James A. Schnelle

Deputy Dean Center for Naval Warfare Studies
Col., U.S. Marine Corps
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Colonel James (Jay) A Schnelle is the Center for Naval Warfare Studies Deputy Dean and a Marine aviator. He has extensive aviation and fires and effects operational experience as well as resource/requirement staff experience. He has six Marine Expeditionary Unit deployments as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Marine Rotational Force Darwin deployments. Additional fleet experience includes as the III MEF Fires and Effects Coordinator, G-3 Aviation and various other G-3 roles. He has a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and is an honors graduate of the Marine Corps University Command and Staff College and the U.S. Naval War College.

Areas of Expertise

  • Air Warfare
  • Amphibious Warfare
  • Command and Control
  • Information Operations
  • Japan
  • Koreas
  • Leadership
  • Littoral Warfare
  • Military Planning
  • Philippines

Professional Highlights


Marine Attack Squadron 542 Commanding Officer


OPNAV N8804 AV-8B Resource and Requirements Officer


31st MEU, HMM-265, VMA-211 AV-8B Detachment OIC


M.M.S., U.S. Naval War College

M.M.A., Marine Corps University

B.S., U.S. Naval Academy, Electrical Engineering

Awards and Decorations

Meritorious Service Medal
Five Medals

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Three Medals

Air Medal / Strike-Flight
Three Medals

Expeditionary Medal - Marine Corps

Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals

Iraqi and Afghanistan Campaign Medals

Korean Defense Service Medal

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Sea Service Deployment
Seven Deployments

NATO Medal - International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan

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