Col. Robin Akin — currently serving as the commander of Joint Logistics Command in Haiti — is the first former University of Tennessee female cadet to be selected for the rank of brigadier general.
“There are only 22 female general officers in the entire Army, and Col. Akin’s selection is a significant achievement for her, UT, and our ROTC program,” said Lt. Col. Dave Leach, professor of military science and leadership.
As commander of the Joint Logistics Command Haiti, Akin is in charge of more than 1,875 soldiers, sailors, Marines, and civilians whose mission is to ensure U.S. forces in Haiti have food, water, spare parts, and medical support. The command is working to keep cargo moving through Haiti’s port and has helped the World Food Program distribute rice to 2 million Haitians in the wake of the earthquake. For more about the Joint Logistics Command in Haiti and its work, see www.army.mil/3rdesc.
A 1982 UT graduate, Akin has a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University and a master of strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Her military schooling includes the Quartermaster Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne School, Parachute Rigger Course, Jumpmaster Course, Logistics Executive Development Course, Support Operations Course, Command and General Staff College and Armed Forces Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. She has received the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Southwest Asia Battle Streamer. She holds the Master Parachutist Badge, Parachute Rigger Badge, and Romanian and Germany Airborne Wings.
Assignments have taken her to Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Lee, Va.; Camp Smith, Hawaii; Fort Knox, Ky.; Korea; Germany; Southwest Asia; and Iraq.
Read more about Akin, and other UT alumni serving in the U.S. military, in the upcoming issue of Torchbearer, in mailboxes next month!