|Lori Jean Robinson|
Lieutenant General Lori J. Robinson Vice Commander, Air Combat Command
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1982–present|
552d Air Control Wing |
17th Training Wing
Distinguished Service Medal|
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star Medal
Lori J. Robinson is a United States Air Force Lieutenant General who currently serves as the Vice Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va. She assists the Commander in organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime defense. ACC operates more than 1,300 aircraft, 22 wings, 14 bases, and more than 500 organizations operating at more than 50 locations worldwide with 83,838 active-duty and civilian personnel.
General Robinson entered the Air Force in 1982 through the ROTC program at the University of New Hampshire. She has served in a variety of positions as an Air Battle Manager, including instructor and Commander of the Command and Control Operations Division at the United States Air Force Weapons School, as well as Chief of Tactics in the 965th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron. She has held staff assignments as command briefer at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Deputy Chief of Staff and executive assistant to the Director at the Defense Information Systems Agency, and executive officer to the Commander of Air Combat Command.
General Robinson has commanded an operations group, a training wing, and an air control wing. She has also deployed as Vice Commander of the 405th Air Expeditionary Wing, leading more than 2,000 Airmen flying B-1 Lancer, KC-135 Stratotanker and E-3 Sentry aircraft in operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. General Robinson was an Air Force Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and has served at the Pentagon as Director of the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group. She has also been Deputy Director for Force Application and Support, Directorate of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Following this General Robinson was Director, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C and prior to assuming her current position General Robinson was the Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command; Deputy, Combined Force Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, Southwest Asia. On September 21, 2007 General Robinson made history when she became the first Air Battle Manager and first woman 552nd ACW commander to be frocked to brigadier general while stationed at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma.
Family & personal
Robinson is married to retired USAF Major General David A. Robinson.
Robinson's daughter, United States Air Force Reserve (USAFR) Second Lieutenant Taryn Ashley (b.February 1, 1983) was critically injured, and her civilian flight instructor was killed, when their plane impacted terrain on September 21, 2005. Taryn later succumbed to her injuries and died on January 10, 2006. Lt. Robinson was enrolled in a government undergraduate pilot training (UPT) introductory flight program, and this was her second flight. Taryn's flight instructor, James L. Weaver, age 64, was flying the Diamond Aircraft Industries DA20-C1, single-engine airplane, N63PA, when it clipped two high-tension power cables while simulating engine failure near Pleasanton, Texas. Lt. Robinson was an Air Force Academy Graduate (Class of 2005), as was Mr. Weaver (Class of 1963).
- 1981 Bachelor of Arts in English, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire
- 1986 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
- 1986 United States Air Force Fighter Weapons School, distinguished graduate, Nellis AFB, Nevada
- 1992 Master of arts in education leadership and management, Troy State University, Troy, Alabama
- 1995 Master's degree in national security and strategic studies, College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
- 2001 Air War College, by correspondence
- 2002 Air Force Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
- 2005 Senior Executive Fellows Program, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- January 1982 - June 1982, student, Basic Air Weapons Controller School, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
- June 1982 - January 1983, air weapons controller, Homestead AFB, Fla.
- January 1983 - January 1985, instructor air weapons controller and live-fire senior director, 81st Range Control Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
- January 1985 - February 1986, Chief of Training; and Chief of Standards and Evaluations, 848th Air Control and Weapons Squadron, Wallace Air Station, the Philippines
- February 1986 - September 1986, air weapons controller, Air Weapons Controller Division, USAF Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
- September 1986 - December 1986, student, USAF Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
- December 1986 - October 1989, instructor and course manager, Air Weapon Control Division, USAF Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
- October 1989 - August 1992, Chief of Current Operations and command briefer, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
- August 1992 - May 1993, air weapons controller, 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker AFB, Okla.
- June 1993 - June 1994, Chief, Weapons and Tactics Branch, 965th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla.
- July 1994 - June 1995, student, College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
- June 1995 - September 1995, student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
- September 1995 - December 1997, command, control and communication officer, Deputy Chief of Staff, and executive assistant to the Director, Defense Information Systems Agency, Arlington, Va.
- December 1997 - June 1998, student, mission crew commander training, Nellis AFB, Nev.
- June 1998 - February 2000, Commander, Command and Control Operations Division, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
- February 2000 - July 2001, executive officer to the Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
- July 2001 - June 2002, Air Force Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
- June 2002 - August 2004, Commander, 552nd Operations Group, Tinker AFB, Okla. (March 2003 - May 2003, Vice Commander, 405th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia)
- August 2004 - August 2005, Commander, 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
- August 2005 - September 2006, Director, Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group, Washington, D.C.
- September 2006 - May 2007, Chief, Air Force House Liaison Office, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
- May 2007 - August 2008, Commander, 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker AFB, Okla.
- September 2008 - October 2010, Deputy Director for Force Application and Support, Directorate of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
- October 2010 – June 2012, Director, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
- June 2012 – April 2013, Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command; Deputy, Combined Force Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, Southwest Asia.
- May 2013 – present, Vice Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va
- Rating: Senior Air Battle Manager
- Flight hours: more than 900
- Aircraft: E-3B/C and E-8C
Major awards and decorations
- Distinguished Service Medal
- Defense Superior Service Medal
- Legion of Meritwith two oak leaf clusters
- Bronze Star
- Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
- Aerial Achievement Medal
- Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
- Defense Superior Service Medal
Effective dates of promotion
- Second Lieutenant May 24, 1981
- First Lieutenant September 11, 1983
- Captain September 11, 1985
- Major January 1, 1994
- Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 1998
- Colonel August 1, 2002
- Brigadier General July 22, 2008
- Major General May, 2011
- Lieutenant General May 20, 2013
- This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document ""Biographies: Lieutenant General Lori J. Robinson", United States Air Force".
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