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First Name: Augustine

Last Name: Robins

Birthplace: Gloucester Courthouse, VA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: U.S. Army Air Corps (1926 - 1942)

Middle Name: Warner

Date of Birth: 29 September 1882

Date of Death: 16 June 1940

Rank: Brigadier General

Years Served:
Augustine Warner Robins

Graduate, U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1907

•  Mexican Expedition (1916 - 1917)


Augustine Warner Robins
Brigadier General, U.S. Army Air Corps

Augustine Warner Robins was born on 29 September 1882 in Gloucester Courthouse, VA, to Colonel William Todd Robins, Commander of the 24th Virginia Cavalry in the American Civil War, and Sally Berkeley Nelson Robins. He was named after his grandfather, Augustine Warner (A.W.) Robins.

Robins attended the U.S. Military Academy from 1903-07 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1907 and served ten years in the Cavalry. Robins served under General John Pershing's Punitive 1916 Expedition into Mexico against Pancho Villa. In 1919, he was sent to the Supply Division of the fledgling U.S. Army Air Service at Wright Field, OH, where he spent the next twenty years playing his pivotal role in the development of air-based combat logistics.

In 1935, he was promoted to Brigadier General, one of four in the Army Air Corps at that time, and was given command of the Materiel Division at Wright Field. For the next four years, he pushed for increased funding for research and development, as well as key technologies such as the B-17 bomber, the Norden bombsight, and the high-octane gasoline that would later power the carriers of World War II across the Atlantic and Pacific.

In 1939, he was reassigned to Command the Air Training division in Texas; however, he died from a heart attack in June of the next year. Over a year after his death, the Army Air Corps began to make use of Robins' contributions during its actions in World War II.


The Warner Robins Army Air Depot (now the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center or WR-ALC) at Robins Field, later to become Robins Air Force Base, GA, was named in honor of General Robins, and is also a major depot for Air Force logistics in its own right. The town of Warner Robins in Georgia was also named for him.

Death and Burial

Brigadier General Augustine Warner Robins died on 16 June 1940. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Honoree ID: 3012   Created by: MHOH




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