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John A. Collins
Born (1931-09-17)September 17, 1931
Died May 7, 2003(2003-05-07) (aged 71)
Place of birth Boston, Massachusetts
Place of death Long Branch, New Jersey[1]
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the US Air Force.svg United States Air Force
Rank Major General
Commands held Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force

John A. Collins (September 17, 1931 – May 7, 2003) was Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force.


Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1931, Collins was an ordained Roman Catholic priest in the Redemptorist Order.[2] Collins died on May 7, 2003 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.[3]


Collins joined the United States Air Force in 1960. Eventually, he would become Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force in 1980 before being promoted to Chief of Chaplains with the rank of Major General in 1982. He held the position until his retirement in 1985.

Awards he received include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Outstanding Unit Award and the National Defense Service Medal.


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