Col. Skye Duncan

Colonel Skye Duncan is the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Garrison commander. As JBLM Garrison commander, Colonel Duncan ensures mission essential support and services to units, service members, families, civilian employees, contractors and retirees -- which totals more than 290,000 people within 414,000 acres -- to enable commanders to build and maintain a trained and ready force. As commander, Colonel Duncan is responsible for installation management, facility maintenance and construction, environmental protection, housing, emergency management, communication systems, security and law enforcement, fire protection, dining, lodging, recreational services, human resources management, supply and vehicle fleet management.

Colonel Duncan was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps from the Reserve Officer Training program at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, in 1996. Colonel Duncan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Medicine Biology.  

After graduation from the Signal Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to the 304th Signal Battalion at Camp Colbern, Korea, where he served as a platoon leader and company executive officer. Upon returning stateside, he was assigned as executive officer, Bravo Company, 442nd Signal Battalion, Fort Gordon, Georgia.  Following the Infantry Officer Advanced Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, he served as the Battalion S-6, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM); and then as company commander, Charlie Company, 29th Signal Battalion (now 51st Expeditionary Signal Battalion) also at JBLM.

Colonel Duncan moved to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to serve as the deputy regimental S-6 with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). Then, at the first of three tours in Washington, D.C., he was the brigade S-6 followed by two command positions at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He then moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to be the J6-3/Chief of Operations, Joint Special Operations Command, and returned again to Washington, D.C., for battalion command at Fort Belvoir.

He attended the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and comes to JBLM most recently from the Pentagon, where he directed Force Modernization and Mission Command on the Army Staff with the Chief Information Officer / G-6.

He is a graduate of the Signal Officer Basic Course, the Infantry Captain Career Course, the Signal FA-53 Course, the Combined Arms Services and Staff School, three Combat Skills Training Courses, the Air Assault School, the High-Risk Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course, the Jumpmaster School, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. Along with his bachelor’s degree, Colonel Duncan also holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Colonel Duncan has deployed to Iraq twice as well as one tour of duty in Afghanistan and one in the Philippines.

Colonel Duncan’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medals.  He earned Senior Parachutist wings, Dutch and German jump wings and the German Efficiency Badge along with the Army Staff Badge.  He served in units that earned the Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.