Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay
Sergeant Major Juarice A. Collins
United States Marine Corps
Sergeant Major Collins is a native of Macon, Georgia; enlisted in the Marine Corps in June, and graduated from recruit training in September 1997. Following recruit training at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina; Private Collins attended and graduated Marine Combat Training, School of Infantry, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
After completing Marine Combat Training, PFC Collins attended Military Occupational Specialty school at Naval Air Station Meridian Mississippi and upon completion received the MOS Maintenance Administration Specialist (6046). He graduated from MOS school in December of 1997 and received orders to Marine Aircraft Group 12, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12 aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan.
While attached to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12, LCpl Collins held the billets of Administrative Clerk for the Avionics division for four months and Administrative Clerk for the Airframes division for the rest of his tour. In January of 1998 he received orders to Marine Aircraft Group 46 Detachment Alpha, Heavy Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 769.
In January of 1998 Corporal Collins was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 46 Detachment Alpha, Heavy Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 769 aboard MCAS El Toro, California. During his tour with Heavy Marine Helicopter 769 Corporal Collins held the billets of Aircraft Logbook Clerk, Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, Analyst and Division Chief.
In July of 2005 Sergeant Collins received orders to 3D Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16 and was assigned to Heavy Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466. During his time at Heavy Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 Sergeant Collins deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom 2-2, 4-6 and 6.8.1, and held the billets of Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, Analyst and Division Chief.
In July of 2008, Staff Sergeant Collins attended Drill Instructor School, MCRD San Diego, California and was assigned to 2D Recruit Training Battalion for duty with Company H. He completed ten cycles as a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor, and Chief Drill Instructor.
Upon completion of Drill Instructor duty, he transferred to Heavy Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465 in January 2012. Gunnery Sergeant Collins held the billets of Squadron GySgt and MAG-16 Headquarters Squadron First Sergeant.
In March of 2014, First Sergeant Collins was transferred to 2d Battalion, 2d Marines for duty. First Sergeant Collins was assigned to Company F and deployed to Spain for Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force 14.2. Upon completion transferred to 2d Marine Regiment HQ Company. In May of 2017 First Sergeant Collins transferred to Combat Logistics Battalion 3, Support Company.
In January of 2018, Sergeant Major Collins was subsequently promoted to his current rank and is currently assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, HI.
Sergeant Major Collins’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal three Gold Stars.