Frederick Holmes “Skip” Atwater
Captain F. Holmes “Skip” Atwater was the founder of the US Army’s remote viewing unit. Beginning in 1977 with the program’s first codename, “Gondola Wish,” Skip, in collaboration with another officer, Major “Scotty” Watt, recruited and trained the first remote viewers assigned to the unit. While the organization was regularly renamed “Grill Flame” and later “Center Lane”, Skip continued to be the backbone of the unit while serving as a training officer and operations officer. He developed many of the most successful operational techniques and transferable skills that were used throughout the duration of the project. After helping oversee the unit’s transition from the Army to the Defense Intelligence Agency under the re-code name “Sun Streak”, Skip continued to support operational innovation as the unit’s operations officer until he retired from the Army in early 1988. He then became Laboratory Director of the Monroe Institute in Virginia, then, following the death of Laurie Monroe, Deputy Director of the Institute, and finally President of the organization from which he retired in 2012. Skip is the author of numerous academic papers dealing with the technology developed at the Monroe Institute and his own memoirs, Captain of My Ship, Master of My Soul: Living With Guidance .
Skip Atwater talks about his first meeting with Bob Monroe in 1977