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April 2005

Release date: April 20, 2005

Col. Robinson to Address ASU Graduates at Spring Commencement May 14

Col. Lori J. Robinson, commander of the 17th Training Wing at Goodfellow Air Force Base, will deliver the commencement address during the Angelo State University's spring graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 14, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

Robinson will address graduates of the College of Business and Professional Studies and the School of Education during a 10 a.m. ceremony that Saturday. She will speak to graduates of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the College of Sciences in a 2 p.m. ceremony. More than 500 students will receive diplomas during the two graduation exercises.

At Goodfellow Col. Robinson is responsible for training more than 6,000 intelligence experts annually for the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps as well as for various government agencies and allied nations. She also oversees training for some 3,000 fire protection students and special instrument specialists for the Department of Defense.

Additionally, she commands three geographically separated units with over 1,000 Air Force personnel. She also manages real property, equipment, supplies and contracts in excess of $598 million and oversees an annual operating budget exceeding $69 million. At Goodfellow she provides support to Army, Navy and Marine Corps on-base units as well as to ASU's Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) unit.

Col. Robinson entered the Air Force in 1982 after graduating from the University of New Hampshire, where she received her commission through the ROTC. Her positions as an air battle manager have included instructor at the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons School, chief of tactics in the 965th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron (AWACS), and commander, Command and Control Operations Division, Air Force Weapons School.

Her staff assignments have included command briefer at Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, deputy chief of staff and executive assistant to the director at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and executive officer to the commander of Air Combat Command.

During her assignment as commander, 552nd Operations Group, Tinker Air Force Base, Robinson was deployed to Oman for two months and served as the vice wing commander, 405th Air Expeditionary Wing. In Oman, she led over 2,000 airmen flying B-1s, KC-135s and E-3s in both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Prior to assuming command of the 552nd Operations Group, Col. Robinson was an Air Force Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

In 1992 Robinson earned her master of arts in education leadership and management from Troy State University in Alabama.

Robinson's major awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Aerial Achievement Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters.