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Collins reappointed Adjutant General of Mississippi

Major General Augustus L. (Leon) Collins will continue to serve as Adjutant General of Mississippi. Monday, he was reappointed to the post by Governor Phil Bryant. (Photo source: MS National Guard) Major General Augustus L. (Leon) Collins will continue to serve as Adjutant General of Mississippi. Monday, he was reappointed to the post by Governor Phil Bryant. (Photo source: MS National Guard)
JACKSON, MS (WLOX) -

Major General Augustus L. (Leon) Collins will continue to serve as Adjutant General of Mississippi. Monday, he was reappointed to the post by Governor Phil Bryant.

As Adjutant General, Collins serves as the Commanding General of both the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard. He's responsible for providing the State and the U.S. with a ready force of more than 12,275 Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen, equipped and trained to respond to any contingency, natural or manmade. He directs the Mississippi Military Department and oversees the development and coordination of all policies, plans and programs of the Mississippi National Guard in concert with the Governor and Legislature.

"General Collins has ably and honorably commanded Mississippi’s men and women in uniform, and I’m delighted he has accepted this reappointment," Gov. Bryant said. "He has dedicated his entire adult life to defending his state and his country, both domestically and on foreign battlefields, and each is better for his service."

Collins began his career when he enlisted in the Mississippi Army National Guard's Company B, 1st Battalion, 198th Armor Regiment in March 1977. He was commissioned in July 1980 upon completion of Officer Candidate School. He has served in various command and staff positions in units at every level to include Company, Battalion, Regiment, Brigade, and the Adjutant General’s primary staff in both a traditional and Active Guard Reserve status.

"The Mississippi National Guard is an exceptional team and I look forward to continued service with our soldiers and airmen," Collins said. 
 
Collins served on active duty in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, as well as commanding the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team during combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004-2006. He was promoted to brigadier general on May 10, 2005 while in Iraq, making him the first African American to attain the rank of general officer in the history of the Mississippi National Guard.
 
Following his deployment to Iraq, he was assigned as Director of Mobilization, United States Army Forces Command, Fort McPherson, GA. He held that post from February 2006 until he retired in October 2007.
 
Upon his retirement from the military, Collins was appointed by Governor Haley Barbour to serve as one of the three Commissioners for the Mississippi Worker's Compensation Commission. He held that post until July 2010 when he accepted a position with MINACT Incorporated where he served as the Executive Vice President for Strategic Planning.
 
When Gov. Bryant took office in January 2012, he appointed Collins the Adjutant General of Mississippi. He was promoted to the rank of Major General on March 14, 2012.

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