United States Navy Rear Admiral John Brad Skillman assumed the position of Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff for NATO's Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) on 15 August 2016.
Before his assignment to the JWC, Rear Admiral Skillman served as Executive Assistant and Naval Aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller).
Born in Muncie, Indiana, Rear Admiral Skillman is a 1986 graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography. He earned a Master of Science in Operational Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School. Rear Admiral Skillman is also a proven financial management specialist.
During his time in the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare officer, Rear Admiral Skillman has held a variety of sea duty assignments, to include USS Josephus Daniels (CG 27), USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3), USS Nashville (LPD 13), USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8 and PHIBRON-4. He was the Commissioning Commanding Officer of USS New Orleans (LPD 18). He also commanded USS Ponce (LPD 15) and USS San Antonio (LPD 17). Rear Admiral Skillman's major command was as Commander Amphibious Squadron 4.
Ashore, Rear Admiral Skillman served as the lead Ship Maintenance Action Officer for the Maintenance and Modernization Division (N43) and as the Sea Shield and Surface Warfare Program Analyst for the Director of Integration and Warfare Assessment (N70) on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Rear Admiral Skillman was the Military Assistant and Director of Operations for the Deputy Director of Naval Warfare in Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) and Portfolio Systems Acquisition.
As JWC's first Navy Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Skillman's decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various campaign, unit and service awards.
Rear Admiral Skillman said he was grateful for the opportunity to serve at NATO's Joint Warfare Centre. He added: "I feel very fortunate to be assigned to the Joint Warfare Centre. I deeply believe in the mission of training and preparing joint headquarters staffs and JWC's reputation for doing that is outstanding. Being part of such a professional team who produces tangible results should make for a rewarding tour."