View June 2023 KANZA Warrior Spotlight: Melodie Skillman

  • Published
  • By Tech. Sgt. Abigail Klein
  • 931st Air Refueling Wing


1. What is your official job title?
Budget analyst

2. What is your hometown? Where did you grow up?      
I was born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. My father was in the Air Force. Though his career was primarily at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, we spent time in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Guam. Once he retired, he moved the family back to his hometown--Waverly, Kansas. 

3. What is your civilian job? Are you an ART, ARG, TR or civilian)? 
Department of Defense (DoD) civilian

4. Why did you join the Air Force?      
Deciding to join the DoD team was based on my experience as a military spouse. I wanted to have a career where I too could serve as well as transfer when my spouse was relocated was a great option.

5. What are your goals (i.e. personal, school)?       
My immediate goal is to finish the required training to acquire Financial Management Certification Level II. I hope to end my career as a budget officer. Once I retire in five years, I will then focus on traveling more and enjoying quality time with my grandchildren.

6. What are your hobbies?       
I love reading, gardening, baking and traveling. 

7. How do you contribute to the 931st mission?      
I manage the operating and maintenance budget (O and M) for the 931st ARW. The O and M budget includes civilian pay, Government Purchase Card (GPC) funds and O and M travel. 

8. What challenges do you face?      
The challenges I have faced are learning the differences between the AF reserve component versus the AF active-duty component where I spent most of my career. Luckily, since I've been at McConnell AFB since 2000, I see many familiar faces and everyone has made me feel welcome.

9. What's your favorite part of the mission?      
As a military daughter, spouse and mother, I am proud that I get to contribute to the mission of McConnell and the 931st- by helping our teams get the equipment and supplies needed to perform their duties more efficiently