Robyn B.Celestino


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Robyn Celestino is the former Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA) for Air Force Special Programs (SAF/AQCS) and has extensive experience in government contracting and procurement matters.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Robyn served as the Director of Contracts (Acting) for the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (AFRCO), Director of Contract Policy, and as a Contracting Officer (CO) with an unlimited warrant for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). Robyn specialized in Major Weapon Systems with a career portfolio in excess of $50 billion, including programs such as the F/A-18, EA-18G, and F-35 fighter jets; B-21 bomber; and X-37 space plane. Robyn is the recipient of numerous Air Force and Department of Defense (DoD) awards for excellence. She holds an active Top Secret clearance and an active counterintelligence polygraph and is SCI (sensitive compartmented information) eligible.

Since joining Jones Day, Robyn has assisted clients on government contract matters, including the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), False Claims Act (FCA) litigation, commercial item determinations, other transaction agreements (OTAs), intellectual property rights, commercial software licenses, small business certifications, bid protest litigation, subcontract management reorganization, and Facility Clearance issues.


  • Parker divests its Aircraft Wheel and Brake divisionJones Day is advising Parker-Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH, “Parker”), the global leader in motion and control technologies, in its proposed divestiture of its Aircraft Wheel and Brake Division, located in Avon, Ohio, to Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN) for $440 million.
  • Avient to acquire DSM Protective Materials businessJones Day is advising Avient Corporation (NYSE: AVNT), a leading provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions, in its $1.485 billion purchase of Koninklijke DSM N.V.’s protective materials business, a leading specialty engineered materials business built around the invention of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber.
  • VSE Corporation acquires HAECO Special ServicesJones Day advised VSE Corporation, a leading provider of aftermarket distribution and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for land, sea and air transportation assets for government and commercial markets, in its acquisition of HAECO Special Services, LLC from HAECO Airframe Services, LLC, a division of HAECO Americas, in an all cash transaction.
  • Park Place acquires Custom Hardware Engineering & Consulting, Inc.Jones Day advised Park Place Technologies, LLC in its acquisition of Custom Hardware Engineering & Consulting, Inc., a provider of mission critical data center infrastructure services and specializing in post warranty hardware maintenance.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • April 3, 2019
      Air Force Contracting World Wide Training Summit (AFCWWTS), Executive Steering Group Panel