Sherman L. Skillman, better known as “Skip”, was born in 1935 in San Jose, CA. In 1954 at age 18 he enlisted in the U. S. Air Force and began his Air Force career at Lackland AFB, TX with Basic Training. He was then assigned to Lowry AFB, CO where he trained in Avionics.
His next assignment was to Altus AFB, OK as a B-47 Bomb/Nav Technician. That was followed by an assignment to Dyess AFB, TX where he served again as a Bomb/Nav Technician.
In April 1962 he entered Air Force Officer Candidate School at Lackland AFB, TX in class 63A. He graduated in September 1962. After OCS he served as an Avionics Officer at Castle AFB, CA (F-106), Vietnam (F-4), Nellis AFB, NV (F-111) and Langley AFB, VA. He was then assigned to Nellis AFB as the Avionics Squadron Commander.
In November 1974, after 21 years service with the USAF, Skip decided to retire as Major and begin a civilian career. He found employment with the Great Atlantic Property Management Corp. in Newport News, VA (1976-78), then as Director of Maintenance at Christopher Newport University also in Newport News, Virginia (1979-1986).
From 1976 to 2001 he also owned and operated a wholesale auto parts business. He is now fully retired. Skip married Martha in 1956 and they have two girls as well as one grandson.