Career assignments: Brigadier General Collins was commissioned 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.
Prior to retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2012, Brigadier General Collins served at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps and the Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Review Activity in Washington, D.C.
Education: University of Mississippi; J.D., University of Memphis; and Master of Laws in International Law, Tulane University.