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John R. Sneden, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Director, Propulsion Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. He is responsible for leading propulsion system life cycle requirements to include system development, acquisition, fielding, sustainment, and modernization to ensure warfighter readiness, affordability, safety, and effectiveness needs are met. The Propulsion Directorate consists of over 600 employees managing more than 22,000 engines installed on over 30 different weapon systems in support of the U.S. Air Force and 50 international partners.

Mr. Sneden, an Oklahoma native, entered government service with the Air Force in 2000 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. He served in a wide range of positions across the department, leading acquisition and sustainment efforts for eight weapon systems and more than 30 propulsion system variants. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Chief of the Enterprise Execution Division, where he led oversight activities for the U.S. Air Force's $222 billion acquisition portfolio. Mr. Sneden was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in July 2020.



Mission: Deliver Ready, Affordable, Safe, and Effective propulsion solutions and innovations for the USAF and our partner nations.

Vision:   Be the provider of choice for revolutionizing war-winning propulsion capabilities and delivering agile solutions while providing the warfighter’s edge.

Motto:   Generating the sound of freedom 24/7/365!

The AFLCMC Propulsion Directorate at Tinker AFB reports to the functional AFLCMC Headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

  • 677 personnel
  • 22,640 engines managed
  • $3.4B Propulsion Directorate Portfolio



Rapidly deliver dominant, war-winning technologies from t​he laboratories and de​​liver Ready, Safe, and Effective​ propulsion systems to the warfighte​​r​.


Deliver Propulsion System Readiness, Affordability, Safety and Effectiveness to the U.S. Warfighter and International Partners throughout the system life cycle.


Empowering customer focused expertise and innovation to align and integrate Ready, Affordable, Safe and Effective solutions through our people, processes and products​.


Propulsion Directorate
Commercial phone:405-736-5865