Brigadier General Collins is a native of Kirkland, Ohio and currently resides in Pepper Pike, Ohio. General Collins was commissioned in 1981 through the Platoon Leaders Class, the officers commissioning program of the U.S. Marine Corps, and attended the Lawyer’s Course at Naval Justice School, Newport, after attending The Basic School at Quantico and before reporting to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for various assignments as an attorney with titles of Defense Counsel, Legal Assistance Officer, and Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney. Brigadier General Collins later served the 4th Marine Division as a Military Justice Officer; the 3D Force Service Support Group in Okinawa as Senior Defense Counsel; and as the Assistant Staff Judge Advocate and Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, respectively, for the headquarters staffs of U.S. Central Command and the U.S. Marine Forces Atlantic. He was both the Station Judge Advocate and the Executive Officer of the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, and the Staff Judge Advocate for both the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and the III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan.
After serving six years in Japan, General Collins received orders to serve at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps for duties as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Prior to retiring in 2011, he was the Assistant Judge Advocate General of the Navy for Military Justice and was assigned to the Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Review Activity in Washington, D.C. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he was the Executive Vice President for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, a Board Member for the Navy Mutual Aid Association, and he is currently serving as a Honorary Director for the USS Cleveland Legacy Foundation.
Personal Decorations: Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Education: Culver Military Academy; BBA University of Mississippi; J.D., University of Memphis; and Master of Laws in International Law, Tulane University.