The Acquisition Program Office of the new FORD Class Carrier is implementing a new approach to delivering “Ready, Relevant Learning” to the Sailors through the procurement, and delivery of a mobile, and reconfigurable training platform called “Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System(C- ARTS).
The C-ARTS, located at or near the pier, with its primary capability of being quickly re-configured to deliver training, blending classroom, AR/VR, hands-on and team training followed by actual onboard training is the solution. The ability to use custom designed re-configurable “maintenance” trailers that will support actual technical training equipment (TTE), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) applications will stimulate actual systems operations, maintenance and team functions as needed by the crews.
Born and raised in Coronado California into a US Navy family, Kelly’s father was a US Navy Air traffic Controller. At age 9, moved to Gresham, Oregon and remained there until he joined the US Navy in 1980.
Entered the US Navy as an enlisted Ocean Systems Technician and worked in Acoustic Intelligence within the IUSS/SOSUS community in the UK, Iceland, and Italy. He also lived in Croatia in support of the US Ambassador until being assigned as Sonar Technician to USS John Hancock (DD963) in Mayport, Florida in 1998.
Kelly was selected for the Command Master Chief program in 2002 and took the position on USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) in Norfolk and then in 2005, VADM David Nichols, Commander US Naval Forces Central Command, asked Master Chief Schneider to become the next 5 th Fleet/NAVCENT Senior Enlisted Leader. As the the advocate to over 30,000 Naval personnel in the Middle East from 2005-2007, Kelly traveled extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan in support of our deployed warfighters. When Admiral Patrick Walsh assumed command of 5 th Fleet/NAVCENT, Master Chief Schneider was asked to remain through for an additional year.
In 2007, Kelly was asked by the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy and Vice Chief of Naval Operations to assume the duties as the first Senior Enlisted Advisor for the new Expeditionary Combat Reediness Center (ECRC) in Little Creek Virginia where he served to support sailors being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan until he retired in 2009.
In 2010, Kelly became a DoD civilian working for PEO SHIPS as the MPT Lead for PMS 317 (LPD17 Class Program) and then was selected to take over the training program for the Nuclear Carrier program CVN78 FORD Class. Kelly holds a Master of Science degree in Human Systems Integration from the Naval Post Graduate School.
Kelly is married Mrs. Kalina Schneider from Katowice Poland. Kalina and Kelly currently call Accokeek MD with their two kids – a beagle and a terrier!