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Senior Marines from Florida honored in ceremony

Miami Times staff report | 8/7/2013, 2:14 p.m.
Thurgood Marshall Memorial Capitol Grounds, Annapolis, MD.

Lieutenant General Ronald L. Bailey and Colonel Michael D. Robinson, both with Florida “roots,” participated in the Marine Corps

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Col. Michael Robinson

embassy Security Group of Command Ceremony in Quantico, Virginia on July 12th. Robinson, born in Orlando, relinquished command to Colonel Frank E. Wending. Lt. General Ron Bailey of St. Augustine, and one of the highest ranking Black Marines in the Marine Corps officiated the ceremony and made remarks.

Miami Times Publisher Emeritus Garth Reeves, Al Jackson (USAR, Lt.C Ret), and Lt. Colonel Tony Armbrister (USMC, Ret)‚ family friends of Colonel Robinson, traveled to Quantico to view the Change of Command. Robinson is the grandson of Mrs. Francena Lewis Robinson (retired nurse) of Miami. His parents, Lt. Col (USMC, Ret) Gilford Robinson, who also attended the ceremony and Ms. Etta Robinson are FAMU graduates and live in Orlando. Among the many distinguished guests and Marines also in attendance were retired Marine 2-Star General, Dr. Clifford L. Stanley, former Assistant Secretary of Defense and representatives from the State Department.

Robinson graduated from San Diego State University in 1989 and was commissioned a second lieutenant. His tours of duty include assignments as an artillery officer in Okinawa, Japan; Seoul, Korea; Camp Pendleton, CA; and Camp Lejeune, NC. In 2001, he deployed to Mosul, Iraq while serving with the army during Operation Iraqi Freedom. From 2006-2008, Robinson served as the Commanding Officer, 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) where he deployed twice to Iraq for combat operations. After his Iraqi tours, he attended Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government as a National Security Fellow. Colonel Robinson is relocating to the Marine Corps Air ground Combat Training Center at Twenty-Nine Palms, CA as the G-3, Operation Officer.

Bailey currently serves as the Deputy Commandant, Plans, Policies, and Operations in Washington, DC. He was born in St Augustine, graduated from Austin Peay State University in 1977 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. His tours of duty include Recruit training at Parris Island, Marine Barracks, 8th & I, Washington, DC and most recently, Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division.

The Change of Command Ceremony is a long standing tradition in the Marine Corps when the unit colors (flag) is passed from the outgoing commander to the incoming. During the ceremony, Robinson was awarded the Legion of Merit and awards from the U.S. Department of State for his invaluable service during his command.