Thomas H. Collins
June 25, 1946 |
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Coast Guard|
|Years of service||1968 - 2006|
|Commands held||Commandant of the Coast Guard
Pacific Area and Eleventh Coast Guard District
USCGC Cape Morgan (WPB-95313)
|Battles/wars||September 11 attacks|
A native of Stoughton, Massachusetts, Collins graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1968 and later served as a faculty member within the Humanities Department. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Haven.
Collins began his Coast Guard career as a deck watch officer and first lieutenant aboard the cutter Vigilant. Following that assignment, he served a two-year tour as Commanding Officer of the cutter Cape Morgan, a patrol boat homeported in Charleston, South Carolina. His shore operational assignments include Deputy Commander, Group St. Petersburg, Florida, and Commander of Coast Guard Group and Captain of the Port, Long Island Sound, in New Haven, Connecticut.
Senior and flag officer assignments
Prior to his promotion to Flag Officer in 1994, he served as Chief, Programs Division at Coast Guard Headquarters, and then the Coast Guard’s Deputy Chief of Staff.
From 1998 to 2000 he served as Commander, Pacific Area and Eleventh Coast Guard District, where he developed the successful Coast Guard response to the increase in illegal drug and migrant smuggling traffic in the Eastern Pacific. His other flag assignments include serving as Commander, Fourteenth Coast Guard District in Honolulu, Hawaii and Chief, Office of Acquisition at Coast Guard Headquarters where he managed the acquisition of twelve major systems worth nearly $3 billion and laid the foundation for the ill-fated Integrated Deepwater System project, which was intended to modernize the ships, aircraft and sensors that the Coast Guard uses to perform its many open ocean missions.
Prior to becoming Commandant, he served as the Coast Guard's Vice Commandant, the number two post, from 2000 to 2002 where he created the Innovation Council, spearheaded service-wide process improvement initiatives and directed system enhancements as the Coast Guard Acquisition Executive.
Collins serves as a director on the boards of GeoEye Analytics, Inc. (formerly SPADAC), EID Passport Inc, USIS Inc and Terma North America, and as a director with the Coast Guard Foundation. He consults in areas of national security and maritime security, safety, and environmental protection.
Insignia and personal decorations
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