CAPT Schneider grew up in Rice Lake, Wisconsin and attended the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering degree and was subsequently commissioned as an Ensign in 1996.
CAPT Schneider began his naval career as a Surface Warfare Officer with his first tour as the Ordnance Officer aboard the USS CALLAGHAN (DDG 994) from January of 1997 until her decommissioning in March of 1998. His next tour was aboard the USS CHANDLER (DDG 996) as the Fire Control Officer, as well as the Combat Systems Officer for a brief period immediately prior to her decommissioning in October of 1999. Following this tour, CAPT Schneider reported to USS PAUL F. FOSTER (DD 964) as the Assistant Chief Engineer and Ship’s Maintenance Management Officer from December 1999 until January 2001. During this period he also served as the ship’s Docking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) Coordinator for her 4 month DSRA accomplished at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.
CAPT Schneider laterally transferred to the Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) community in January of 2001. He attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he earned a Mechanical Engineer’s degree and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree in 2003. After graduating, CAPT Schneider reported to the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair (SUPSHIP), Puget Sound where he first served as the Surface Combatant Project Officer until becoming the Aircraft Carrier Project Officer, a position he held from October 2004 until October 2006. CAPT Schneider then reported to SUPSHIP Bath, ME where he was the Technical Director and later became the DDG 1000 Program Manager’s Representative (PMR) until departing in August 2008 for PMS 500 (DDG 1000 Program). While attached to PMS 500, CAPT Schneider first served as Production Officer, before spending a year as an Individual Augmentee in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving as the Production Test and Trials and Post Delivery Officer upon his return until departing in July of 2011. Following this tour, CAPT Schneider served as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) PMR at SUPSHIP Bath Detachment Marinette in Marinette, WI until September of 2015, delivering LCS 3 and overseeing the shipyard’s transition to full-rate production. CAPT Schneider later served as the LCS Post Delivery Officer until August of 2016 and then Chief of Staff to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Ships) Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research, Development and Acquisition until reporting to his current position as the SUPSHIP Gulf Coast Executive Officer in August 2018.