Schnaufer is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. He graduated from the University of Georgia
in 1999 with a BS in Environmental Health and immediately received a direct
commission as an Ensign in the Medical Service Corps as an Industrial Hygiene
Officer. After completing Officer
Indoctrination School in Newport, Rhode Island he reported to Naval Hospital
Camp Pendleton for his training tour.
In 2001, he reported to USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) as Ship’s
Industrial Hygiene/Assistant Safety Officer where he qualified as Surface
Warfare Medical Department Officer. During
his time onboard USS CARL VINSON, LCDR Schnaufer completed an Operation Enduring
Freedom deployment, a Western Pacific deployment, and served as Surface Watch
Officer in addition to his regular duties. Later he served as Wing Industrial Hygiene and
Radiation Safety officer of Third Marine Aircraft Wing (3d MAW)
from July 2005 to July 2008 and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom as Forward Ground Safety Officer for 2006. During this tour he became a Fleet Marine
Force Qualified Officer.
Ashore, LCDR Schnaufer was selected for Duty Under
Instruction at the University of South Carolina where he earned his MS in
Public Health with a concentration in Industrial Hygiene. Following school, LCDR Schnaufer served with
COMNAVSURFPAC as Readiness Industrial Hygiene Officer from August 2008 to July
2011 where he because a Board Certified Industrial Hygienist. From 2011 to 2014 served as Head, Industrial
Hygiene Department of Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit Six
(NEPMU-6) where he was responsible for forward deployable chemical and
radiation assessments and industrial hygiene support across the PACFLT
AOR. In 2014, LCDR Schnaufer reported as
Deputy Director of the Naval Safety Center’s OPNAV Liaison Office (N09FB). Cutting his tour short to fill a SES level
requested critical need billet, he reported to his current duty at Headquarters
Marine Corps – Health Services in 2015.
LCDR Schnaufer has been awarded the Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards),
Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards), Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary
Medal, Sea Service Ribbon (3), and earned various unit awards and ribbons.
LCDR Schnaufer is married and currently resides in Springfield,
VA with his wife, Valerie, and two sons, Garrett (10) and Gabriel (6).