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Dr. Peter D. Skirbunt

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Chief Historian

Phone: (804) ***-****  HQ Phone
Defense Commissary Agency
1300 E Avenue
Fort Lee, Virginia 23801
United States

Company Description: About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Graphic Plotter Assembler and Technician
    California Computer

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Historian
    Defense Commissary Agency
  • Historian for the Air Force Commissary Service
    Kelly Air Force Base
  • Staff Historian
    San Antonio Air Logistics Center

Education

  • Ph.D.
  • Ph.D
  • Doctorate , History
    Ohio State University
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Web References
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As a follow-up to our summer series on transition to adulthood and workplace considerations, Peter Skirbunt, Ph.D, and Tamara Eastman, B.A., will discuss their experiences in establishing and maintaining successful employment for a person with Asperger's Syndrome.
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Peter Skirbunt is the Chief Historian for the Defense Commissary Agency at Fort Lee. Dr. Skirbunt will share details about his role as a "coach" in the workplace for Ms. Eastman.
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As a follow-up to our summer series on transition to adulthood and workplace considerations, Peter Skirbunt, Ph.D, and Tamara Eastman, B.A., will discuss their experiences in establishing and maintaining successful employment for a person with Asperger's Syndrome.
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Peter Skirbunt is the Chief Historian for the Defense Commissary Agency at Fort Lee. Dr. Skirbunt will share details about his role as a "coach" in the workplace for Ms. Eastman.
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Dr. Skirbunt has taught her the job of historian from the ground up. She feels her most difficult behavior challenges at work include staying focused and remaining seated and still for prolonged periods of time, such as during meetings and in classes at the university. She has also found that it helps to keep checklists and reminders of the tasks she is to complete, both at work and at home. She credits the Federal Government and Dr. Skirbunt's patience and understanding with much of her employment success - in fact, she has received an "exceptional" performance rating three years in a row!
Peter D. Skirbunt, Ph.D, is the Historian for the Defense Commissary Agency, Headquartered at Fort Lee, Virginia. He has been the agency's Historian since its establishment in October, 1991. As such, he has initiated and established an extensive archive on the history of the armed forces' commissaries, which have existed at over 1,200 locations since they began operating in 1867. Before his assignment as the agency historian, he was the historian for the Air Force Commissary Service at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to that, he had been a staff historian at the San Antonio Air Logistics Center, also at Kelly Air Force Base. He had also worked for California Computer as a Graphic Plotter Assembler and Technician in Anaheim, California; a photographer in Columbus, Ohio; and a camp counselor in Cleveland, Ohio.
As a member of the Office of Corporate Communication and an experienced photographer, Dr. Skirbunt has produced hundreds of commissary-related photographs, and has discovered and collected hundreds of historical shots as well. He has written dozens of articles for Vision, the employee magazine, to help in the employees' understanding of the benefit's past. In 2009, he published The Illustrated History of American Military Commissaries, the only history ever written on the four services' commissaries. The two-volume book took years of research, compilation, and writing, and contains a wealth of material unavailable anywhere else.
He earned his Doctorate in History, with a specialty in American Military History, at Ohio State University in 1983, and had been the recipient of the Dissertation Year Fellowship bestowed by the U. S. Army Center of Military History the year before. He taught at Ohio State and Purdue Universities, and since 1985 has conducted courses in American, World, and Military history for hundreds of military students, and their spouses, at the University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio College, Wayland Baptist University, Virginia State University, Richard Bland College, Central Texas College, and Saint Leo University. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Skirbunt now resides in Chesterfield County, Virginia, with Rebecca, his wife of 33 years; their daughter, Christine; and their son-in-law, Scott.
"'It's not a tax!'" - The Military Family Network™
www.emilitary.org, 8 Jan 2011 [cached]
Surcharge dollars have paid for construction projects since 1974, but experimental surcharges existed as long as 121 years ago, according to DeCA's historian, Dr. Pete Skirbunt. "There was a surcharge in 1879 and another in the 1920s, but the first permanent modern surcharge of 2 percent was established in 1952," he said.
In 1974, to provide funds for construction and improvements of store facilities, Congress raised the surcharge at Army and Air Force stores in the United States to 3 percent, and overseas stores were one-half percent more.
"This was increased to 4 percent in 1976 and 5 percent in April 1983," said Skirbunt.
E&C News Bulletin Board
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Written, researched, edited and indexed by the agency's historian, Dr. Peter D. Skirbunt, and Public Affairs Specialist Kevin L. Robinson, the work consists of two softcover volumes totaling 765 pages, including appendices, a bibliography, a detailed index, and more than 750 black-and-white and color photographs and illustrations.
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DeCA Historian Dr. Peter D. Skirbunt (right) and Public Affairs Specialist Kevin L. Robinson with their work "The Illustrated History of American Military Commissaries" in a "nest cart," circa 1947, from Nellis AFB, Nev. (Photo: Ben Rouse, DeCA)
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The work started out as a history of the Air Force commissaries when Pete Skirbunt was the historian at the Air Force Commissary Service (AFCOMS) in 1986.
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Skirbunt was assigned to DeCA's Public Affairs office (now Corporate Communications) where he continued compiling data that eventually turned up in the book's appendices, and other materials - including many of the photographs found in the book. He also did a lot of legwork, visiting the National Archives, and occasionally going TDY to one store or another.
"By 2001, I had assembled enough material to start the book," he said. "I was determined that this one was going to be filled with photographs, to add to its appeal, unlike a lot of military histories. I had started in an empty office at AFCOMS, but I managed to assemble a collection of thousands of photos and slides, hundreds of which are now stored electronically."
Skirbunt's project received positive reactions from his fellow DeCA employees.
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"The tale grew in the telling - whenever I wrote one chapter, Kevin or I discovered that I had raised some new issues or inspired some new questions, so I needed to do more research on the previous chapter even as I started writing the next one," Skirbunt said.
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Skirbunt is hard pressed to pick his favorite, although he said several stand out. "To me, the study of history is one continuous good story," he said.
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There were other parts of the book where Skirbunt had to set the record straight. "For as long as I can remember, there was this crazy 'remote posts' idea - everybody seemed to think commissaries had started at remote frontier posts," he said.
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Looking to the future, Skirbunt would like to publish an updated version of the tome, "with the new edition covering anything new that we accomplish.
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