A native of Boston, Mass., Rear Admiral Harold L. Robinson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1968. His major fields of study were History and Political Science. He earned a Bachelor of Hebrew Letters in 1972, a Master of Arts and ordination as a Rabbi in 1974 all from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1999 the College Institute awarded him the degree of Doctor of Divinity.
Following ordination, he was Rabbi of Temple Israel of Gary, Ind., (1974-1977), the Cape Cod Synagogue (1977-1998) and he is now Rabbi of B'nai Zion Congregation in Shreveport, La. During this time, he has served on numerous boards and commissions, including twelve years on the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, six years on the Resolutions Committee of Reform Judaism and four years on the Commission on Religious Living of Reform Judaism. He served for seven years as Chair of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Cape and Islands Advisory Council.
Commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Seminarian Student Program, in 1971, Rear Adm. Robinson received a superseding commission as a Chaplain in the Naval Reserve in 1975. His Naval Reserve assignments have included, Individual Ready Reserve unit 417; MAF Rel 713; Training Officer, Executive Officer and twice Commanding Officer of MAF Rel 101; and Regimental Chaplain, 25th Marine Regiment 4th Marine Division.
He was assigned in 1989 as Executive Officer and then in 1990 as Commanding Officer of SUBLANT Rel 101, and then as REDCOMREGONE Staff Chaplain, 1992-1994. He was Force Chaplain, Iceland Defense Force, 1995-1996. Rear Adm. Robinson was then assigned as Group Chaplain for the 4th Force Service Support Group, USMC, in 1995 and as Contingency Directorate Chaplain at Naval Facilities Engineering Command in 1998 where he also served as Seabee National Chaplain. Since 2000 he has been assigned to the Chief of Naval Chaplains Office as Special Assistant for Reserve Manpower and in 2003 selected for Flag rank.
Overseas active duty assignments have included: NSA Naples, Italy: Site One, Holy Lock, Scotland; Iceland Defense Force, NAS Keflavic, Iceland; MCB Smedley D. Butler, Okinawa, Japan; and, in 2002, NAVCENT/Fifth Fleet, Manama, Bahrain. Rear Adm. Robinson has been a basic course instructor at Chaplain School, Newport, R.I.; participated in numerous Marine Corps exercises; served at NAS Whidbey Island; NSB New London, Conn.; NSY Portsmouth, N.H.; at NTC Orlando, Fla.; at NTC Great Lakes, Ill.; and at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington Navy Yard.
Personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Naval Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, the Fleet Marine Force Service Ribbon, and the Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Deployment Ribbon.
Effective date: 6 October 2004