Capt Daniel Collins, USMC

Marine Officer Instructor


Capt Collins enlisted in the Marine Corps on 27 October 2003 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California. He completed recruit training in January 2003, and attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton.  He was then ordered to Small Arms Repair Technician School in Aberdeen, Maryland. 

In May 2004, Private First Class Collins reported for duty to MAG-13 in Yuma, Arizona as an Armorer.  While being stationed in Yuma, he did one deployment with Marine Attack Squadron 513 to Iraq.

In January 2008, Sergeant Collins reported to 14th Marine Regiment in Fort Worth, Texas.  While serving with the 14th Marine Regiment, his billets included the Unit Armorer under the Headquarters Battery and the Regimental Physical Security Inspector under the I&I staff.  In 2008, he became a Martial Arts Instructor and in 2009, a Martial Arts Instructor Trainer.  In 2010, he was the 14th Marine Regiment Marine of Year.

In 2011, Staff Sergeant Collins applied was selected for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program.  He attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) in January of 2012, graduating in the top 10%, and upon completion of OCS reported to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.  In August 2015, he graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance, Cum Laude, and as a Distinguished Naval Graduate.

After completion of The Basic School, Alpha Company, he attended Aviation Supply Officers course in Newport, Rhode Island.  In November of 2016, 2ndLt Collins reported to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-29 and served as the Officer in Charge of the Supply Response Division, Squadron Support Division, Supply Accounting Division, and the Warehouse Management Division.

In May of 2019, 1stLt Collins transferred to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 to deploy as part of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit as the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron Detachment Officer in Charge.

In October of 2020, Captain Collins reported to School of Infantry-East Marine Combat Training Battalion to perform his duties as Executive Officer and Company Commander for Company K.

Personal military awards include Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

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