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CMDCM David A. Collins



 

Master Chief David A. Collins of Seaford, Delaware enlisted in the United States Navy in September 1992.  Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Florida, he reported to Naval Training Center, Orlando, Florida where he completed Apprenticeship training. 
 
Upon graduation, he reported for duty as an undesignated Airman recruit with Attack Squadron 85, Black Falcons, assigned at Naval Air Station Oceana.  Detaching from active duty in May 1994, he later joined the Active Reserves in May of 1998 attached to Combat Camera stationed at Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.  In December 2000, he rejoined active service as a Photographer’s Mate stationed aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65).  His fleet assignments include Office of Naval Intelligence, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Detachment Combat Camera, USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), and Expeditionary Combat Camera where he served as Senior Enlisted Advisor.  His Command Master Chief’s tours include USS GLADIATOR (MCM 11) and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron FIVE (HSC 5).
 
Master Chief Collins continues to serve his country honorably with the world’s best Strike Fighter Squadron, the VFA 87 “GOLDEN WARRIORS”.  Master Chief Collins reported aboard Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHT SEVEN in November 2020, where he currently serves as the Command Master Chief.
 
He is a graduate of the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 162 Gold) and Command Master Chief course (Class 157).  He has earned a Liberal Arts Associate’s degree from Excelsior College.
  
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (6 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards), and various unit and campaign awards.

 

 
 
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