Lori Robinson

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Lori Jean Robinson
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Born 1959 (age 56–57)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the US Air Force.svg United States Air Force
Years of service 1981—present (35 years)
Rank US Air Force O10 shoulderboard rotated.svg General
Commands held USNORTHCOM / NORAD
Pacific Air Forces
552d Air Control Wing
17th Training Wing
Awards Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)

Lori J. Robinson is a United States Air Force general who currently serves as Combatant Commander of the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and commander-in-chief of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). She is the first female officer to command a major Unified Combatant Command in the history of the United States Armed Forces.[1]

Robinson previously served as Commander of Pacific Air Forces; Air Component Commander for United States Pacific Command; and Executive Director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The Pacific Air Forces command has responsibility for Air Force activities spread over half the globe and supports 45,000 Airmen serving principally in Japan, South Korea, Hawaii, Alaska, and Guam.

On March 18, 2016, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that Robinson would be named by President Barack Obama to replace Admiral William E. Gortney as commander of USNORTHCOM and NORAD, subject to approval by the U.S. Senate. In 2016 Robinson was named to Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people.[2] Robinson was confirmed and took over from Admiral Gortney on 13 May 2016.

Career[edit]

Robinson entered the Air Force in 1981 through the AFROTC program at the University of New Hampshire. She 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.

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. 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, 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 Vice Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB,Va.[3] On September 21, 2007, 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.[4]

In 2014 she was chosen to be the new commanding general of the Pacific Air Forces in Hawaii, making her the first U.S. female four-star commander of combat forces.[5] [6]

Family[edit]

Robinson's step daughter, United States Air Force Reserve (USAFR) Second Lieutenant Taryn Ashley Robinson (b. February 1, 1983) was critically injured, and her civilian flight instructor James Weaver was killed, when their plane impacted terrain on September 21, 2005. Lieutenant Robinson later succumbed to her injuries and died on January 10, 2006. [7] Lieutenant Robinson was an Air Force Academy Graduate (Class of 2005), as was Weaver (Class of 1963). Robinson is married to retired Air Force Major General David A. Robinson.

Education[edit]

Assignments[edit]

  1. January 1982 - June 1982, student, Basic Air Weapons Controller School, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
  2. June 1982 - January 1983, air weapons controller, Homestead AFB, Fla.
  3. January 1983 - January 1985, instructor air weapons controller and live-fire senior director, 81st Range Control Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
  4. January 1985 - February 1986, Chief of Training; and Chief of Standards and Evaluations, 848th Air Control and Weapons Squadron, Wallace Air Station, the Philippines
  5. February 1986 - September 1986, air weapons controller, Air Weapons Controller Division, USAF Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  6. September 1986 - December 1986, student, USAF Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  7. December 1986 - October 1989, instructor and course manager, Air Weapon Control Division, USAF Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  8. October 1989 - August 1992, Chief of Current Operations and command briefer, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
  9. August 1992 - May 1993, air weapons controller, 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker AFB, Okla.
  10. June 1993 - June 1994, Chief, Weapons and Tactics Branch, 965th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla.
  11. July 1994 - June 1995, student, College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
  12. June 1995 - September 1995, student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
  13. 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.
  14. December 1997 - June 1998, student, mission crew commander training, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  15. June 1998 - February 2000, Commander, Command and Control Operations Division, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  16. February 2000 - July 2001, executive officer to the Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va.
  17. July 2001 - June 2002, Air Force Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
  18. June 2002 - August 2004, Commander, 552nd Operations Group, Tinker AFB, Okla. (March 2003 - May 2003, Vice Commander, 405th Air Expeditionary Wing, Southwest Asia)
  19. August 2004 - August 2005, Commander, 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
  20. August 2005 - September 2006, Director, Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group, Washington, D.C.
  21. 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.
  22. May 2007 - August 2008, Commander, 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker AFB, Okla.
  23. 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.
  24. October 2010 – June 2012, Director, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  25. June 2012 – April 2013, Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command; Deputy, Combined Force Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, Southwest Asia.
  26. May 2013 - October 2014, Vice Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley AFB, Va
  27. October 2014 - May 2016, Commander, Pacific Air Forces; Air Component Commander for U.S. Pacific Command; and Executive Director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
  28. May 2016 - present, Commander, USNORTHCOM; Commander, NORAD

Flight experience[edit]

  • Rating: Senior Air Battle Manager
  • Flight hours: more than 900
  • Aircraft: E-3B/C and E-8C

Awards and decorations[edit]

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Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges.
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Bronze oak leaf cluster
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Bronze star
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
Bronze star
Width-44 ribbon with the following stripes, arranged symmetrically from the edges to the center: width-2 black, width-4 chamois, width-2 Old Glory blue, width-2 white, width-2 Old Glory red, width-6 chamouis, width-3 myrtle green up to a central width-2 black stripe
Bronze star
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
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North American Aerospace Defense Command logo.svg Seal of the United States Northern Command.png
Senior Air Battle Manager Badge
Master Weapons Director Badge
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Defense Superior Service Medal Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters Bronze Star Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters Air Force Achievement Medal Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Meritorious Unit Award Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" Device and one silver and one bronze oak leaf clusters Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with two bronze oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star Southwest Asia Service Medal with one bronze campaign star Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze campaign star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon with one bronze oak leaf cluster Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold frame and one bronze oak leaf cluster Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon Air Force Training Ribbon Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
North American Aerospace Defense Command Badge | United States Northern Command Badge

Effective dates of promotion[edit]

  • US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant May 24, 1981
  • US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant September 11, 1983
  • US-O3 insignia.svg Captain September 11, 1985
  • US-O4 insignia.svg Major January 1, 1994
  • US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 1998
  • US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel August 1, 2002
  • US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General July 22, 2008
  • US-O8 insignia.svg Major General May, 2011
  • US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General May 20, 2013
  • US-O10 insignia.svg General October 16, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carter Names First Female Combatant Commander". U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Time 100 Leaders Lori Robinson Time Magazine, April 2016
  3. ^ "GENERAL LORI J. ROBINSON". af.mil. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Shining Star: First woman 552nd ACW commander frocked to brigadier general". af.mil. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "First Woman, Non-Pilot, Nominated for U.S. Air Force Command in Pacific". Headlines & Global News. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  6. ^ http://www.acc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123419170
  7. ^ "Taryn Ashley Robinson, Second Lieutenant, United States Air Force". arlingtoncemetery.net. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
Military offices
Preceded by
William E. Gortney
Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command
&
Commander of the United States Northern Command

May 13, 2016 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent