Col. Glenn Collins: Leading the 932nd Airlift Wing and embracing community

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  • By Maj. Neil Samson
  • 932nd Airlift Wing

For the past four years, Col. Glenn Collins has been a driving force as commander of the 932nd Airlift Wing, but his impact extends far beyond the military realm. With his strong civic involvement and community outreach, Collins has left an indelible mark on the Metro East area. 

Collins, a dedicated Army and Air Force veteran of a combined 35 years, not only excelled in his military responsibilities, but also recognized the importance of forging partnerships with local communities. Collaborating closely with the City of Belleville Mayor, Patty Gregory, Collins initiated many joint ventures, mentoring programs and charitable events that strengthened the bond between the military and civilian population. 

"The partnership between the 932nd Airlift Wing and our community has flourished under Col. Collins' leadership," said Gregory. "His commitment to outreach and engagement has made a significant impact on the lives of our citizens, fostering a sense of unity and shared purpose." 

One of Collins' notable achievements was spearheading the continued C-40C distinguished visitor airlift mission. This critical operation ensured the seamless transportation of high-ranking government officials and dignitaries, showcasing the Wing's exceptional capabilities on a global scale, spanning 158 countries. 

As he prepared to bid farewell to his role, Collins performed his fini flight on May 24, marking the culmination of his time as commander. A ceremonial event, the flight serves as a tribute to his leadership and the achievements of the 932nd Airlift Wing under his command. 

Upon the conclusion of his fini flight and after receiving a traditional "spray down" with water upon stepping off the jet, Collins delivered his final remarks to a crowd of his family, friends, 932 AW personnel and local Metro East civic leaders.

As he reflected on his military career, he expressed gratitude for the Wing and the Metro East community

Collins expressed his happiness of hitting his milestone of over 33 years of aviation saying "I've enjoyed it. It's been a wonderful run." 

As Collins concludes his tenure, the 932nd Airlift Wing remains poised to continue its legacy of excellence, community engagement, and service under new leadership.