Rear Admiral John B. "Brad" Skillman
Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff Joint Warfare Centre
Rear Admiral Brad Skillman, a native of Muncie, Indiana, was raised in St. Paris, Ohio. He is a 1986 graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Operational Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1993. He is also a proven financial management specialist.
A surface warfare officer, Rear Admiral Skillman’s sea duty assignments 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.
Rear Admiral Skillman was the commissioning commanding officer of USS New Orleans (LPD 18) from 2004 to 2008. He also commanded USS Ponce (LPD 15) and USS San Antonio (LPD 17), both in 2011. His major command was as Commander, Amphibious Squadron 4 from May 2012 to August 2013.
Ashore, Rear Admiral Skillman served in 1998 to 1999 as the lead ship maintenance action officer for the Maintenance and Modernization Division (N43) and from 2002 to 2004 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. He was the Military Assistant and Director of Operations for the Deputy Director, Naval Warfare in Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) Portfolio Systems Acquisition from 2008 to 2010.
Rear Admiral Skillman served most recently as the Executive Assistant and Naval Aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management & Comptroller) from August 2013 to July 2016.
Rear Admiral Skillman reported to his current assignment as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, NATO Joint Warfare Centre in August 2016.
His 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 is married to Jacey and they have two boys and one girl.