Cutchins Leadership Lecture Series: CAPT James Synder
The Corps of Cadets' CAPT James Snyder, U.S. Navy (retired), will give his Last Lecture. The event is part of the Corps' Cutchins Leadership Lecture Series.
CAPT Snyder has been deputy commandant for the corps' 2nd Battalion since 2004. He will retire this summer.
His Last Lecture, reflecting on leadership and his experiences in the Navy and the Corps, is open to the public. Seating is available behind the cadets, who have assigned seating in the front half of the auditorium.
During a 30-year career in the Navy, CAPT Snyder served principally on frigates and operational staffs.
He commanded the Knox Class frigate USS Ainsworth.
He completed six deployments including Cold War operations against the Soviet Fleet in the Atlantic Ocean and North and Mediterranean seas; maritime interdiction operations off Central America, Lebanon, and Haiti; and counter-drug operations in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific areas. He served on the task group commander's staff for the 1986 U.S. strike on Libya.
Ashore, CAPT Snyder served tours in Washington, D.C., on the Joint Staff, the Navy Staff, and as the Navy representative to the Congressional Commission on Military Training and Gender-Related Issues.
He then was commanding officer of the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center in San Diego, California.
For his final assignment with the Navy, he was the professor of naval science and commanding officer of Virginia Tech's Naval ROTC.