November 10, 2015: Jason Schneider, Commanding Officer, USS Washington: USS Washington

by Gary Fast on November 10, 2015

SchniederCommander Schneider, born and raised in Chicago, IL, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

After completing Nuclear Power and initial submarine training, Commander Schneider reported to the USS NARWHAL (SSN 671) in November 1996. While serving in various division officer assignments, he completed a Mediterranean deployment and submarine inactivation availability in Newport News, VA. Following his initial sea tour, Commander Schneider served as the Submarine Sonar Sensors Team Lead and Operational Test Director on the staff of Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force. He supervised the Acoustic Rapid COTS Insertion Sonar System, AN/BSY-2 Combat Control System, Advanced Seal Delivery System and SEAWOLF class test programs, as well as several other smaller programs. While assigned, he graduated from George Washington University with a Masters Degree in Engineering Management.
In June 2002, he completed the Submarine Officers Advanced Course before serving as Executive Officer of SUBMARINE NR-1 until September 2005. During this period, SUBMARINE NR-1 deployed multiple times to the Northern Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico and earned 3 Battle Efficiency awards.
From November 2005 to October 2006, Commander Schneider served as a legislative fellow on the staff of Senator Jack Reed, RI. After completing the fellowship, he attended the Naval Command and Staff College at the Naval War College and the Joint Forces Staff College.

In July 2008, Commander Schneider relieved as the Executive Officer of the USS HELENA (SSN 725). HELENA participated in ICEX 1-09 and multiple other fleet and tactical development exercises before beginning an Engineered Overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, ME.

In March 2010, Commander Schneider reported to Joint Fires Division of US Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) working on combat identification capability development. During USJFCOM disestablishment and transition planning, he served as the lead planner in crafting the disestablishment implementation plan. After completing the Submarine Command Training in September 2012, Commander Schneider reported to Submarine Squadron SEVEN as the Deputy Commander for Readiness.

Commander Schneider wears the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and various unit awards.

Commander Schneider is married to the former Bonnie Rue, of Dunellen, NJ, and has three children, Lauren, Caitlin, and Ethan.

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