Degrees and Certifications:
GySgt Dave Collins
Naval Science Instructor
GySgt David Collins, USMC (Ret)
Gunnery Sergeant Collins was born in Chittenango, New York. He attended Chittenango High School and upon graduation in 1997, enlisted in the Marine Corps. He attended recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina, and was meritoriously promoted to private first class upon completion of recruit training. He was then transferred to Camp Lejeune, NC where he attended the basic administration school and was awarded the MOS of 0151.
Private First Class Collins then received orders to 1st Battalion, 8th Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and was assigned to Headquarters Company. During this tour of duty he was attached to Bravo Company and participated in Urban Warfare Training, Mountain Warfare Training, and Jungle Warfare Training. While assigned at this duty he deployed to Okinawa, Japan. He was meritoriously promoted to Corporal in December of 1999
In December of 1999, he was selected to work on the Base Commanding Generals Staff at Camp Lejeune, NC as a protocol chief. Here worked with Marine Corps Generals, VIPS, Foreign Dignitaries, and members of Congress.
In July of 2000, Corporal Collins received orders to the Syracuse, New York, Military Entrance Processing Station. He served as the Testing NCO, Operations NCO, and eventually the Operations Chief. He was promoted to Sergeant in July of 2001.
In July of 2003, he requested and received orders to Interim Marine Corps Security Forces, Bahrain to serve as the Administration Chief and Headquarters Platoon Sergeant. While assigned here he was selected as the NCO of the Year for 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade.
In July of 2004, Sergeant Collins received orders to Marine Forces Pacific, Camp Smith, Hawaii. Here he served as the Security Chief for all of the Marine Corps bases in the Pacific. After his first year he was selected to work in the Command Operations Center as a Watch Chief controlling highly sensitive and classified information while preparing intelligence briefs for the Commander, Marine Forces Pacific. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant in January of 2005.
In July of 2006, Staff Sergeant Collins requested and received orders to recruiters school in San Diego, California. Upon graduation he was transferred back to Syracuse, New York to perform duties as a recruiter. While on this duty he was selected to be the Station Commander at Recruiting Sub-Station Oswego, New York and Recruiting Sub-Station Syracuse, New York.
In September of 2009, Staff Sergeant Collins was transferred to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia to serve at the Installation Personnel Administration Center. He served as the Administration Chief for both Officer Candidate School and The Basic School.
In July 2012, Staff Sergeant Collins was transferred to Inspector-Instructor Staff Glenville, New York to serve as the Administration Chief for Fox Co, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines. He was selected for Gunnery Sergeant in July of 2013.
In July of 2013, Gunnery Sergeant Collins was transferred to Recruiting Station Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to serve as the Administration Chief. He also served as the Equal Opportunity Officer, Substance Abuse Control Officer, Uniformed Victim Advocate, and Family Readiness Officer.
In August 2015, Gunnery Sergeant Collins accepted the Temporary Early Retirement Authorization and retired early to serve as a Naval Science Instructor at Public Service Leadership Academy, Syracuse, New York and currently at Alexander Central High School.
Gunnery Sergeant Collins’ personal decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with three gold stars in lieu of third award, and the Good Conduct Medal and Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.