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Aerosecure's diverse avionics team
includes a large number of Army,
Air Force and Navy veterans.
Photo by Kevin Knight

THE CRASH THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING
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In 1998, he left the Army but continued his military
service by joining the Arizona Army National Guard's
285th Aviation Regiment near Tucson. To supplement his
income, he also connected avionics systems at Boeing's
helicopter plant in Mesa for six months before doing
similar work at MD Light Helicopters.
While supporting and servicing the National Guard's
Apache and Black Hawk helicopters, he learned that one
enlisted soldier would have the opportunity to attend Warrant
Officer Candidate School and then rotary-wing flight school.
The competition was fierce, but so was Snider's
determination to earn that coveted spot. He spent several
months undergoing interviews with executive staff leaders.
With their endorsement he spent 18 months doing WOCS
and rotary-wing flight training at the U.S. Army Aviation
Center of Excellence at Alabama's Fort Rucker.
Google "Warrant Officer Flight Training video" and
you'll see several YouTube videos that explain the
selection process and rigorous program.
After earning his AH-64 Apache rating and returning to
Phoenix, Snider flew six years for a special unit supporting
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desert operations. He avoids specifics on when and where
missions went, but clearly some weren't training exercises.
The Apache is called an "attack" helicopter for a reason.
The National Guard was only part of his overflowing
schedule. He was also studying business full time at
Arizona State University in Tempe and working at a
boarding school.
"Twice each week I'd work 48 hours straight," he
recalls with a laugh. "From midnight to 8 a.m., I was a
monitor at a boys boarding school when the kids were
mostly sleeping. That gave me time to study. I'd then
attend college classes at ASU from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Next, I'd drive two hours to the base near Tucson where
we'd plan night missions, fly and debrief. Then, back to
Phoenix for another midnight shift. When you're in your
20s, you can do a lot."
It says something that he graduated ASU in 2002 with a
3.4 grade point average before finishing his military career
in 2004 at age 29.
Because of his athletic background and secondary job
as a physical training officer in the military, he built a
successful personal training business in Phoenix. For
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