Commander Schneider, a native of Brooklyn, New York was a 2002 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a minor in the Russian language. He is also a 2008 graduate of the Naval War College, earning a Master of Arts degree in National Strategic Studies.
CDR Schneider took command of USS GRIDLEY (DDG 101) in April, 2020. Prior to taking command, he was Executive Officer of USS SHILOH (CG 67), forward deployed in the C7F AOR from December 2017 to October 2019.
A Surface Warfare Officer, Commander Schneider began his at sea career aboard USS ROSS (DDG 71) in Norfolk, VA, from 2003 to 2006 serving as Combat Information Center Officer and later, fleeting up as the ship’s Navigator and Administration Officer. During this tour, he deployed to FOURTH, FIFTH and SIXTH Fleets, participating in BALTOPS 2003, UNITAS 47-06 and Neptune Warrior 2006. He served as Engineering Officer aboard USS HALSEY (DDG 97) in San Diego, CA from 2010 to 2011 where he deployed to FIFTH and SIXTH Fleets participating in Operations RED DAWN and ENDURING FREEDOM. He then served as Operations Officer in USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62) also in San Diego from 2011 to 2013.
Ashore, CDR Schneider served as both an instructor of Seamanship and Navigation and later as Executive Assistant to the Director of Professional Development at the United States Naval Academy from 2006 to 2009. Following his Department Head tours, he served as the Force Personnel Officer for Commander, Naval Surface Force Pacific from 2013 to 2015 and served as the Aegis BMD Requirements Officer at OPNAV N96F at the Pentagon from 20215-2017.
CDR Schneider holds various unit decorations and awards; his personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, five Navy Commendation Medals and two Navy Achievement Medals.