CES, Kadena AB, Japan
    -2013 Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, NCOIC RSC-West Engineer Cell, Herat, Afghanistan
7. November 2013 – June 2014, Section Chief Requirements/Optimization, 18 CES, Kadena AB, Japan
8. June 2014 – February 2015, Operations Flight Superintendent, 18 CES, Kadena AB, Japan
9. March 2015 – July 2016, Operations Flight Chief, 90 CES, F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
10. July 2016 – December 2016, Interim Superintendent, 90 MSG, F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
11. December 2016 – June 2018,Commandant, Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Sheppard AFB, Texas
12. June 2018 – June 2020, Command Chief, 366th Fighter Wing, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
13. June 2020 – August 2021, Command Chief, 502d Air Base Wing, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas
14. August 2021 – Present, Command Senior Enlisted Leader, United States Forces Japan

Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one bronze star
Air Force Combat Action Medal

2000 Distinguished Graduate, Structural Apprentice Course, Naval Construction Training Center
2002 Distinguished Graduate, Airman Leadership School, Seymour Johnson AFB
2009 Major General Eugene A. Lupia Award (Civil Engineer Superior Job Performance), AETC
2011 SNCO of the Year, 718th Civil Engineer Squadron, Kadena AB
2012 Lance P. Sijan USAF Leadership Award, 18th Wing, Kadena AB
2014 SNCO of the Year, 18th Civil Engineer Group, Kadena AB
2015 Larry R. Daniels Award (Civil Engineer Military Superintendent of the Year), AFGSC
2020 Nominated/Served on CINC Installation Excellence Award Selection Board

Chief Master Sergeant 1 August 2016

(Current as of August 2021)