Deputy Chief of Public Affairs
Colonel Thomas Collins
Colonel Tom Collins resumed duties as the Deputy Chief of Army Public Affairs on July 21, 2013, following a one-year tour in Afghanistan as the Director of Public Affairs for the International Security Assistance Force. He served there from July 2012 to July 2013.
Prior to this deployment, Col. Collins served at the Pentagon for over two years as the Deputy Chief of Army Public Affairs where he helped plan and execute strategic communications for the Department of the Army and oversaw a vast array of military and civilian public affairs professionals; and as the Chief of Media Relations where he orchestrated Army-level responses to press issues and routinely interfaced with the Pentagon Press Corps and international media.
Other past assignments include his first deployment to Afghanistan, as the senior Coalition spokesman, from 2006 to 2007; as the public affairs officer for the Secretary of the Army from 2004 to 2006; as the public affairs officer for the Southern European Task Force (Airborne) in Vicenza, Italy from 2002 to 2004 – to include a 3-month deployment to Liberia in 2003 as the senior spokesperson for a combined US-West African peace-keeping force; and as an Army spokesperson at the Pentagon from 1999 to 2001.
Prior to becoming a public affairs officer, Col. Collins served as an armor officer in several troop-leading positions in armor and mechanized infantry task forces in the United States, South Korea, and the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. Col. Collins also served as a UN military observer in the Western Sahara.
Col. Collins is a native of California and a 1986 graduate of California State University at Sacramento. He is married and holds a Master of Arts degree in management from Webster University (1997), and a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Washington, DC (2008).