Meet our CO!
Major Richard A. Robinson
Major Robinson joined the cadet movement in January of 1988 with 2347 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s), Royal Canadian (Army) Cadets. He served with them until his 19th birthday and attained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer and position of Regimental Sergeant – Major. During his time as a cadet he attended a summer training course on Wilderness Leadership, and was employed for two summers as a staff cadet at Army Cadet Training Centre Ipperwash.
After retiring from cadets, he went to work with 150 Hamilton “Tiger” Squadron, RC(Air)C for 2 years as a Civilian Instructor focussing on the band, and special projects. Following this he returned to 2347, still as a CI and worked on various roles within the training cell. Major Robinson was enrolled into the Canadian Forces as a Naval Cadet on staff with HMCS Ontario, while still working with 2347 in Hamilton where he was soon appointed the Training Officer.
Shortly after being commissioned then Acting Sub-Lieutenant (A/SLt) Robinson re-badged to the Army branch of the CIC; and because he was living in Welland while in school, transferred to 68 Lincoln and Welland Regiment, where he was promoted to Lieutenant and served as Administration Officer and Officer Commanding “C” Company. Lt Robinson was only with 68 L&W for a year before being asked by the Western Ontario Detachment to return to 2347 in order to assume command.
Captain Robinson commanded 2347 Argylls from May of 2002 until June of 2005. During his tenure it was his honour to be present with his cadets when HM Queen Elizabeth II came to Hamilton during her Golden Jubilee year to present new colours to the Regiment. After finishing his term as Comanding Officer, Capt. Robinson assumed the role of Training Officer with 308 TRIUMPH, Royal Canadian (Sea) Cadets. After one-year Capt Robinson moved to the detachment “holding platoon” for approx. 18 months while he figured out his latest role of “husband”.
When he decided to return to active duty with a cadet unit, the area detachment recommended he visit a newly formed air cadet squadron in Grimsby. And so Capt Robinson joined the staff of 62 Phantom Squadron, Royal Canadian (Air) Cadets in January of 2008. Capt Robinson served briefly as a Training Assistant and Level Officer before being asked in September of 2009 to start a squadron band. Since then the squadron band, and eventually bands (once a pipe and drum band were added) had been Capt Robinsons primary focus within 62 Squadron. Captain Robinson assumed command of 62 Phantom Squadron, Royal Canadian (Air) Cadets in September of 2019 and was then promoted to his current rank of Major.
In addition to being a unit officer with Sea, Army, and Air cadet units, Major Robinson has held leadership and training roles at the following CTCs: Ipperwash, Blackdown, Trenton, HMCS Ontario, Canadore, and vCTC Charlie.
Major Robinson was awarded his Canadian Forces Decoration in 2011, and clasp in 2021.
Major Robinson graduated from Mohawk College with a diploma in Practical Nursing in 1996 and after nursing for several years went back to school to the Niagara Collage Paramedic Studies program where he graduated in 2003. Since graduation Major Robinson has been working as a front-line paramedic for and in the City of Hamilton.
Major Robinson lives in St Catharines with the love of his life Jaci (married in 2005), and his two beautiful and awesome children McLean (born 2010) and Molly (born 2012).