Steven A. Collins, AMCOM Combined Logistics Command

Mr. Collins is the Deputy to the Commander for the AMCOM Combined Logistics Command (ACLC) at Fort Novosel, Alabama. He serves as principal assistant and advisor to the commander for the management of logistics, aviation maintenance, and contract management supporting helicopter and UAV flight training and operations for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fleet Maintenance Expanded mission supporting Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He is responsible for environmental, finance, manpower management, training, logistics, facilities management and repairs, supply and transportation. He performs personnel management duties for over 300 civilian and military personnel who provide contract support and oversight for an annual budget of $500M for aviation maintenance contracts employing over 3,800 contract personnel, who maintain approximately 600 helicopters and UAVs at six airfields across Alabama, Georgia and Arizona supporting an annual flying hour program in excess of 250,000 hours.

Mr. Collins was born in Sidney, Ohio and raised in Lincolnton, North Carolina, graduating from East Lincoln High School, Home of the Mustangs. He entered the U.S. Army in September of 1988 where he completed Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri as a Construction Equipment Repairman. He transitioned to the Warrant Officer Corps after graduating the Warrant Officer Candidate Course in May 2000. He retired honorably from the U.S. Army as a Chief Warrant Officer Three (CW3), 915E, Senior Automotive Officer as the Brigade Support Operations Officer (SPO), 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Liberty, NC, in October of 2008. He entered Civil Service in August 2008 as a Lead Logistics Management Specialist, assigned as the Chief, Logistics Branch, within the U.S. Army Developmental Command (DEVCOM), formerly the Test and Research, Development Engineering Center (TARDEC), Detroit Arsenal, Michigan.

Steve earned an Associate Degree in General Studies from Fayetteville Technical Community College and an Associate in Applied Science from Central Texas College, Killeen, Texas. His military education includes the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Warrant Officer Candidate Course, Warrant Officer Basic Course and the Warrant Officer Advanced Course. He is an Acquisition Corps Member, Life Cycle Logistics Advanced Certified, Civilian Education School-Intermediate certified and maintains a Commercial Driver License. Steve has successfully completed 23 fixed wing flying hours in pursuit of his Visual Flight Recognition private pilot license.

Throughout his 36 years of combined U.S. Army Active-duty military and Civil Service careers, Mr. Collins has served in a variety of positions that included: Squad Leader, Shop Foreman, Direct Support Technical Inspector, Motor Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Maintenance Officer, Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Lead Logistics Management Specialist, Weapon System Manager, Staff Action Officer, Rapid Fielding Initiative Supervisor and the 406th Army Field Support Brigade SPO. Additional assignments and/or duties included: Airborne Operations NCOIC, Jumpmaster, Battalion Environmental NCOIC/OIC, Unit and Battalion Safety NCOIC/OIC, AOAP Monitor, Quality Assurance/Check NCOIC/OIC, Railhead Operations NCOIC/OIC, Equal Opportunity Representative, I.G. Inspection Team OIC, Supply, Weapons, NBC and Communications OIC, Quality Assurance Representative, and Contracting Officer Representative.

His assignments and tours of duty included: 27th and 37th Engineer Battalions (Combat) (Airborne) and 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Liberty, North Carolina; Headquarters and Headquarters Company Southern European Task Force Lion Brigade and the Forward Support Battalion, Vicenza, Italy; 664th Ordnance Ammunition Company, 13th Corps Support Group, Fort Cavasos, Texas; Army Field Support Battalion – Charleston (Army Prepositioned Stock), Goose Creek, South Carolina; DEVCOM, Weapons-Program Support Integration Directorate, Materiel Fielding & Training, a broadening assignment with the Organic Industrial Base (OIB) Modernization Task Force, TACOM, Life Cycle Management Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan; and the 406th Army Field Support Brigade, Fort Liberty, NC, under the U.S. Army Sustainment Command, Army Materiel Command.

His deployments and real world contingencies include: Ahaus Tara ’90, Choluteca Honduras, 1989-1990; Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia/Iraq/Kuwait, 1990-1991; Operation Cutting Edge, Fort Liberty, North Carolina, 1991; Joint Task Force Andrew, Hurricane Andrew Relief Effort, Homestead, Florida, 1992; Jungle Operations Training Center, Fort Sherman, Panama, 1993; Operation Uphold Democracy, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1994; National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, seven (7) rotations; Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, two (2) rotations; Construction of two (2) Field Landing Strips, Fort Bliss, Texas, 1995; Combat Maneuver Training Center (CMTC), Grafenwoehr, Germany and “The Box,” Hohenfels, Germany, three (3) rotations 1996 – 1998; Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, Kuwait and Iraq (OIF-I), 2003; Operations Enduring Freedom in Support of the Global War on Terrorism, 4-401st AFSB, Kandahar, Afghanistan, 2013.

His decorations and awards include the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service (2 Awards), NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, Centurion Jumpmaster Wings (176 Jumps), Air Assault Badge, Honduran Parachutist Badge, Driver & Mechanic Badges, Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge (Expert), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award, Meritorious Service Medal (1 OLC), the U.S. Army Commendation Medal (Silver OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Good Conduct Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Service Ribbon (Bronze Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Ribbon, South West Asia Ribbon (2 Bronze Stars), Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (2 Device), Army Service Ribbon, Over-seas Service Medal, SWA Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (KU).