The Adjutant General of Mississippi
Major General Augustus L. (Leon) Collins is the Adjutant General of Mississippi and serves as the Commanding General of both the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard. He is responsible for providing the State of Mississippi and the United States of America with a ready force of more than 12,275 Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen, equipped and trained to respond to any contingency, natural or manmade. General Collins 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 of the State.
General 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.
General Collins served on active duty in Operation Desert Shield/Storm as well as commanding the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team during combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004-2006. Collins 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, Collins 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, he 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 Governor Phil 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.
Collins is a 2007 inductee into the University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame. He was the 2006 Mississippi Trailblazer of the Year. He is a 2006 inductee into the Mississippi Military Academy Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame. He has twice been awarded the National Guard Bureau's Minuteman Award. He was awarded the Distinguished Citizen Award by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., in 2009. He was the 2012 recipient of the Sam Haskell Spirit of America Award presented by the Mississippi Trailblazers.
His many military awards and decorations; the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Mississippi Magnolia Cross, the Order of Saint George Medallion for excellence in Armor and the Combat Action Badge.
Collins currently serves on the Board of Directors of Friends of Mississippi Veterans and the Board of Directors for MINACT Inc. He previously served on the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance and the Governor's Commission for Physical Fitness and Sports. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and was inducted into the National Collegiate Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Collins is a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson, MS, where he serves on the Deacon Board.
Collins received an Associate of Arts Degree from Northeast Mississippi Junior College, a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Mississippi, a Master of Business Administration Degree from Jackson State University, a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College and has completed the General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Collins is married to the former Debra Fitzgerald. They have two sons, William and Benjamin.
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Director, Joint Staff
Brigadier General Allen E. Brewer is currently assigned as the Director, Joint Staff, Joint Force Headquarters, Mississippi National Guard. As the Director, Joint Staff, he provides oversight to the Adjutant General for the overall readiness of the Mississippi National Guard with a focus on personnel readiness and functions of the fulltime workforce. He coordinates with the Adjutant General, Major Subordinate Command Commanders, National Guard Staff, United States Property and Fiscal Officer, and overhead commanders in establishing and implementing long range plans to assure personnel, facilities, equipment, supplies, funds, and supporting services are available to ensure the highest readiness levels possible.
General Brewer was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, Field Artillery, on July 16, 1979, through the Officer Candidate School, Mississippi Military Academy. He has served in command and staff positions at every level, including: Company A, 2d Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group; Battalion Commander, 2d Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group; Commander, 154th Regional Training Institute; Deputy Commander, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team in Kalsu, Iraq from April 2005 – March 2006; and Commander, Special Operations Detachment – South, in Afghanistan from November 2011 – March 2012.
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Chief of Staff, Air
Brigadier General William J. Crisler serves as the Chief of Staff, Mississippi Air National Guard, Joint Forces Headquarters, Jackson, MS. He is the primary advisor to the Commander, Mississippi Air National Guard, for all Air National Guard units in Mississippi, ensuring the combat readiness and mission capability of two flying wings and their geographically separated units. In the absence of the Mississippi Air National Guard Commander, or at her direction, General Crisler performs the duties of the Commander.Senior Enlisted Advisor
General Crisler received his commission through Reserve Officer Training Corps in December 1978. Upon completion of his active duty commitment in August 1979, General Crisler joined the Mississippi Air National Guard. After graduating from Law School in 1982, he attended Navigator training at Mather Air Force Base and received his wings in 1983. General Crisler has held numerous assignments throughout the 172d Airlift Wing and the Joint Forces Headquarters-MS ANG commanding at the flight, squadron and group levels.
Prior to this assignment, General Crisler served as the Wing Commander, 172d Airlift Wing, Thompson Field, Jackson, MS. He was responsible for formulating, developing, and coordinating all programs, policies, plans, finances and manpower.
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Command Sergeant Major George M. Miller was appointed as the 6th State Command Sergeant Major for the Mississippi Army National Guard (MSARNG) on December 3, 2010. As the State Command Sergeant Major, Miller also serves as the Senior Enlist Advisor to the Assistant Adjutant General, Army, and to the Adjutant General of Mississippi regarding all enlisted-related matters, particularly in areas affecting Soldier training and quality of life. He also travels with the Adjutant General visiting Mississippi Guardsmen deployed around the world.
Command Sergeant Major George M. Miller began his military career on 07 November 1976 where he enlisted in the Mississippi Army National Guard, 123rd Medical Company, in Tupelo, Mississippi. He attended Basic Training at Fort Knox Kentucky and Advance Individual Training at Fort Rucker, Alabama. During his military career he served with the 123rd Medical Company, 323rd Aviation Company, 1-185th Aviation Battalion (Air Assault), 185th Theater Aviation Brigade, and 66th Troop Command.
Command Sergeant Major Miller served as the Command Sergeant Major for the 1-185th Aviation Battalion (Air Assault), 185th Theater Aviation Brigade, and 66th Troop Command. He deployed in 2007-2008 with the 1-185th Aviation Battalion (Air Assault) to Camp Bondsteel Kosovo as the Multi- National Task Force East Aviation Command Sergeant Major.
Command Sergeant Major Miller attended Saltillo High School, Saltillo Mississippi and continued his education at Itawamba Community College and completed this civilian education with King School of Aeronautics in Nashville Tennessee. Command Sergeant Major Miller is a 1997 graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. Command Sergeant Major Miller was employed at the Army Aviation Support Facility for the past 28 years as an Aircraft Technical Inspector.
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