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Lt .Colonel John Robinson is the Commander 315 Operations Group Joint Base Charleston SC. He is responsible for the command of six Squadrons, staff and equipment necessary to operate/deploy C-17A aircraft for worldwide contingencies on a daily basis. He leads over 500 personnel to train and maintain combat skills in flying, aeromedical evacuation, airlift control flight, life support, and survival training operations.

Lt. Col. Robinson is a graduate of Clemson University and commissioned through AFROTC. With 25 years of service, he was a member of the 17th AS, the first squadron of C-17s as the C-17 program was initially beginning. He has accumulated over 6,500 hours in the C-17 and is an NVG Airdrop Evaluator. He has participated in many operations over the years including operations Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, presidential support missions and Humanitarian relief missions. As the Chief of Tactics, he participated in 2007 Airlift Rodeo. His team won best C-17 Airdrop Crew and Best Air Refueling Team. The relationship he developed with airborne users led to an invitation to attend the Army Basic Airborne course in Ft Benning, Ga. at age 51. He completed the course with 5, T-11 parachute jumps.

1988 Bachelor of Science, Horticulture Clemson University, SC
1992 UPT Class 92-13 Reese AFB, TX
1992 C-130 Maintenance Officers Course, Little Rock AFB, AR
1993 F-16 Maintenance Officers Course, Moody AFB, GA
1995 Squadron Officers Course, Maxwell AFB, AL
1995 Masters Aerospace Science Technology, Embry Riddle AU
1995 C-17A Initial Qualification Altus AFB, OK
1996 C-17A Copilot Airdrop School, Altus AFB, OK
2003 Air Command and Staff College
2016 Air War College

Aug 91 – Sep 92, Undergraduate Pilot Training Reese AFB, TX
Sep 92 – Jul 93, C-130 Maintenance Officer 40th Airlift Squadron, Pope AFB, NC
Jul 93 – Jul 95, F-16 Maintenance Officer 74th Fighter Squadron, Pope AFB, NC
Jul 95 – Oct 97, C-17 Pilot and Flight Manual Control Officer, 17th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, SC
Oct 97 – May 99, C-17 Pilot/Wing Tactics Officer, 437 OSS, Charleston AFB, SC
May 99 – Aug 2000, Squadron Safety Officer, 15th Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, SC
Aug 00 – Mar 06, C-17 Instructor Pilot/Squadron Scheduler. 701st Airlift Squadron, Charleston AFB, SC
Mar 06 – Nov 15, C-17 Pilot/Chief of Tactics, 315th OSS, Charleston AFB, SC
Nov 15 – Oct 16, C-17 Pilot, Deputy Operations Group Commander, 315th Operations Group, Joint Base Charleston, SC
Oct 16 – Present, C-17 Pilot/Operations Group Commander, 315th Operations Group, Joint Base Charleston, SC


Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: 6,500+
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, T-1, C-17

Meritorious Service Medal with 1 device
Air Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with 1 device
Air Force Achievement Medal with 1 Device
AF Outstanding Unit Award with 5 Devices
Combat Readiness Service Medal with 8 devices
National Defense Service Medal with 1 device
Armed Forces Expeditionary medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal with 1 Device
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal with 1 device
Air Force Longevity Service with 2 Devices
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 “M” Device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon

Second Lieutenant 21 Jun 1991
First Lieutenant 21 Jun 1993
Captain 21 Jun 1995
Major 06 May 2002
Lieutenant Colonel 02 Aug 2007

(Current as of Dec. 2016)