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ANG family deployed simultaneously: Sniders’ support 779th EAS

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Chief Master Sgt. Cyrus Snider, 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron flight engineer, and his son Airman 1st Class Cyrus Snider Jr, 779th EAS loadmaster, wait for Airmen from the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron to unload a C-130 Hercules at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait February 15, 2020. Snider is currently deployed from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard and is working within the same squadron with his father Chief Master Sgt. Cyrus Snider with the 779th EAS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

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Chief Master Sgt. Cyrus Snider, 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron chief flight engineer, conducts a final pre-flight operational inspection of a C-130 Hercules deployed from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait February 4, 2020. Snider is currently deployed to the 779th EAS which provides tactical airlift and airdrop operations within the area of operations to support Central Command, coalition and national objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

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Chief Master Sgt. Cyrus Snider, 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron flight engineer, validates his pre-flight inspection log of a C-130 Hercules deployed from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait February 4, 2020. Pre-flight inspections are conducted with aircraft and sealed, so that at a moment’s notice aircrews can arrive and take off to provide tactical airlift and airdrop operations within the area of operations to support Central Command, coalition and national objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

a picture of Airmen and Aircraft

Chief Master Sgt. Cyrus Snider, 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron chief flight engineer, conducts a final pre-flight operational inspection of a C-130 Hercules deployed from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait February 4, 2020. Snider is currently deployed to the 779th EAS which provides tactical airlift and airdrop operations within the area of operations to support Central Command, coalition and national objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

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Airman 1st Class Cyrus Snider Jr, 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster, directs a K-Loader to remove military supplies from a C-130 Hercules at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait February 15, 2020. Snider is currently deployed to the 779th EAS which provides tactical airlift and airdrop operations within the area of operations to support Central Command, coalition and national objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

a picture of Airmen and Aircraft

Chief Master Sgt. Cyrus Snider, 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron flight engineer, and his son Airman 1st Class Cyrus Snider Jr, 779th EAS loadmaster, wait for Airmen from the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron to unload a C-130 Hercules at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait February 15, 2020. Snider is currently deployed from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard and is working within the same squadron with his father Chief Master Sgt. Cyrus Snider with the 779th EAS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

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Airman 1st Class Cyrus Snider Jr, 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster, communicates to the onboard crew of a C-130 Hercules after landing at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait February 15, 2020. Snider is currently deployed to the 779th EAS which provides tactical airlift and airdrop operations within the area of operations to support Central Command, coalition and national objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

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Airman 1st Class Cyrus Snider Jr, 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster, drops wooden chalks after landing at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait February 15, 2020. Snider is currently deployed from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard and is working within the same squadron with his father Chief Master Sgt. Cyrus Snider with the 779th EAS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

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(right) Chief Master Sgt. Cyrus Snider, 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron flight engineer, interacts with Airmen while making is final pre-flight inspections of a C-130 Hercules deployed from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait February 4, 2020. Pre-flight inspections are conducted with aircraft and sealed, so that at a moment’s notice aircrews can arrive and take off to provide tactical airlift and airdrop operations within the area of operations to support Central Command, coalition and national objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

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Airman 1st Class Cyrus Snider Jr, 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster, is drenched with water after completing a combat air mission on his 20th birthday at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait February 15, 2020. Snider is currently deployed to the 779th EAS which provides tactical airlift and airdrop operations within the area of operations to support Central Command, coalition and national objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

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Airman 1st Class Cyrus Snider Jr, 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron loadmaster, is drenched with water after completing a combat air mission on his 20th birthday at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait February 15, 2020. Snider is currently deployed to the 779th EAS which provides tactical airlift and airdrop operations within the area of operations to support Central Command, coalition and national objectives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

ALI AL SALEM AIR BASE, Kuwait --

Chief Master Sgt. Cyrus Snider Sr. and Airman 1st Class Cyrus Snider Jr. are both enlisted Airmen assigned to the 779th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron from the 182nd Airlift Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, in Peoria, Ill.

Both come from a long line of military members, to include Snider Sr.’s spouses’ family. Snider Sr. is the 779th EAS chief flight engineer, who is close to retirement and junior is a loadmaster, just two years shy of his enlistment anniversary. Apart from being Airmen from the ANG, deployment experiences is something they now share together.

“I’ve been a ‘Guard’ baby my whole life, signed up and joined in 1984 right out of high school,” Snider Sr. said. “I started off with F-16 fighters as a weapons guy, then 10 years later, we converted to C-130’s and have been doing this since.”

He was one of the first Airmen to become ‘enlisted flyers’ in supporting their Aircraft where ever it went. As an enlisted C-130 flight engineer, Cyrus Sr. deployed and continuously traveled for the Air Force, but if you do something you love, it shows and can transfer to another person.

Junior followed in his father and grandfather’s footsteps by joining the Air Force. More importantly, he loved and admired the Airmen and their professionalism.

“Ever since I’ve been knee-high and up, seeing these guys in green jumpsuits and leather jackets come around all I can think of is these guys have to be doing something important,” Snider Jr. mentioned.

So he joined, like his father, right out of high school into the ANG with his preferred choice of careers. As a loadmaster, Snider Jr. is in a completely different seat when it comes to the Aircraft and their duties.

“My job is the enlisted guy in the cockpit (flight engineer), he’s the enlisted guy in back taking care of the cargo (loadmaster).” Sr. explained.
During their time here at Ali Al Salem Air Base, the young Airman has gained some insight into his father’s longevity within the squadron and his profession.

“It’s been amazingly helpful being in the same squadron with him, and his 36 years of experience,” said Snider Jr.

Deployed over a dozen times, and with about 1,000 hours of combat flying time, the chief has passed along nuggets of knowledge to his son. One that he has observed in his son is juniors strive to not be complacent in his career.

The father mentioned that he seeks ways to improve and learn more about his Aircraft and job daily. A factor that will surely keep the young Airman at the top of his game in making sure he stays safe and the aircraft flying.

As they cannot fly together due to the Sullivan Act, they still work together on the ground, continually learning together. During the deployment, they spend time together as much as they can. Though, due to the constant mission, their time together is far and few between.

As they move along in their career paths, the chief is far beyond proud of the Airman his son has become.

“To be here with him right now, what can make a dad prouder,” the chief said. “This is the capstone of my career. When my boots hit the ground on Peoria soil, I’m putting in my paperwork and letting him make his own path.”

Snider Jr. is more than grateful for the opportunities he’s had, not just with his father. Still, the chances the Air Force has given him keeping him driven to continue the Snider legacy.

“I don’t see any reason to change, a year or two ago I was stocking groceries, and now I’m in Kuwait,” Snider Jr. said. “It’s definitely been a positive change in my life, and I don’t see a reason to change.”

As C-130 Hurcules professionals, these two Airmen have put in some hard work alongside their crew members at home and deployed to make sure Airmen and our allies keep receiving the ‘beans and bullets.’

The Sniders ended with a quote they contributed to a wise man that once said, ‘no one prays for peace more than a warrior.’ 

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