Maj. Gen. Robert J. Skinner is the Director, Command, Control, Communications and Cyber, or C4, for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii. The general is responsible for C4 across the largest regional combatant command, enabling joint and coalition operations. He provides senior leadership and management of Indo-Pacific and global C4 resources to support the headquarters and the forces of four component commands, four sub-unified commands and all joint task forces.
Maj. Gen. Skinner was commissioned through Officer Training School, second honor graduate in his class, in 1989. He has served in various tactical and fixed communications assignments, plans, policy and resource staff work. The general has commanded at the squadron, group, wing and numbered Air Force levels, and served on the staffs at a numbered air force, major command headquarters, Air Force headquarters and the joint staff. Prior to assuming his current position, Maj. Gen. Skinner was the Deputy Commander, Air Force Space Command.
1989 Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, summa cum laude, Park College, Parkville, Mo.
1990 Basic Communications Officer Training, honor graduate, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.
1993 Master of Science, Computer Science, Honors, Oklahoma City University, Okla.
1995 Squadron Officer School, Distinguished Graduate, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1996 Software Engineering Certification, Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, Ohio
1998 Advanced Communications Officer Training, Gen. Paschal Award winner, Keesler AFB, Miss.
2000 Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Writing Award winner, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2003 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2006 Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Information Strategies Concentration, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1. August 1984–August 1989, Administrative Supervisor, Office of the Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D.C.
2. August 1989–November 1989, Officer Trainee, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
3. November 1989–April 1990, Student, Basic Communications Officer Training, Keesler AFB, Miss.
4. April 1990–May 1993, Airborne Warning and Control System Software Programmer/Analyst, 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker AFB, Okla.
5. May 1993–May 1994, Chief, AWACS Mission Software Section, 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker AFB, Okla.
6. May 1994–March 1997, Chief, Database Engineering Section, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
7. March 1997–June 1999, Commander, Info Systems Flight, 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom
8. June 1999–June 2000, Student, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
9. June 2000–July 2002, Commander, 27th Communications Squadron, Cannon AFB, N.M.
10. July 2002–June 2004, Strategic Plans and Policy Division Chief, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
11. June 2004–July 2005, 14th Air Force Director of Communications and Commander, 614th Space Communications Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
12. July 2005–June 2006, Student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
13. July 2006–July 2008, Commander, 50th Network Operations Group, Schriever AFB, Colo.
14. July 2008–August 2009, Deputy Director, Policy and Resources, Secretary of the Air Force Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
15. August 2009–July 2011, Commander, 688th Information Operations Wing, Lackland AFB, Texas
16. July 2011–July 2013, Inspector General, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
17. July 2013–September 2014, Deputy Commander, Air Forces Cyber, Fort George G. Meade, Md.
18. September 2014–March 2015, Chief of Staff, Defense Information Systems Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md.
19. March 2015–June 2017, Deputy Commander, Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Networks, Fort George G. Meade, Md.
20. July 2017–July 2018, Deputy Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
21. July 2018–October 2019, Commander, 24th AF; Commander, AFCYBER, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
22. October 2019-present, Director, Command, Control, Communications, and Cyber, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. May 1994–March 1997, Chief, Database Engineering Section, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., as a captain
2. July 2002–June 2004, Strategic Plans and Policy Division Chief, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., as a lieutenant colonel
3. March 2015–June 2017, Deputy Commander, Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Networks, Fort George G. Meade, Md., as a brigadier general and major general
4. October 2019-present, Director, Command, Control, Communications, and Cyber, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, as a major general
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Navy Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Nov. 7, 1989
First Lieutenant Nov. 7, 1991
Captain Nov. 7, 1993
Major July 1, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2002
Colonel March 1, 2006
Brigadier General July 26, 2013
Major General May 2, 2017
(Current as of November 2019)