In October, 2018, Hurricane Michael smacked the Gulf of Florida, including the Tyndall Air Force Base while it put the state of Florida into a state of emergency.
Half of the buildings on the base were destroyed and many others were damaged. Military personnel assigned to the base worked endlessly to get the base up and running again.
One of the buildings damaged was building 1285, the air battle manager’s schoolhouse.
It’s now been rebuilt, and renamed “General Lori Robinson Hall.” On May 26 it was dedicated to their own retired General Lori Robinson.
“I am honored, humbled and overwhelmed to have this building named after me,” she said during the online ceremony. “I am so proud to be a part of the ABM community – I am a part of something bigger than myself.”
Robinson is a University of New Hampshire ROTC graduate and served for 36 years in the U.S. Air Force, winning many accomplishments and firsts in that time.
She became the highest ranking ABM in the Air Force and was the first female combatant commander in United States Military history.
She commanded an operations group, a training wing and an air control wing. She also deployed as vice commander of the 405th Air Expeditionary Wing, where she led more than 2,000 Airmen in operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Robinson credits her family and incredible leadership for her success and her legacy will lead others as they enter the schoolhouse doors bearing her name.
“The Air Force, the warfighting team and our nation are better today, safer today, because of her leadership,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. “All future air battle managers will enter these doors, and walk these halls to train here – they will always know the long blue line they are a part of when entering Gen. Lori Robinson Hall.”
Goldfein went on to say that Robinsons bold decisive leadership is part of the Air Force DNA, and her successes are paving the way for young women to aim high.
“I look forward to coming to see it in person, and say thank you to each of you,” Robinson said. “It’s up to you all to be up to the challenge, and hold yourself accountable to yourself and those around you.”