Chamber Military Affairs Committee welcomes New 502d ABW Command Chief

The Chamber’s Senior Enlisted Advisory Committee was honored to host Joint Base San Antonio’s 502d Air Base Wing’s new Command Chief Master Sergeant, Command Master Sergeant Wendell Snider, who assumed responsibility earlier this summer. Chief Snider shared his philosophy of leadership, which is one of service, dignity, and respect and assured the meeting’s attendees that the 502d’s goal will continue to be to provide unrivaled mission support to all of the partners throughout Joint Base San Antonio. Chief Snider said one of his priorities is to continue to build a resilient and professional combat ready workforce. “In this COVID environment, I will be leveraging technology to continue and deliberately develop the force through my Wednesday Wisdom Sessions, the first and last Wednesday of the month. As the Command Chief I want to continue to reach people.” Other areas he will focus on are related to building up and taking care of people, “Having tough conversations addressing our current climate as a nation, making sure people have an environment where we can maximize their potential, and focusing on the full life cycle of a member is a focus.” Chief Snider continued, “The stand-up of the JBSA Joint Transition Readiness Center will help transition members out of the military.” He looks forward to ensuring that remains successful and a high priority.

Among other guests from across the services, we heard from Army North’s Command Sergeant Major, Command Sergeant Major Phil Barretto, who provided an update on Army North’s efforts and mission, as well as Command Chief (CMSgt) Dan Hoglund with the Air Force Personnel Center, who shared important information related to a new deferment program for assignments of Airmen involved in Court Ordered Child Custody Agreements. We also heard from CMSgt Antonio Goldstrom, the Air Force Recruiting Command Chief. After the Military Service updates, Chamber members provided information on events and initiatives coming soon, such as Military Spouse Hiring efforts and assistance supporting local organizations with personal protection equipment to combat COVID-19.

The Senior Enlisted Advisory Committee’s mission is to provide a forum to facilitate communication among our Senior Enlisted Advisors from throughout all branches of the military in our region and to provide a mechanism for dialogue from the military to the community and from the business community to the military, offering resources and opportunities to engage and connect – specifically around quality of life, mentoring, transitioning, and education.

Click here to watch a recording of the meeting. For more information on how to join the Chamber’s Military Affairs Council and Committees, email Lori Stinson, Vice President of Military Affairs and Leadership Development, at

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