Colonel Robinson, a native of Winchester, Virginia, was commissioned in May 1991 upon graduation from the U. S. Naval Academy, earning a B. S. degree in Systems Engineering.
Following The Basic School and flight training, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in May 1994 and assigned to VMFAT-101 in El Toro, California for initial F/A-18 training. Robinson was subsequently assigned to VMFA(AW)-224 in Beaufort, South Carolina in July 1995. While with the “Bengals”, Robinson deployed twice to Aviano Air Base, Italy, and flew missions in support of UN and NATO operations over Bosnia. In the summer of 1997, he completed the MAWTS-1 Marine Division Tactics Course (MDTC) and completed the Marine Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course in the spring of 1998. He then deployed with the squadron to the Western Pacific before completing his operational tour in April 1999.
Selected for the Naval Postgraduate School/U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Cooperative Program, Robinson reported to Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California for study in aeronautical engineering. In December 2000, he transferred to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland to attend U. S. Naval Test Pilot School. Graduating in December 2001, he was the recipient of the Most Outstanding Student Award and concurrently received a M. S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
Robinson was then assigned to Aircraft Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23) where he initially worked F/A-18 Mission Systems, responsible for assessing several new avionics upgrades for F/A-18A-F aircraft. In August 2003, he was re-assigned as the F/A-18 Deputy Department Head and led F/A-18 Operations.
In January 2005, Robinson transferred to PMA-265, F/A-18 Program Office, where he served as the F/A-18A-D Air Vehicle Integrated Product Team Co-Lead. During this period he was selected to be the first NAVAIR Liaison (Fwd), and in July 2006 deployed to Al Asad, Iraq as an Individual Augment. He served as the Asst Operations Officer and NAVAIR Liaison for Marine Aircraft Group-16 (Fwd) and flew combat missions with VMFA(AW)-242 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Upon his return in March 2007, Robinson was assigned to PMA-275, V-22 Program Office, where he served as MV-22 IPT Lead, until he was selected to attend the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) in July 2009. After graduating in June 2010 and receiving a M.S. degree in National Resource Strategy, Robinson reported to the Joint Staff, J8, Capabilities and Acquisitions Division, where he served as the Vertical Lift and Ground Maneuver Program Analyst in the Strategic & Tactical Systems Branch. In September 2012, he transferred to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition to serve as Military Assistant to the Honorable Sean J. Stackley, ASN(RDA).
Colonel Robinson’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal