COLONEL LYNN K. ROBINSON JR.
Col Lynn K. Robinson Jr. is the Commander of the 166th Airlift Wing in New Castle, Delaware. As commander, he is responsible for leading more than 1,100 people, overseeing base property and capital assets and controlling an annual budget exceeding $55 million. Col Robinson directs the wing's overall missions, which include providing tactical airlift and air drop of troops, cargo and passengers using C-130H2.5 aircraft; providing aeromedical evacuation; supporting state, regional, and national civil engineering efforts; and conducting cyberspace operations.
Col Robinson received his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla. He has 22 years of service and spent seven years active duty as a B-52H Instructor Radar Navigator stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and 15 years in the Delaware Air National Guard as a C-130H Instructor Navigator. Col Robinson is a Master Navigator with over 2,800 flight hours, including 540 combat hours and more than 350 instructor hours. He has participated in seven deployments in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Col Robinson’s previous assignments include Chief of Wing Plans, Wing Director of Inspections, Commander of the 166th Maintenance Squadron, Commander of the 166th Maintenance Group, and Commander of the 166th Operations Group. Prior to his current position, the colonel was the Director of Staff, Joint Forces Headquarters, Delaware Air National Guard, New Castle, Delaware.
1997 Bachelor of Science, Aviation Computer Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
2003 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2012 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2016 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
May 1997 – May 1998, Student, Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla.
May 1998 - November 2002, Instructor Radar navigator, 96th Bomb Squadron, 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La.
November 2002 - August 2004, Flight Training Unit Instructor Radar Navigator, 11th Bomb Squadron, 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale AFB, La.
January 2006 - May 2013, Instructor Navigator, 142nd Airlift Squadron, 166th Airlift Wing, New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del.
May 2013 – August 2014, Chief of Wing Plans and Director of Inspections, 166th Airlift Wing, New Castle ANGB, Del.
September 2014 – March 2017, Commander, 166th Maintenance Squadron, 166th Airlift Wing, New Castle ANGB, Del.
March 2017 – April 2017, Commander, 166th Maintenance Group, 166th Airlift Wing, New Castle ANGB, Del.
April 2017 – April 2020, Commander, 166th Operations Group 166th Airlift Wing, New Castle ANGB, Del.
May 2020 – September 2021, Director Of Staff-Air, Joint Force Headquarters, MAJ Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III National Guard Reserve Center, New Castle, Del.
September 2021 – Present, Commander, 166th Airlift Wing, New Castle ANGB, Del.
Rating: Master Navigator
Flight hours: more than 2,800 including more than 540 combat hours
Aircraft: T-34, T-1, T-39, B-52H, C-130E/H
M AJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Combat Action Medal
1999 Distinguished Graduate, B-52H Navigator Initial Qualification Course
2001 Distinguished Graduate, B-52H Radar Navigator Upgrade Course
2003 Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School
2006 Distinguished Graduate, C-130 Navigator Initial Qualification Course
2013 Distinguished Graduate, C-130 Instructor Navigator Course
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
National Guard Association of the United States
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant April 30, 1997
First Lieutenant April 30, 1999
Captain April 30, 2001
Major April 30, 2008
Lieutenant Colonel Feb. 12, 2014
Colonel Dec. 2, 2017
(Current as of March 2022)