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Marine Aircraft Group 36

 

Marine Aircraft Group 36

MAG-36

MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan

Commanding Officer
Col Matthew B. Robbins

 

Colonel Robbins hails from Chesterfield, MA. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1989 and attended recruit training, Nuclear Field ‘A’ School, and Naval Nuclear Power school at the Naval Training Center in Orlando, FL. In 1991, he transferred to Nuclear Power Training Unit Windsor Locks, CT for service as an Electronics Technician Second Class and Nuclear Reactor Operator until being nominated to the United States Naval Academy.

Graduating with a degree in Mathematics in 1995, newly commissioned Second Lieutenant Robbins attended The Basic School before reporting to Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL for training and subsequent designation as a Naval Aviator in 1997. In 1998, he qualified in the CH-53D with HMT-301 at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI, and joined HMH-366 where he served as NATOPS Officer, Flight Line Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, and ultimately as the Maintenance Officer. He augmented the 1999 MISTEX exercise in Okinawa, completed CAX 9/10-98 at 29 Palms, CA, deployed to Dhaka, Bangladesh to support HMX-1 during the historic first POTUS visit to that country, and partnered with HMH-463 aboard the USS Boxer during the multi-national RIMPAC 2000 training exercise. In October 2000, the squadron was de-activated.

Reassigned to HMH-463 as the Logistics Officer, Captain Robbins assumed the role of Assistant Operations Officer after graduating from WTI 2-01. In 2001, he joined other 1st and 3D MAW personnel in Guam to form the Aviation Combat Element of SPMAGTF – Koa Thunder in support of the biannual TRUEX for the 31st MEU.

In June 2002, Captain Robbins reported to Norwich University as the Marine Officer Instructor during which time he supported Officer Candidate School as G Company, 4th Platoon Commander and provided academic and functional courseware including the Evolution of Warfare and Amphibious Warfare for midshipmen and cadets.

Subsequent orders returned Major Robbins to MAG-24 as Director of Safety and Standardization for HMH-363. In 2006, he attended the Naval Aviation Maintenance Program Management Course en route to Exercise DESERT TALON before deploying with the squadron as Maintenance Officer to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in Al Asad, Iraq. Post deployment, Major Robbins served as Executive Officer before accepting an invitation to MAWTS-1.

From 2008 to 2011, he served as the Assault Support Department Head, Director of Safety and Standardization, and Operations Officer at MAWTS-1, participating in numerous WTI Courses and assessing multiple ACE units in preparation for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM during ENHANCED MOJAVE VIPER pre-deployment exercises.

In May 2011, Major Robbins joined Headquarters Marine Corps for assignment as the Aviation Branch Head for the Commandant of the Marine Corps Safety Division.

In January 2012, Lieutenant Colonel Robbins reported for duty as the Executive Officer for HMH-464 before assuming command of the squadron in June 2012. During his tenure, HMH-464 provided detachments to the 22nd and 24th MEUs, as well as the final HMH rotation to the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa in Djibouti, Africa. The squadron also premiered the return of active duty HMH support to the Unit Deployment Program in Okinawa, Japan.

Following his command tour, LtCol Robbins served on the staff of MAG-29 before attending the United States Army War College from which he graduated with the Class of 2015, earning a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.

LtCol Robbins then joined the Joint Staff J-7, Joint Force Development, Joint Education and Doctrine, Joint Doctrine Analysis Division. His portfolio included Joint Publication (JP) 3-04, Joint Shipboard Helicopter and Tiltrotor Aircraft Operations; JP 3-07.3, Peace Operations; JP 3-20, Security Cooperation; JP 3-22, Foreign Internal Defense; JP 3-24, Counterinsurgency; and JP 3-68, Noncombatant Evacuation Operations. During his tenure, he augmented the Deployable Training Division in support of Exercise PANAMAX 16 at USSOUTHCOM. Upon selection to O-6, Lieutenant Colonel Robbins transferred to MARFORCOM in 2017.

Colonel Robbins served as the MARFORCOM Command Inspector General and AC/S G-9, responsible for force level capabilities and requirements, as well as continuous process improvement across MARFORCOM. In 2018, he and his family transferred to Okinawa with his assignment as the 1st MAW Chief of Staff.

Colonel Robbins’ personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal Strike/Flight with numeral 4, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal.