Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Collins is the commander of the 425th Air Base Squadron at Izmir Air Station, Turkey. In this capacity, Lt. Col. Collins serves as the administrative agent responsible for support to all military units operating in Izmir, Turkey including NATO Allied Land Command Headquarters. He directs support operations in airlift, chapel, civil engineering, communications, finance, force protection, housing, law enforcement, legal, logistics plans and readiness, morale and welfare, personnel services, supply, and vehicle operations and maintenance.

Lt. Col. Collins is also responsible for administration of the annual one-million-dollar Çiğli Air Base Loan agreement between the United States and Turkey.

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Lt. Col. Collins received his commission through Officer Training School as a Distinguished Graduate in 2000.


He earned his navigator wings from Randolph Air Force Base, Texas in 2001, and was assigned to the 45th Reconnaissance Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska to fly the RC-135U COMBAT SENT.  Over the course of his career he has served in numerous capacities, including Flight Commander, Executive Officer at both the squadron and JFCC levels, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, Instructor and Evaluator Electronic Warfare Officer, and most recently as the Director of Operations, 479 OSS, NAS Pensacola, Florida.  Lt. Col. Collins was also selected to serve as a Presidential Advance Agent, providing worldwide support to Air Force One and Air Force Two, directing all aspects of logistics and security as a member of the White House Advance Team.

Lt. Col. Collins is a master navigator with over 2,100 flying hours (including more than 200 combat/combat support hours) in the RC-135U, RC-135W, T-43A, and T-1A.  He has numerous deployments in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.


2000 Bachelor of Technology, Business Administration, Peru State College, Peru, Nebraska

2005 Masters of Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

2006 Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL

2009 Air Command and Staff College (correspondence), Air University

2014 Joint Forces Staff College, (Joint Professional Military Education II), Norfolk, VA

2015 Air War College (correspondence), Air University




1.   October 00 – November 01, Student, Joint Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, TX

2.   November 01 – June 02, Student EWO, 338 CTS, Offutt AFB, NE

3.   June 02 – August 03, Electronic Warfare Officer, RC-135U, 45 RS, Offutt AFB, NE

4.   August 03 – June 04, Assistant Flight Commander, Instructor EWO, RC-135U, 45 RS, Offutt AFB, NE

5.   June 04 – June 05, Executive Officer, Evaluator EWO, 45 RS, Offutt AFB, NE

6.   June 05 – May 06, Stan/Eval Tactical Coordinator/EWO, 45 RS

7.   May 06 – October 06, Flight Commander, Evaluator TC, 45 RS, Offutt AFB, NE

8.   October 06 – July 08, Flight Commander, Instructor EWO/CSO, 563 FTS, Randolph AFB, TX

9.   July 08 – August 09, Deputy Chief of Stan/Eval, IEWO, 563 FTS, Randolph AFB, TX

10. August 09 – May 10, Chief of Stan/Eval, Evaluator EWO, 563 FTS, Randolph AFB, TX

11. May 10 – August 10, T-43 Branch Chief, 12th Operations Group Stan/Eval, Randolph AFB, TX

12. August 10 – March 11, Flight Commander, Current Operations, 55 OSS, Offutt AFB, NE

13. March 11 – September 12, Assistant Director of Operations, 55 OSS, Offutt AFB, NE

14. September 12 – July 14, Senior TITAN Ops Officer, USSTRATCOM JFCC-ISR, Joint Base Bolling, DC

15. July 14 – July 15, Executive Officer, USSTRATCOM JFCC-ISR, Joint Base Bolling, DC

16. July 15 – February 16, Instructor in Training, T-1A, 451 FTS, NAS Pensacola, FL

17. February 16 – September 17, Director of Operations, 479 OSS, NAS Pensacola, FL

18. September 17 – Present, Commander, 425th Air Base Squadron, Izmir Air Station, Turkey

Rating:  Master Navigator
Flight Hours: More than 2,200
Aircraft Flown:  T-43A, RC-135U, RC-135V/W, and T-1A Modified

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster
AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and two oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with one oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Second Lieutenant September 29, 2000
First Lieutenant September 29, 2002
Captain September 29, 2004
Major August 1, 2010
Lieutenant Colonel November 1, 2015

(Current as of September 2017)