Spencerville grad learning valuable skills in U.S. Navy

SAN DIEGO — Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Schneider, a 1998 graduate of Spencerville High School, is currently serving in the U.S. Navy aboard one of the USS Charleston, operating out of San Diego, California.

Schneider joined the Navy 12 years ago.

“I was looking for stability in my life,” he said “I was also interested in gaining skills that I could use later in life. I learned the importance of a strong work ethic.”

The USS Charleston is a mission-tailored surface combatant that operates in near-shore and open-ocean environments, according to Navy officials. Littoral combat ships integrate with joint, combined, manned and unmanned teams to support forward-presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence missions around the globe. According to Navy officials, the path to becoming an LCS sailor is unique and challenging.

“Given the optimized manning aboard our ships, each and every LCS sailor must be versatile, adaptable and extremely competent in the multiple jobs they perform,” said Capt. Marc Crawford, Littoral Combat Ship Squadron ONE commodore. “Our sailors constantly amaze me with their relentless drive and technical expertise; It is a privilege to serve beside them.”

Schneider said he has had many accomplishments during military service.

“I’m proud of making the rank of E-6. Serving in the Navy means a lot to me. It provides for my family. I’ve been humbled traveling around the world. We should never take for granted what we have here in America. It’s a great opportunity to serve my country,” he said

Schneider is grateful to others for helping make a Navy career possible.

“I’d like to send a shout out to the entire town of Spencerville. My parents, Robert and Patricia, still live there and I want them to know that I love them, miss them and can’t wait to see them again.”

Alvin Plexico, Navy Office of Community Outreach, wrote and submitted the story above.