Buckley holds annual Snyder Ride, remembering Airman

Snyder, a member of the 460th SCS, was hit and killed by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle off base in 2014

Team Buckley members gathered outside of the 460th Space Communications Squadron at the Senior Airman Michael S. Snyder memorial in order to honor his memory June 16 on Buckley Air Force Base.

Snyder, a member of the 460th SCS, was hit and killed by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle off base in 2014.

“I am proud of every one of you and I know that you share my sentiment that it’s so important that we remember him and celebrate his life,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Kennedy, 460th SCS commander. “That’s what the Snyder Ride is really about, doing something that he loved to do. I think this is the best salute we can give to him on an annual basis as a member of this squadron.”

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Tech. Sgt. Michael Castillo, 460th Space Communication Squadron quality assurance, rolls by on his motorcycle at the beginning of the Snyder Ride June 16 on Buckley Air Force Base. The Snyder Ride is a memorial ride in honor of Senior Airman Michael S. Snyder, who was tragically killed in 2014, by a drunk driver. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke W. Nowakowski

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People who attended the Senior Airman Michael S. Snyder memorial ceremony stand together behind his memorial garden June 16 on Buckley Air Force Base. Every year, Team Buckley members gather in remembrance of Snyder who was tragically killed by a drunk driver in 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke W. Nowakowski

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Lt. Col. Christopher Kennedy, 460th Space Communication Squadron, speaks at the Senior Airman Michael S. Snyder memorial June 16 on Buckley Air Force Base. Each year, Team Buckley members get together for the Snyder Ride, which is a remembrance ride to honor Snyder, who was killed on his motorcycle in 2014 by a drunk driver. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke W. Nowakowski

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A memorial garden for Senior Airman Michael S. Snyder lays in front of the 460th Space Communications Squadron Building June 16 on Buckley Air Force Base. Snyder was tragically killed in 2014 by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle off base. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke W. Nowakowski

Participants in the Snyder Ride rode up to Echo Lake, one of Snyder’s favorite places to go while stationed at Buckley AFB, and reflected on who Snyder was as person and member of the community.

“It is so important that our Airmen learn that you can be doing everything right and be a hell of a person, a great friend to many, and your life can still be taken away by someone who is inconsiderate,” Kennedy said. “I love the youthful exuberance of our members who are 18, 19 and 20, but life isn’t fair, and you have to look out for each other because it can be taken away in an instant.”

Although the remembrance ceremony had a somber tone, the memorial honored and celebrated who he was and the accomplishments he had achieved in his short life.

“A stellar Airman, a leader and a great wingman,” said 1st Lt. Marvin Peters, 460th SCS flight commander. “It was those attributes that make him significant and not the circumstances of his death. If I have learned anything from Snyder, it’s this: laugh every day, enjoy your life, give your all, and be a wingman no matter what. Snyder was only with us for a short time, but his impact is lasting.”

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