Captain Brad Collins was raised in Lake Forest, California, graduating from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science in 1992, and later received his Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 2006.
Following his commissioning in May 1992, he completed primary fixed wing training in Corpus Christi, Texas followed by advanced helicopter training in Milton, Florida. He finished his training at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 40 before proceeding to the world famous "Proud Warriors" of HSL-42.
His operational tours include duties as HSL-42 detachment tactical development and evaluation officer, operations officer, and maintenance officer. During this period, he completed two deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf and one to the Caribbean in support of Counter-Drug operations.
From March 2003 to July 2005, he deployed to the Mediterranean and Horn of Africa as HSL-48 Detachment 10’s officer-in-charge and finished his tour as the squadron’s maintenance officer. He returned to Naval Air Station Jacksonville and HSL-42 as their executive officer in June 2009.
In August 2010, he assumed command of HSL-42. After earning two consecutive Battle ‘E’ awards, he finished his highly successful command tour in November of 2011.
His shore duty assignments include a tour as a rating assignment officer at Navy Personnel Command, admiral's aide to the commander of Navy Region Southeast, B-52 nuclear bomber/cruise missile planner at U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), and division chief for war-games and exercises for the Missile Defense Agency in Schriever, Colorado.
Most recently, he completed a command tour as the commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Crete, Greece. He assumed his current position as chief of staff for Commander, Navy Installations Command, in July, 2019.
He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal as well as other personal and unit awards.