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Command Master Chief Charles Collins

Senior Enlisted Advisor of the Defense Health Agency

Command Sgt. Maj. Robert C. LucianoCommand Master Chief Charles Collins is a native of Camden, NY. He graduated from Camden High School in 1982 and spent the next three years attending classes at Morrisville Ag & Tech and Mohawk Valley Community College before joining the Navy in November 1986.

He attended basic training at Recruit Training Command in San Diego, and had a direct follow on A-School assignment to Basic Hospital Corpsman School at Naval School of Health Sciences in San Diego. Graduating with honors and high distinction, he was sent to Naval School of Health Sciences, Portsmouth, VA to attend Pharmacy Technician C-School. Upon graduation Master Chief Collins was assigned to Naval Hospital Philadelphia, PA where he was advanced to HM2 in 1990.

In April 1992, Master Chief Collins was transferred to Branch Medical Clinic, La Maddalena, Italy. There he gained experience in the independent operation of a pharmacy, emergency medicine, laboratory, x-ray procedures and emergency medevacs. In 1994 Master Chief Collins applied for and was accepted to Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman School. Graduating as the Honor Graduate in 1996, Master Chief Collins was advanced to HM1 and realized his dream of finally getting to a ship by selecting orders to USS CONOLLY (DD-979) where he qualified Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. While assigned, he made two deployments, a homeport shift from Norfolk to Mayport and was a member of the decommissioning crew.

Selected and initiated to Chief Petty Officer in 1998, Master Chief Collins transferred to Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, where he was assigned as the Leading Chief Petty Officer for Camp Johnson Branch Clinic. During this tour, filled with an influenza epidemic, numerous hurricanes, a multi-million dollar clinic renovation project and several deployments, Master Chief Collins was selected for Senior Chief Petty Officer. Master Chief Collins selected orders to USS MONTEREY (CG-61) and reported in 2002 making two war time deployments in support of OIF and OEF. Upon his transfer, he was selected for and attended the Senior Enlisted Academy in 2005. Master Chief Collins reported to Naval Hospital Rota Spain in 2005 where he was assigned as Leading Chief Petty Officer for Surgical and Nursing Services. He was selected for Master Chief Petty Officer in 2006.

Master Chief Collins Command Master Chief tours include Naval Health Clinic Annapolis, USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) for deployment in support of Operation Enduring Response 2010, Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia, Naval Support Activity Naples, U.S. Sixth Fleet, and OPNAV. He currently serves as the Defense Health Agency Command Senior Enlisted Leader. Master Chief Collins attended the CMDCM/COB course in 2007.

Master Chief Collins decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three gold stars); Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three gold stars); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three gold stars); Good Conduct Medal (one silver star, two bronze stars); National Defense Service Medal (one bronze star); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Medal, NATO Medal (Former Yugoslavia) and other service and personal awards.

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