Lieutenant Colonel Robin J. Fonseca

Lt. Col. Robin J. Fonseca was commissioned a second lieutenant in December 2005 after graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in Spanish.
 
Following 'The Basic School' he was assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics (MALS) Squadron 14, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, in November 2006 as an aircraft maintenance officer. During this tour, Fonseca served as the Aviation Life Support Systems and Individual Material Readiness List officer.  In September 2008 he was transferred to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 231 where he served as the assistant aircraft maintenance officer and the maintenance/material control officer. During this time, he deployed with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 264(REIN) as part of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and with VMA-231 to Kandahar, Afghanistan.
 
In July 2010 he was transferred to MALS 13, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, where he served as ground support equipment officer, assistant aircraft maintenance officer, aircraft maintenance officer, AIRSpeed officer, and operations officer.
 
Having been selected for the Foreign Area Officer program in June 2013, Fonseca was transferred to Monterey, California, where he reported to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and the Defense Language Institute (DLI) earning a master’s degree in Security Studies and an associate degree in French.
 
Upon completion of NPS and DLI in July 2015, he reported for duty at the U.S. Embassy in Rabat, Morocco, where he completed his in-country training as a foreign area officer for Africa. In August 2016 Fonseca reported for duty in Sigonella, Italy, to be the executive officer of NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force’s Logistics Squadron. He reported to MALS 14, and served as the operations officer and executive officer in July 2018 and to U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa in Stuttgart, Germany in July 2020 where he served in Future Operations as a regional planner and Africa Operations section head.
 
Fonseca currently serves as commanding officer of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit Cherry Point, North Carolina. 
 
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars. 
 

Last Updated: 27 July 2022

 
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