Title: U.S. Air Force Colonel (Retired), Humanities Educator (Retired)
Company: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Location: Prescott, Arizona, United States
Thomas E. Snodgrass, Air Force Colonel and Humanities Educator at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in humanities.
Mr. Snodgrass became involved in his profession because of his uncle, Charles W. Snodgrass, who served in World War II. His uncle was an inspiration to him and he joined the service to follow his example. Before entering the service, Mr. Snodgrass earned a Bachelor of Arts from Grove City College, Pennsylvania, in 1963. In 1964, he became an Air Force flight commander at the 6937th Communications Group in Peshawar, Pakistan, for a year and then held the same position at the 6910th Security Wing in Darmstadt, Germany, until 1968. Both the Pakistan and Germany assignments involved intercepting communist military communications. The following two years, Mr. Snodgrass was an Air Force special security officer for Foreign Technology Division, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and the Space & Missile Systems Organization at the LA Air Force Station. In 1972-1973, he went to Vietnam as the officer-in-charge of the Airborne Radio Direction Finding Center for the U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, shifting intelligence coverage over the Southeast Asia battlefield according to enemy actions. Between the time he was a special security officer and went to Vietnam, the Air Force sent him on a scholarship to the University of Texas, where he earned a Master of Arts in history of revolution and warfare insurgency.
The highlights of Mr. Snodgrass’s career were his service in the Vietnam War and serving as a treaty plans officer in the Panama Canal negotiations from 1976 to 1980. He worked every day with the Panamanian military for the new treaty in 1979. Before taking on that position, Mr. Snodgrass was a special operations instructor for the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School from 1973 to 1976. After working on the Panama Canal negotiations, Mr. Snodgrass was awarded an educational sabbatical at the University of Miami, Florida, as an Air Force research associate at the Center of International Studies for a year teaching Soviet foreign policy in their graduate school. He then moved on to become the chief of Command Plans for the Republic of Korea-US Combined Forces Command from 1981 to 1983, followed by serving a year as the executive officer for the U.S. general that was the commander of both the Korean and U.S. Air Forces in Korea. For the next three years, he held the position of deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Air Force Academy, in addition to being an adjunct professor teaching U.S. national security policy, and then in 1988, at the climax of his intelligence career, he was assigned behind the Iron Curtain where he became the Air Attache for the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, until 1990. From there, he resumed a career of education as an air war instructor of history and strategy at the Air War College for three years, after which he retired from the Air Force as a colonel. After entering civilian life he became an adjunct professor of history at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University from 2001 until he retired for good in 2011.
Gaining and sharing knowledge has been Mr. Snodgrass’ passion during both his military and civilian lives, and he is grateful to have been able to pursue his passion throughout his life. As a testament to his illustrious career, Mr. Snodgrass has received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Grove City College in 1989, an Air Force Commendation Medal, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, an Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, a Bronze Star Medal, a Legion of Merit Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal from the Department of Defense, a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and a Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm device. Furthermore, he has been listed in the 63rd edition of Who’s Who in America.
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