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A native of Evansville, Indiana, Commander Skiles was commissioned in 2006 through the NROTC program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Communication from Southern Polytechnic State University and a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. He completed the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Training Program, graduating with honors, in 2010.
As a division officer, Commander Skiles served in USS Hué City (CG 66) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). As a department head, he served as Operations Officer in the forward-deployed USS Carney (DDG 64) and as Reactor Training Assistant in the forward-deployed USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Most recently, Commander Skiles served as Executive Officer in USS Wichita (LCS 13) homeported in Mayport, Florida.
Commander Skiles has deployed to the U.S. Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Fleets in support of counter-illicit trafficking operations, ballistic missile defense of Europe and Israel, and in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Odyssey Lightning.
Ashore, Commander Skiles served as Shift Engineer in the ex-USS Sam Rayburn (Moored Training Ship 635) at Nuclear Power Training Unit Charleston, and he was later assigned as Director of Officer Department at Nuclear Power School where he oversaw the initial academic instruction for all officers selected to serve as operators in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. In August 2023, he reported to Navy Talent Acquisition Group Empire State as Executive Officer.
Commander Skiles has proudly served with teams who earned the Battle “E”, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Arizona Memorial Trophy which recognizes the fleet’s most combat-ready surface ship. He is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal as well as the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation and Achievement Medals.