Mr. Michael A. 'Casey' Collins is the Deputy to the Commander for Joint Task Force Civil Support, United States Northern Command. As such he helps lead the nation’s only standing CBRN joint task force which is comprised of active and reserve component service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. The headquarters, located at Fort Eustis in Newport News, Va., also includes Department of the Air Force civilians and contract personnel. Mr. Collins joined the task force in 2006 and has directly shaped how the DoD’s CBRN Response Enterprise would respond to a catastrophic event as part of the National Response Framework and in strict adherence with the Constitution and public law. If called upon by civil authorities in America during a time of great need, Mr. Collins would help lead some 5,200 personnel as part of a collaborative response capability to save lives and enable community recovery.
A career uniformed naval aviator and commander in various assignments, he has more than 3,200 flight hours in the EA-6B Prowler and 930 carrier arrested landings. Mr. Collins is a recipient of the Tailhook Association Award for the Top Naval Flight Officer in the Pacific Fleet and was awarded the VAQ-129 Dave Dillon Award for Inspirational Leadership. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he served in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as one of four U.S. Navy targeteers in the Central Command Joint Force Air Component Command Strike Cell. Mr. Collins commanded Naval Support Activity, Norfolk, Va., and Regional Support Services for the Mid-Atlantic Region from July 2004 to August 2006 prior to joining JTF-CS.