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Eric S.Schneider

Eric S. SchneiderCaptain Eric Schneider retired in December of 2014 after more than 28 years of active and reserve service in the United States Navy. A native of Chicago, CAPT Schneider is a 1986 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a commission in the Navy through UNC's NROTC program.

After completing two years of Active Duty service, CAPT Schneider transitioned to the Navy Reserve in 1988, and earned his Intelligence Officer designation. A plank owner of the Atlantic Intelligence Command, CAPT Schneider honed his analytical skills researching and building Basic Targeting Graphics. In his tenure as target builder, CAPT Schneider became a trainer and Quality Control Team Leader. In 1992 he was selected as the Junior Officer Analyst of the Year for Reserve Intelligence Area 14.

Transitioning to Operational Intelligence, CAPT Schneider transferred to CINCLANTFLT, where he participated in numerous Joint Task Force exercises, as both a scripter and a watch stander, serving ashore and at sea. In 2000, CAPT Schneider was handpicked to become the Officer in Charge for the newly formed intelligence detachment in support of Naval Coastal Warfare Group 2. Following the tragic bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen, CAPT Schneider was tasked with preparing the men and women of his detachment to deploy to Southwest Asia in support of Fifth Fleet's Combined Task Group (CTG) 53.8, providing force protection for US Navy assets during refueling operations and port visits in the Persian Gulf. Then, in early 2001, CAPT Schneider was recalled to active duty and deployed to the Persian Gulf as the N2 for CTG 53.8. Returning from deployment in July of 2001, CAPT Schneider was mobilized again in the wake of the September 11 attacks, assigned as an Indications and Warnings watch officer on Atlantic Fleet's Crisis Action Team.

Upon completion of his second mobilization, CAPT Schneider re-affiliated with the Navy Reserve, serving in the following roles: as a department head for NCIS, as a Deputy Cell Leader for Second Fleet's Reserve Joint Forces Maritime Component Command, as the Director of Information and Intelligence for the NATO ACT Headquarters unit, and as an instructor for the MG5 mid-career course at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center. Additionally, CAPT Schneider completed Executive Officer tours for the Supreme Allied Command-Transformation Intelligence unit, as well as for the Defense Intelligence Agency's Joint Reserve Intelligence Connectivity Program.

In late 2012, CAPT Schneider was once again mobilized, this time to US Southern Command, and deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. During his last mobilization, CAPT Schneider served as The Director of Intelligence for 13 months, leading a 280 member directorate in support of Detainee Operations and national Intelligence requirements.

Returning from his last deployment in early 2014, CAPT Schneider re-affiliated with Navy Reserve, and closed out his career by completing a tour as the Strategic Plans Officer for NR US Fleet Forces Maritime Intelligence Operations Center.

CAPT Schneider's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy Achievement Medal, and various other unit and campaign awards.

As a civilian, CAPT Schneider is the Chief Operating Officer and Assistant Director for the Institute of Global Health and Infectious Diseases, in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is married to the former Kimberley Ann Oliver of Raleigh, NC. They have two children, Caroline, and Shaun.

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