Master Gunnery Sergeant Charles Snyder enlisted in 1991 as an Infantryman. Upon completion of initial training, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines in Camp Lejeune, NC. In 1992, MGySgt Snyder was screened and accepted to 2nd Marines Regimental Scout Platoon, where he conducted multiple training deployments and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.
In 1995, after a three month Reconnaissance Indoctrination Program (RIP), he was assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Company in Camp Lejeune, NC where he held billets from radio operator to team leader. From 1998-2006, MGySgt graduated from a multitude of specialized schools and conducted multiple MEU deployments, which included Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2006, MGySgt Snyder was transferred to 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division in Smyrna, GA, where he served as part of the Inspector and Instructor staff for Bravo Company. He subsequently deployed with the battalion as a Platoon Sergeant in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2009, MGySgt Snyder was transferred back to Camp Lejeune, NC and assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion. As a Reconnaissance Platoon Sergeant and Company Operations Chief, he conducted multiple MEU deployments to include Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
In September 2015, MGySgt Snyder assumed the duties of Senior Enlisted Advisor of Expeditionary Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan.
In June of 2019, MGySgt Snyder returned to Camp Lejeune, NC as the Senior Enlisted Advisor of Expeditionary Operations Training Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force.
Master Gunnery Sergeant Snyder’s personal awards include the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V and 3 gold starts in lieu of fourth award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon in lieu of second award.