Lieutenant Colonel Mark Snakenberg

LTC Mark “Snake” Snakenberg commands 3rd Battalion, 353rd Regiment, Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana. He previously served as a Joint Doctrine Developer assigned to the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is a native of Kahalu’u, Hawaii and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant of Armor through the Reserve Officer Training Corps as a Distinguished Military Graduate of Indiana University in May 2001. He has two operational deployments to Kosovo and Eastern Europe, and four combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. His previous command and troop leadership assignments include (* denotes combat):

  • Tank Platoon Leader and Company-Team Executive Officer (B/2-69 AR, 3/3 ID)*
  • Tank Company-Team Commander (C/2-69 AR, 3/3 ID)*
  • Combat Service Support and Cavalry Team Chief (196th Infantry Brigade)
  • Squadron/Task Force Operations Officer and Executive Officer (3rd Squadron, 2nd U.S. Cavalry)

Under his command, Cobra Company earned the prestigious Draper Armor Leadership Award for small-unit excellence while engaged in combat during the 2008 Iraq Surge as part of the 3rd Infantry Division.

LTC Snakenberg’s staff experience encompasses numerous Army, joint, and multinational duties at the Battalion*, Brigade*, Corps/JFLCC*, Theater Army/ASCC, and CJTF* levels. His awards and decorations include:

  • The Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device
  • The Bronze Star Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
  • The Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
  • The Kosovo (1 Star), Afghanistan (2 Stars), and Iraq (5 Stars) Campaign Medals
  • The Combat Action Badge
  • The Basic Parachutist and Air Assault Badges
  • The Presidential Unit Citation; Valorous Unit Award; and Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • The United States Army Armor and Cavalry Association’s Order of Saint George (Bronze Medallion) and the National Infantry Association’s Order of Saint Maurice (Legionnaire)

LTC Snakenberg is a graduate of:

  • The School of Advanced Military Studies
  • The Command and General Staff College’s Local Dynamics of War Scholars Program
  • The Cavalry Leader’s Course
  • The Infantry Captain’s Career Course
  • The Armor Officer Basic Course

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Indiana University; a Master of Military Art and Science in Operational Art and Science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College; and a Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Military Studies (with a Certificate in National Security and Strategic Studies) from Hawaii Pacific University. He is also an Army-certified instructor and historian.