Commanding Officer | Executive Officer | Command Master Chief
CDR David S. Collins
Commander David S. Collins was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended high school in Bethesda, Maryland. He was commissioned upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in May of 1999.
Commander Collins was designated a Naval Aviator in April, 2001. Upon completion of initial training in the H-46, he reported to the Dragon Whales of HC-8 in Norfolk, VA deploying on USS IWO JIMA in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Subsequent flying tours include duty as Operations Officer and MH-60S Instructor Pilot at HSC-3 in San Diego; and a tour at HSC-21 in San Diego flying the MH-60S, during which he served as Operations Officer, Maintenance Officer, and OIC of the 2515th Naval Air Ambulance Detachment in Kuwait.
Commander Collins’ other duties include service as Flag Aide to the Director, Air Warfare Division on the Chief of Naval Operations' Staff; a disassociated sea tour in the Air Department onboard USS IWO JIMA; and, most recently, as U.S. Strategic Command’s liaison to the Missile Defense Agency.
Commander Collins has a Bachelor’s Degree in Naval Architecture from the U. S. Naval Academy, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Regis University. His personal awards include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and several other unit and service awards.