CAPTAIN JAMES W. ROBINSON JR.
UNITED STATES NAVY
Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN
CAPT Robinson is a native of Modesto, California and enlisted in the United States Navy in September 1983. Following completion of the Nuclear Power program he served onboard the FLORIDA (SSBN 728 Gold) and Submarine NR-1, while earning Bachelor of Science degrees in Sociology and Nuclear Technologies. In September 1991, CAPT Robinson was initiated as a Chief Petty Officer (EMC SS/DV) and accepted to Aviation Officer Candidate School; he was commissioned in March 1992 and designated a Naval Flight Officer in April 1993.
CAPT Robinson’s aviation assignments include: VP-40 where he completed two Misawa, Japan deployments and one Diego Garcia deployment. VP-30 where he served as an NFO instructor, IUT Instructor, Lead NFO Fleet NATOPS evaluator and Weapons Tactics Unit subject matter expert for the Stand-off Attack Missile (SLAM), participating in SLAM strikes during air campaign in Kosovo and designated as a P-3C Weapons Tactics Instructor (WTI). VP-40 as the first Maritime Patrol Aviation “Super JO” where he served as the Tactics Department Head and deployed to Diego Garcia and Misawa, Japan flying over 400 hours overland Afghanistan in the opening months of Operation Enduring Freedom. VP-46 where he served as Command Service Officer, Tactics Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer and deployed to Misawa, Japan. VP-10 as Executive Officer and the squadron’s 73rd Commanding Officer where the RED LANCERS completed a tri-site deployment to CENTCOM, AFRICOM and PACOM and awarded the 2009 COMNAVAIRLANT Battle E, Golden Wrench for maintenance excellence and the CFFC Retention Excellence Award.
CAPT Robinson’s shore assignments include: The Joint Staff, J-6 directorate where he served as an Action Officer within the Spectrum Division. NAVCENT HQ where he served as the Deputy Commander of Task Force FIVE SEVEN in support of combat operations for Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. USCENTCOM HQ, J-5 directorate where he served as the Arabian Peninsula Branch Chief and Strategic Planner.
CAPT Robinson’s education includes Master degrees from the Naval War College and Air War College as well as JPME I and II.
CAPT Robinson recently completed the P-8 transition syllabus and will assume the duties as Deputy Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN in July 2015.
His personal declarations include: Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service (2), Meritorious Service (2), Air Medal (2nd strike), Navy Commendation (4), Navy Achievement (6) and the Good Conduct Medal.