Guy Snodgrass recently served as Director of Communications and Chief Speechwriter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis. A former Naval Aviator and F/A-18 pilot, his 20-year career spanned tours as a combat pilot over Iraq, TOPGUN Instructor, Speechwriter to Admiral Jonathan Greenert, and as the Commanding Officer of VFA-195 “Dambusters”, a F/A-18E squadron forward-deployed to Atsugi, Japan.
An interesting conversation has sprung up in the Air Force regarding the officer promotion system recently, led by the pseudonymous Col ‘Ned Stark’ over at War on the Rocks. His May 2018 article provided an insider’s view on how the Air Force’s promotion system functions, who it affects, and why it’s failing. His account is shocking — and instantly relatable.