A native of Dale County, Alabama, Henry Gene Skeen entered the Air Force in 1949 and transferred to the United States Army in 1953, and upon completion of Officer Candidate School that year was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Infantry. After serving as platoon leader in various Infantry and Airborne companies, he was awarded a Regular Army commission as a Quartermaster First Lieutenant in 1958. His important commands included Commander, United States. Army Troop Support Command in Saint Louis, Missouri.
Commander, Defense Industrial Support Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Commander, Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service in Battle Creek, Michigan. Commander, 88th Supply and Service Battalion in Vietnam.
Commander, Regional Support Activity, Military Region II, Vietnam. Commander, United States. Army Logistic Evaluation Agency at New Cumberland Army Depot.
And Commander, Burtonwood Army Depot in England.
In 1997, he was inducted into the Quartermaster Hall of Fame. Skeen was married to Nedra Joy. Pauline; and to Nancy at the time of his death.
General Skeen was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on February 24, 2006, with full military honors.