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Robbins promoted to colonel in Army Reserve

Posted: October 29, 2018 4:47 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Colonel Robbins’ sons, Brandon (left) and Bryce pin his shoulder boards onto his uniform as part of his promotion ceremony.

Most local residents know that Dr. Shane Robbins is the new superintendent of the Kershaw County School District (KCSD), but they may not realize that he also has a new title: Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Robbins received his promotion soon after starting his position in the Kershaw County School District in early July but had his official promotion ceremony on Oct. 20.

“It is a privilege to be able to share this milestone in my military career with my new community,” Robbins said. “It was an honor having someone with such a distinguished service record as Major General Julian Burns to read my promotion order in front of my family and friends. It will be something I won’t soon forget.”

Col. Robbins is currently serving as the Administrative chief for the National Disaster Medical System as part of the Federal Coordinating Center (FCC) housed at Fort Jackson’s Moncrief Army Health Clinic. In this position, he oversees the coordination of local plans, exercises and other functional activities to ensure FCC operational readiness. He also helps to recruit and maintain relationships with local health providers, medical responders and governmental agencies.

Retired Major General Julian Burns participated in the ceremony as did Indiana State House of Representative Kevin Mahan. Robbins’ family was an important part of the program including wife, Heather, who received flowers; and sons Bryce and Brandon, who pinned the shoulder boards on their father’s uniform signifying his rank of colonel.

Robbins first enlisted in the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Stanley, Korea as a combat medical specialist before transitioning to the Indiana Army National Guard where he was assigned to C-Troop 1/238th Air Cavalry. Upon receiving his commission in June of 2000, he was assigned to 2/152 (M) Infantry, Marion, Indiana, as a medical platoon leader.
Robbins’ military assignments have included company, battalion and brigade level command and staff positions. In 2010, Colonel Robbins served as the chief of operations on the 3-19th Agribusiness Development Team assigned to the 3BCT 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as he was deployed to Khost Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

During his service, Robbins has received many medals including Bronze Star, Meritorious Service, Army Commendation, Army Achievement (four), Army Reserve Component Achievement (four), National Defense Service (two), Armed Forces Reserve (two), NATO, Armed Forces Reserve Component (six) and Afghanistan Campaign. He also was awarded an Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, a Global War on Terrorism Service and a Combat Action Badge.


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