James “Jamie” Collins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Collins, of Seth, WV, recently received the 2012 Marine Corps Motor Transport Officer of the Year award. Jamie is a 2005 graduate of Sherman High School. He attended Glenville State College and graduated with a business administration degree in 2009. He was then accepted into Officer Candidate School and received a 2nd Lieutenant’s commission in December of that year. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines in Twenty-nine Palms, California, and was deployed to Southeast Asia in the summer of 2011. Upon completion of that deployment, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. He recently finished a deployment to Helmond Province, Afghanistan, and has since relocated to Cleveland Ohio, where he will remain for the next three years.
During his seven month deployment to Afghanistan, Jamie was responsible for transporting equipment, supplies, fuel and personnel to and from various locations throughout southern Afghanistan, which included the districts of Sangin, Kahaki, Musa Qala, and Now Zad . His platoon completed more than 100 missions without a single casualty, death, or incident of vehicular damage. All told, his convoys traveled more than 4,000 miles and transported 4,000,000 pounds of cargo, which in turn sustained 2,000 military and civilian personnel. This was accomplished by maintaining a fleet of 256 military tactical vehicles. Jamie devised a practice which placed operators and mechanics in more strategic locations to accomplish missions more efficiently and safely, and was quite involved in the overall retrograde plan for exiting Afghanistan.
The award that Jamie received was in recognition for outstanding service while serving as a Marine Corps Motor Transport Officer. He was noted to have surpassed the expectations of his grade, while enthusiastically utilizing practices consistent with the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps.