Robinson, David, USAF

Dave was born in Woonsocket, R. I., and was raised if Fairfield, CT.  He is a 1976 honor graduate of the U. S. Air Force Academy.  A career fighter and instructor pilot, he also flew combat support missions in the KC-135R during Operation Deny Flight.  Dave has served in many leadership positions, notably as a Squadron Operations Officer, Squadron Commander, Wing Vice Commander, and as the Director of the Combined Arms Operations Center, Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia.  He has also held key staff assignments on the Joint Staff and within the offices of the Secretary of the Air Force.  In his last assignment, he served as the Mobilization Assistance to the Chief of the Air Force Reserve, Headquarters, U. S. Air Force, Washington, D. C.  Among his significant military decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.  Dave was also a Boeing 737 pilot for Southwest Airlines.  He served as a Captain, Check Airman and Chief Pilot.

Dave and his wife, Lori, met at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada when they were both USAF Captains (O-3.)  Dave retired from the Air Force in 2008 while Lori stayed on active duty until her recent retirement.  Lori’s final assignment was as the Commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the Commander of the United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM).  She retired after 37 years in the Air Force on August 1st, 2018. Among their favorite assignments were two tours at Nellis AFB, NV and two tours at Hickam AFB, HI. And of note, they also survived 5 tours in Washington, DC.

Dave has been very involved in spouse issues throughout his career, most notably when he and Lori were squadron commanders at different bases at the same time. In that unique experience, they learned to support each other as squadron commander spouses. Dave has been in involved as an Air Force Key Spouse and Key Spouse Mentor since 2005.  One of his passions has been being a Senior Mentor for the Air Force Squadron Commander’s Courses at Langley AFB, VA and Hickam AFB, HI. 

Dave has supported the local communities he and Lori have had the honor to serve by being a member of Board of Directors for 501©3 organizations. Dave continues to serve on several boards and continues to look for future opportunities.