ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Sept. 19, 2014) -- The U.S. Army announced that Command Sgt. Maj. James P. Snyder will assume duties and responsibilities as the command sergeant major for the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command from outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Lebert O. Beharie.

RDECOM ensures the dominance of Army capabilities by empowering, unburdening and protecting the Joint Warfighter through integrated research, development and engineering solutions. The command has more than 14,000 civilian researchers, engineers and support personnel and a small contingent of Soldiers.

Snyder will serve as the senior enlisted advisor to the commanding general and provide unique insights into ongoing science and technology efforts.

Beharie has served as RDECOM command sergeant major since March 16, 2012.

The ceremony date and location are still to be determined. Snyder currently serves as the command sergeant major of the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.

Snyder has served in every position from crew chief to command sergeant major during his career field. His assignments include Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Katterbach, Germany, Camp Eagle, Korea and Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.

Snyder's deployments include Bosnia-Herzegovina, Operation Iraqi Freedom I and III, as well as, Operation Enduring Freedom VIII and X.

Synder, a native of Ridgeville, Indiana, joined the U.S. Army in August 1990 and became an AH-64 Attack Helicopter repairman.