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Assumption of Command, Collins takes charge

Citizen Airmen of the 932nd Airlift Wing, also known as the Gateway Wing, stand at ease during the assumption of command May 5, 2019, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The 932nd AW is comprised of over 1,100 Citizen Airmen who support the national interests providing distinguished visitor airlift, ground and aeromedical patient care and expeditionary combat support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Deiters)

Citizen Airmen of the 932nd Airlift Wing, also known as the Gateway Wing, stand at ease during the assumption of command May 5, 2019, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The 932nd AW is comprised of over 1,100 Citizen Airmen who support the national interests providing distinguished visitor airlift, ground and aeromedical patient care and expeditionary combat support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Deiters)

Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave, 22nd Air Force commander, Chief Master Sgt. Barbara Gilmore, 932nd Airlift Wing command chief, and Col. Glenn Collins, 932nd AW commander stand at attention as the order is being published authorizing the transfer of responsibilities during the assumption of command May 5, 2019, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Collins said he will work tirelessly every moment of everyday to the best of his abilities to ensure all the 932nd Citizen Airmen have the resources and training necessary to go throughout the world to perform the missions that the nation has called upon them to do. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave, 22nd Air Force commander, Chief Master Sgt. Barbara Gilmore, 932nd Airlift Wing command chief, and Col. Glenn Collins, 932nd AW commander stand at attention as the order is being published authorizing the transfer of responsibilities during the assumption of command May 5, 2019, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Collins said he will work tirelessly every moment of everyday to the best of his abilities to ensure all the 932nd Citizen Airmen have the resources and training necessary to go throughout the world to perform the missions that the nation has called upon them to do. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave, 22nd Air Force commander hands the guidon to Col. Glenn Collins, 932nd Airlift Wing commander, symbolizing the passing of the responsibilities, during the assumption of command May 5, 2019, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Collins previously served as the Assistant Deputy Director of Operations and Nuclear Integration for Air Mobility Command before assuming command of the 932nd AW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave, 22nd Air Force commander hands the guidon to Col. Glenn Collins, 932nd Airlift Wing commander, symbolizing the passing of the responsibilities, during the assumption of command May 5, 2019, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Collins previously served as the Assistant Deputy Director of Operations and Nuclear Integration for Air Mobility Command before assuming command of the 932nd AW. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave, 22nd Air Force commander and Col. Glenn Collins, 932nd Airlift Wing commander shake hands during the assumption of command May 5, 2019, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. La Fave thanked Collins for responding to the call of duty and assuming command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave, 22nd Air Force commander and Col. Glenn Collins, 932nd Airlift Wing commander shake hands during the assumption of command May 5, 2019, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. La Fave thanked Collins for responding to the call of duty and assuming command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Melissa Estevez)

Col. Glenn Collins, 932nd Airlift Wing commander, makes his first speech as commander during the assumption of command May 5, 2019, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  “How lucky am I to be able to serve… with the finest Airmen the world has ever produced,” said Collins. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Deiters)

Col. Glenn Collins, 932nd Airlift Wing commander, makes his first speech as commander during the assumption of command May 5, 2019, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. “How lucky am I to be able to serve… with the finest Airmen the world has ever produced,” said Collins. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brooke Deiters)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. --

The 932nd Airlift Wing welcomes a new commander during an assumption of command event May 5, 2019 at Hangar 1, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

The presiding officer for the ceremony was Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave, 22nd Air Force commander, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia.  La Fave thanked Col. Glenn Collins for responding to the call of duty and assuming command. La Fave ended with giving Collins and all other commanders three charges.

La Fave said the first charge is to work hard for the Airmen. The second is to take care of the Airmen and their families, so that they will take care of the mission. The third charge was don’t embarrass the patch.

Collins received his commission in 1988 while attending Boston College Law School. After 11 years of active duty, Collins transferred to the Air Force Reserve. Collins is a Command Instructor Pilot who has served in multiple contingency operations, to include Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Joint Enterprise and Coronet Oak.  He has qualified in eight different military aircraft, both fixed and rotary wing.

Collins previously served as the Assistant Deputy Director of Operations and Nuclear Integration for Air Mobility Command before assuming command of the 932nd AW.

While a Citizen Airman, Collins maintained a private law practice with an emphasis in aviation litigation. He also served as the aviation analyst for a major television network in Chicago, Illinois, and is on the board of directors for several philanthropic, civic, and business organizations.

“How lucky am I to be able to serve… with the finest Airmen the world has ever produced,” said Collins.

The 932nd AW is comprised of over 1,100 Citizen Airmen reservists who support the national interests providing distinguished visitor airlift, ground and aeromedical patient care and expeditionary combat support. 

Collins said he will work tirelessly every moment of everyday to the best of his abilities to ensure all the 932nd Citizen Airmen have the resources and training necessary to go throughout the world, and perform the missions that the nation has called upon them to do.

 “You think you can’t make a difference? I stand before you today telling you, you make a difference. Every person in this room makes a difference. Never underestimate the influence you will have on someone,” said Collins. “The influence you had yesterday, the influence you have today, and the influence you will have tomorrow.”