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Master Chief John Collins

Senior Enlisted Leader, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4

15 July 2022
ISCM John Collins
Photo By: Dominique Lasco
VIRIN: 220101-N-KK330-1001
ISCM Collins enlisted in the Navy June 1999 and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.  After completing recruit training, he attended Intelligence Specialist “A” School at Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center, Dam Neck – Virginia Beach, Virginia.

ISCM Collins’ initial tour was U.S. Second Fleet, embarked on USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) located in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as an Indications and Warning watch stander, lead imagery analyst, and strike cell analyst.  During his tour he completed a BALTOPs and deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa on board the USS Mount Whitney; earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualification, completed Imagery Analyst “C” School and was selected as a subject matter expert (SME) to complete the beta Strike Warfare Intelligence Analyst course. 

His next tour was Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Group Three, San Diego, California, where he supported the planning and execution of SEAL Delivery Vehicle and Special Boat operations, deploying twice to the Horn of Africa and Southeast Asia on Afloat Staging Bases USS Shreveport (LPD-12) and HSV X1 Joint Venture.  While at NSW Group Three, he completed NSW Intelligence Course “C” School, and a third deployment to Iraq as an augmentee for NSW Development Group, where he served as the Human Intelligence Exploitation Officer.

Following Group Three, he supported the planning and execution of SEAL Team operations while assigned to NSW Group One, San Diego, California, where he deployed as the Targeting and Fusion Officer for operations in Iraq.  Upon completion of this deployment, he transferred early to Support Activity One (now Special Reconnaissance Team One) to be the Intelligence Training LCPO and assist in the establishment of Cross Functional Teams and their intelligence requirements. 

His first shore tour was Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, Virginia, where he supported Naval Research and Development under the Strategic Intelligence Liaison Office. 

ISCM Collins’ next assignment was as an Independent Duty Intelligence Specialist (IDIS) on board the USS New Orleans (LPD 18), San Diego, California.  His duties included: Ship’s Intelligence Officer, OT Division LCPO, Training Department LCPO, and advisor to the USS Boxer Amphibious Ready Group Intelligence Officer (N2).  During his tour he earned his Enlisted Information Warfare Specialist qualification and qualified as a Combat Information Center Watch Officer.  

His next assignment was Carrier Strike Group (CSG) Fifteen, San Diego, California as the West Coast and Pacific Fleet IDIS subject matter expert and mentor, CIVIC and SUPPLOT intelligence mentor, and Intelligence Department LCPO.  During this tour, he spearheaded the redesigning of CSG and Fleet scenarios in order to prepare the Fleet to train to the SECDEF-directed Great Power Competition (GPC) initiative.

Following CSG-15 ISCM Collins served as the Intelligence Directorate Senior Enlisted Advisor/Leader for NSW Group Two, Little Creek, Virginia.  During his time on board, he managed intelligence and cryptologic man, train and equip (MT&E) requirements for ten commands, while advising and supporting senior leadership on multiple SOF missions and campaigns in multiple countries across four COCOMs.

His current duty station is at CSG-4, as the Senior Enlisted Leader and afloat intelligence assessor.  Master Chief Collins’ decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards), and various campaign awards. 
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