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Rear Admiral Harold L. Robinson

Jewish Generals and Admirals in America's Military

Rear Admiral Harold L. Robinson:
Deputy Chief of Chaplains and
Director of Religious Programs

by Seymour “Sy” Brody

Rear Admiral Harold L. Robinson of the Chaplains Corps, was Deputy Chief of Chaplains for Reserve Matters and the Director of Religious programs, Fleet Marine Force.

He was born in 1947 in the Boston Metropolitan area, in Massachusetts. Robinson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1968. He also earned a Bachelor of Hebrew Letters, 1972, and a Master of Arts and ordination as a Rabbi, in 1974, both from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1999, the College Institute conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Divinity and in 2005, Coe College awarded him the Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

Rear Admiral Robinson’s military career began in 1971, when he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve and in 1975, he became a Navy Chaplain When he was in the Reserve, he experienced many different duties and positions which included Training Officer, Executive Officer Commanding Officer, Regimental Chaplain of the 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division. He also served as Force Chaplain and Iceland Defense Force. He served as group Chaplain for the 4th Service Support Group, USMC, and as National Chaplain for the Seabees.

His flag assignment was Deputy Chief of Chaplains for Reserve Matters and Director of Religious Programs, Marine Force Reserve. Rear Admiral Robinson served as President of COMNAVRESFOR Policy Board FY 2005. He was made a Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer. His overseas assignments took him all over the world.

His personal awards and honors included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Naval Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars and the Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Deployment Ribbon.

Rear Admiral Harold Robinson is currently the Director of the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council Staff, of the Jewish Community Centers of North America.

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