Collins, Robert D., AMCS

Aviation Structural Mechanic
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
AM-8345-F-14 Systems Organizational Career Maintenance Technician
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Structural Mechanic
Primary Unit
1984-1985, AM-8345, USS Ranger (CVA-61)
Previously Held NEC
AM-8344-F/A-8 Organizational Maintenance Technician
AME-8319-P-3 System Organizational Maintenance Technician
AME-0000-Aviation Structrual Mechanic Safety Equipment
8345-F-14A Organizational Maintenance
8345-F-14A Organizational Maintenance
AM-8345-F-14 System Aircraft Organizational Maintenance Technician
Service Years
1964 - 1985
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Shellback
AM-Aviation Structural Mechanic
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

Master Training Specialist US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Navy Chief Initiated Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

 Military Association Memberships
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)National Rifle Association (NRA)
  1970, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2012, National Rifle Association (NRA) [Verified]

 Countries Deployed To or Visited

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Distinguished Pistol Shot BadgeFleet Pistol Shot Excellence in Competition Badge (Gold)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1964, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA), 591
 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
School Assignments - StaffNAS Atsugi VF-194 Red Lightning - Yellow DevilsVF-51 Screaming Eagles
VP-22 Blue GooseNAS MiramarVF-211 CheckmatesUS Navy Shooting Team (USNST)
VF-2 Bounty HuntersAdvancement Schools and CoursesNaval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)USS Ranger (CVA-61)
  1965-1965, AME-0000, Aviation Metalsmith A School
  1965-1967, AME-0000, NAS Atsugi
  1967-1967, AME-0000, VF-194 Red Lightning - Yellow Devils
  1967-1968, AM-8344, VF-51 Screaming Eagles
  1968-1969, AME-8319, VP-22 Blue Goose
  1969-1973, AME-0000, NAS Miramar
  1973-1975, AME-0000, CNO - OPNAV
  1975-1976, AME-0000, VF-211 Checkmates
  1975-1984, AM-9502, US Navy Shooting Team (USNST)
  1976-1979, AME-0000, VF-2 Bounty Hunters
  1978-1978, 8345, DAPA Drug and Alcohol Prevention Administrator Course
  1979-1979, 8345, Instructors Training School
  1979-1984, AME-9502, Miramar (Faculty Staff)
  1984-1985, AM-8345, USS Ranger (CVA-61)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (68)
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Navy.
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which made a lasting impact on you and, if life-changing, in what way?
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which was your least favorite?
From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
What professional achievements are you most proud of from your military career?
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or other memorabilia, which one is the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
List the names of old friends you served with, at which locations, and recount what you remember most about them. Indicate those you are already in touch with and those you would like to make contact with.
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Navy?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
Grossmont College, San DiegoSouthern Illinois University at CarbondaleNational University
  1973-1975, Grossmont College, San Diego
  1980-1981, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  1982-1983, National University
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