Sergeant Major Michael A. Collins was born and raised in Amite, LA. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in June of 1998 and underwent
recruit training at Kilo Company, 3d Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA. He was meritorious
promoted to Private First Class. Following recruit training, Sergeant Major Collins attended Marine Combat Training at Camp
Pendleton, CA. He completed initial training at Metal Worker School, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland in April of 1999.
Throughout his career, Sergeant Major Collins has been assigned to numerous units to include: 2d Tank Battalion, Marine Wing
Support Squadron 374, Recruiting Station Fort Lauderdale, Landing Support Company (Combat Logistics Regiment 27), Combat
Logistics Battalion 8, Combat Logistics Battalion 26 (26th Marine Expeditionary Unit), 2d Maintenance Battalion, Manpower Records
and Performance (HQMC), 12th Marine Regiment (3d Battalion and Regiment HQ Battery), 3d Intelligence Battalion, and Recruiting
Sergeant Major Collins has held many billets to include: Welding Shop NCOIC, Platoon Sergeant, Canvassing Recruiter, Recruiting
Sub-station SNCOIC, Platoon Sergeant, Company Gunnery Sergeant, Platoon OIC, Maintenance Chief, Current Operations Chief, and
Battalion Operations Chief.
Sergeant Major Collins has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II (2004), Operation Enduring Freedom (2009), Operation
Odyssey Dawn (2011, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit).
Sergeant Major Collins is currently assigned as the Senior Enlisted Leader at the Marine Corps Recruiters School.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps
Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with silver star in lieu of
sixth award and the Combat Action Ribbon.