Major General Garry Robison

Major General Garry Robison

Major General Garry Robison CB - Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University (HonDUniv)

Major General Robison has enjoyed an outstanding military career since being commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1976. He has commanded Royal Marines on operations and deployments all around the world and was appointed Commandant General and professional head of the Royal Marines in 2006. He is now the most senior serving Royal Marines Officer and was appointed as a Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List. His citation for this award drew attention to his outstanding levels of commitment, dedication and professionalism during his long and distinguished service career.

Early years

Garry Robison was born in Yorkshire but moved, with his family, to Derby in 1965 aged eight. His mother and youngest brother still live in Derby and he returns regularly to visit them. He attended Allestree Lawn Junior School and Bemrose Grammar School before joining the Royal Marines as a young officer in September 1976. His early service included operational tours in Northern Ireland and environmental deployments in Norway, Western Europe and the Mediterranean. He qualified as a Royal Marines Physical Training and Sports Officer in 1981 and then served as the PT Officer at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. His staff appointments have included exchange posts with the Army and service within the Ministry of Defence in London.

Military career

In 1998 Garry read for the Degree of Master of Philosophy in International Relations at the University of Cambridge before taking command of 45 Commando Group based in Arbroath in 1999. During his time in command, the Unit undertook a six month operational tour as the Pristina Battlegroup in Kosovo as part of the wider NATO mission in the Balkans. In 2003 he deployed to Iraq as the Deputy Commander and Senior British Officer in the Iraq Survey Group, contributing to the analysis and production of the detailed, independent and comprehensive report to the UN, US Senate and Congress, and the UK Government on the extent of Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programmes. In 2004 he was appointed as the Commandant of the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre in Devon, responsible for all Royal Marines Officer, Non-Commissioned Officer and Recruit training and oversaw an increase in Recruit training output by some 16%.

Having been appointed Commandant General and head of the Royal Marines in 2006, he deployed to Afghanistan for a year long operational tour in 2007 as the Senior British Military Officer, ensuring the coherence of military operations with reconstruction and development programmes by the UN and major aid agencies. He is currently working at the Navy Command Headquarters in Portsmouth, responsible for the comprehensive Force Generation and preparation of over 50 Royal Navy warships, eight nuclear submarines and 5,000 Royal Marines personnel for deployment on operations worldwide.

Sporting pastimes

Garry Robison married Bridget in 1982 and they have lived throughout the UK, moving some 14 times in 28 years to keep up with the job. He has represented the Royal Navy and Royal Marines at cricket, has recently handed over as Chairman of Combined Services Cricket, President of Royal Navy and Royal Marines Cricket, President of Royal Marines Football and Vice-President of Royal Navy Football. He is a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers. And throughout all of this, he has remained a loyal supporter of Derby County Football Club since first being taken to the Baseball Ground as a young boy by his father.

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