Major General Brian S. Robinson is the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. He is responsible to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff for formulating policy supporting air, space, irregular warfare, counterproliferation, homeland security, weather and cyber operations. General Robinson determines operational requirements, capabilities and training necessary to support national security objectives and military strategy.
General Robinson is a native of Philadelphia and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Philadelphia University in 1987. Later that year, he received his commission from Air Force Officer Training School. He attended undergraduate pilot training and later served as a T-38B First Assignment Instructor Pilot before moving on to a series of operational assignments in the C-130E/H/J and the C-17A, representing the full range of tactical and strategic airlift and aerial delivery. He commanded a C-17A airlift squadron and a deployed expeditionary airlift squadron. He has also held staff assignments at Joint Staff, Air Mobility Command and the U.S. Air Forces Central 609th Combined Air Operations Center. General Robinson served as Vice Commander, 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., as the Commander, 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas and as the commander, 618th Air Operations Center (TACC).
Most recently, he served as the Director of Operations & Nuclear Integration, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill., and was responsible for policy and procedures for rapid mobility air operations and transportation functions assigned to the command. General Robinson is a U.S. Air Force Weapons Officer and command pilot with more than 4,400 hours in airlift and trainer aircraft.
1987 Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, Philadelphia University
1992 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2001 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2001 Master of Arts degree in military operational arts and sciences, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2002 Master of Arts degree in human resource development, Webster University, Mo.
2004 Air War College, by correspondence
2004 C-17A Weapons Instructor Course, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2009 Master of Science degree in national resource strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Ft. Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2014 U.S.- U.K. Military Leaders Forum, National Defense University, Ft. Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
2014 Combined Force Air Component Commander Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2014 Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century Executive Leadership Course, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2015 Joint Flag Officer Warfighter Course
2017 Advanced Senior Leadership Development Course
1. February 1988 – February 1989, undergraduate pilot training, Vance AFB, Okla.
2. March 1989 – January 1993, T-38B instructor pilot, assistant flight commander, Vance AFB, Okla.
3. January 1993 – May 1993, C-130 initial qualification, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
4. May 1993 – July 1996, C-130E/H instructor aircraft commander, assistant flight commander, Wing Airlift Director, 36th Airlift Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan
5. July 1996 – October 1996, C-17A initial qualification, Altus AFB, Okla.
6. October 1996 – June 2000, C-17A evaluator aircraft commander, executive officer, Flight Commander and Assistant Operations Officer, 15th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C.
7. June 2000 – August 2001, Chief, C-17A Tactical Procedures and Policy, Headquarters, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
8. August 2001 – October 2002, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. October 2002 – April 2004, C-17A Evaluator Aircraft Commander, Chief, Standardization and Evaluation, 62nd Operations Group, McChord AFB, Wash. (February 2003 – May 2003, Chief, Strategic Plans and Tactics, Air Mobility Division, Combined Air Operations Center, Southwest Asia)
10. April 2004 – September 2004, operations officer, 4th Airlift Squadron, McChord AFB, Wash.
11. September 2004 – June 2005, operations officer, 8th Airlift Squadron, McChord AFB, Wash.
12. June 2005 – May 2007, Commander, 10th Airlift Squadron, McChord AFB, Wash. (July 2006 – November 2006, Commander, 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Incirlik AB, Turkey)
13. May 2007 – July 2007, Deputy Commander, 62nd Operations Group, McChord AFB, Wash.
14. July 2007 to July 2008 – Director, Air Mobility Division AFCENT CAOC, Al Udeid AB, Qatar
15. August 2008 – June 2009, student, Industrial College of Armed Forces, National Defense University, Ft. Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
16. June 2009 – November 2009, Chief, Strategic Assessments and Analysis Branch, Strategy and Plans Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
17. November 2009 – June 2011, Vice Commander, 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, S.C.
18. June 2011 – January 2012, Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
19. January 2012 – July 2013, Commander, 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
20. July 2013 – June 2015, Vice Commander, 618th Air Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), Scott AFB, Ill.
21. June 2015 – September 2016, Commander, 618th Air Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), Scott AFB, Ill.
22. September 2016 – August 2017, Director of Operations, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
23. August 2017 – present, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 4,400
Aircraft flown: T-38B, C-130E/H/J and C-17A
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Antarctic Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant December 15, 1987
First Lieutenant December 15, 1989
Captain December 15, 1991
Major July 1, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2004
Colonel June 1, 2009
Brigadier General March 2, 2014
Major General November 17, 2017
(Current as of May 2018)