Collins Awarded Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Retires From Army Reserves After 28 Years
Col. David Collins
Army Reserve Col. David Collins of Teague was awarded ?The Army Commendation Medal Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster? on June 21, 2013 in an official ceremony at Dental Headquarters, Ft Hood, Texas.
This was his fifth ?Army Commendation Award?. The award is only given for heroism and/or meritorious service to the country. He was called up for active duty from the reserves February 2010 and served at Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin; Camp Shelby, Mississippi; and Ft. Hood, Texas and received ?The Army Commendation Medal? at each post. As the Officer in Charge of Dental Readiness he insured the care of over 35,000 troops each year for deploying and returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. COL. Collins found his services enriching to help the young soldiers defending our country. During this period of time he qualified for the Post 911 GI Bill. He transferred all of his education benefits down to his children, Andrew and Caitlyn Collins, to pay for their college expenses. The military provided additional financial income, education benefits and retirement for him and his family in his call to duty. COL. Collins retires after 28 years of military service in the army reserves. The staff at the Dental Soldier Readiness Center at Ft. Hood provided a going away, retirement party on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Upon his retirement from the army in July, he will return to his former Dental Director?s position in Palestine, Texas for the University of Texas Medical Branch/ Correctional Managed Care.
Dr. Collins is a 1971 graduate of Teague High School. He is the father of Andrew and Caitlyn Collins and the son of the late E.V and Nita Beth Collins all of Teague.