Lieutenant Colonel Skidmore is from Lake Ridge, VA and a 2005 graduate of The Citadel where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. He subsequently completed Officer Candidate Course-190, commissioned in December 2005, and was assigned to 7th ESB as Platoon Commander of 1st Platoon, Bravo Company where he served to reconstitute the Battalion’s dry and wet-gap bridging capability.
In February 2008, 1stLt Skidmore deployed with 7th ESB in support of OIF 8.2 as the Battalion’s security detachment OIC responsible for mounted combat logistics patrols and engineer site security as well as horizontal and demilitarization engineer operations.
Upon redeploying in September 2008, 1stLt Skidmore was assigned as the Executive and Operations Officer of Border Transition Team 4235, deploying along the Iraq-Syria border in support of OIF 9.1.
In September 2009, 1stLt Skidmore received orders to MWSS-373, 3d MAW as the Engineer Company Commander and was frocked to Captain. He deployed with the Squadron in September 2010 in support of OEF 10.2. While deployed the Company was responsible for all 3d MAW (FWD) engineering activities within Regional Command, Southwest including the construction of the FOB Delaram II Expeditionary Airfield. For their efforts on this deployment the Company was in receipt of the 2011 MWSS Engineer Company of the Year Award presented by the Marine Corps Engineer Association. Upon completion of the deployment Captain Skidmore assumed command of the Airfield Operations Company.
In July 2011, Captain Skidmore was selected as the Aide-de-Camp to the Assistant Wing Commander, 3d MAW and deployed as Aide to the Commanding General, 3d MAW (FWD) in support of OEF 12.1-13.1.
In May 2013, Captain Skidmore executed orders to Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) where, in December 2014, he graduated with a Master of Science in Management concentrating in defense systems analysis. While at NPS, Captain Skidmore graduated from Marine Corps Command and Staff College (Distance Program), completed Naval War College JPME-1, certified as a Fraud Examiner, and served on the student staff as the Operations Officer of the Thesis Research Working Group.
In January 2015, Captain Skidmore reported to Headquarters Marine Corps, Programs and Resources, Program Analysis & Evaluation Division, where he served as the lead program analyst for the Sustainment Program Evaluation Board, lead analyst for the Strategic Portfolio Review, and co-analyst in support of the NATO Science & Technology Office. In the spring of 2016, Major Skidmore was selected as a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI National Security Fellow. In July 2017, Major Skidmore was selected as Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources.
In July 2018 Major Skidmore reported to Marine Corps University: Command and Staff College during which he was selected for the “Gray Scholar” advanced studies program and earned both a Master of Science in Military Studies (Distinguished Graduate) and a Graduate Certificate in Future Concept Development.
In July 2019 Major Skidmore reported to CLB-13 for duty as Battalion Operations Officer and acting Executive Officer. During this time Major Skidmore graduated from the Intermediate MAGTF Logistics Operations Course, Joint Engineer Operations Course, and supported Exercise Native Fury 2020. On 1 June 2020 Major Skidmore assumed the sole duties of Executive Officer, CLB-13.
In July 2021 Major Skidmore transitioned to 1st MLG and assumed duties as the G-3 Operations Officer. He was promoted to his current rank of Lieutenant Colonel in December 2021.
In May 2022, LtCol Skidmore transferred to MWSS-372 and assumed his role as Commanding Officer.