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In memoriam: Lt. Gen. Lawrence F. Skibbie, USA (Ret.), president emeritus, National Defense Industrial Association.

Lt. Gen. Lawrence F. Skibbie, U.S. Army ret., president emeritus of the National Defense Industrial Association, died December 10 following a long illness.

Gen. Skibbie was appointed president and chief executive officer of the National Defense Industrial Association at its founding March 1, 1997.

NDIA is the result of a merger between the American Defense Preparedness Association, which Gen. Skibbie headed, and the National Security Industrial Association. The amalgamation of these two defense industry associations was largely due to Gen. Skibbie's efforts.

Since his retirement from NDIA in September 2001, he had served as volunteer vice president of the National Military Family Association, which advocates for military families.

In his capacity as ADPA president, Gen. Skibbie re-oriented the association to its historic roots as the proponent of a strong defense industrial base. Through his leadership, ADPA became known as the "Voice of the Industrial Base." AS president of NDIA, he committed to consolidating the defense association community and establishing NDIA as the preeminent defense association.

At his retirement NDIA had three affiliated associations as its partners: the National Training Systems Association, the Association for Enterprise Integration and Women in Defense.

In his honor, the National Defense Industrial Association in 2001 created the Lawrence F. Skibbie Graduate Student Scholarship, which awards up to $10,000 to one or more advanced graduate students in engineering, science or management. So far, at least 10 students have received scholarships.

Gen. Skibbie lectured at the Financial Post Conference of Canada, the Mitre Acquisition Conference, the Brookings Institution, the Defense Systems Management College, the Virginia Defense Conversion Commission and the U.S. Army War College. He also was a frequent witness before both houses of Congress on matters pertaining to the defense industrial base.

Gen. Skibbie served on the boards of Codar Technology Company, Contraves USA, United Way, Boy Scouts of America, National Science Center and the Easter Seal Society. He was an associate of the NSC Global Policy Council, The Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, served on the board of SERCO Inc., and was a long-time member of the Army-Navy Club.

He was born in Bowling Green, Ohio, February 16, 1932, and graduated

from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. in 1954 as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He received a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University. His military education included the Artillery School, Ordnance School, Command and General Staff College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

During his 33 years of Army service, Gen. Skibbie held a variety of command and staff positions which culminated in his final assignment as deputy commander for research, development and acquisition of the Army Materiel Command. He was also deputy commander for readiness of the same organization--the only official in the history of the Army Materiel Command to hold these two disparate positions.

Other key assignments included commanding general of the Army Communications and Electronics Command, appropriations director on the Department of the Army staff, commander of the Rock Island Arsenal--a manufacturing facility engaged in production of gun mounts and recoil mechanisms, commander of the 63rd Maintenance Battalion in Vietnam, as well as associate professor of ordnance engineering at West Point.

Among the awards and decorations bestowed on Gen. Skibbie were the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), Parachutist Badge, Republic of Korea Order of National Security Merit and the Army General Staff Identification Badge.

He was a 1992 selectee to the Ordnance Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his spouse, Nancy J. Miller, and their four children, Dr. Dana Best, Michael Skibbie, Esq., Dr. David Skibbie, and Mark Skibbie.

Gen. Skibbie will be buried on January 17, 2007, at Arlington National Cemetery.


Chairman of the Board

Tofie M. Owen Jr.

Senior Vice President for Corporate Development, SAIC

Vice Chairman of the Board

Hal Yoh

The Day and Zimmermann Group, Inc.

Senior Staff

Lawrence P. Farrell Jr., Lt. Gen., USAF (Ret.)

President, Chief Executive Officer, and Publisher

Barry D. Bates, Maj. Gen., USA (Ret.)

Vice President, Operations

James E. McInerney Jr., Maj. Gen., USAF (Ret.)

Vice President, Membership & Chapters

Peter M. Steffes

Vice President, Government Policy

Bronislaw P. Prokuski Jr., Col., USAF (Poet.)

Vice President, Business Operations


Dino Pignotti

Vice President, Advertising

Paul Greenberg, Maj. Gen., USA (Ret.)

Vice President Emeritus


David Chesebrough

AFEI President

Frederick L. Lewis, Rear Adm., USN (Pet.)

NTSA President

Jane M. Walter

Women In Defense President

Paul Greenberg, Maj. Gen., USA (Ret.)

Executive Director

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Date:Jan 1, 2007
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