Community Partner Distinguished Speaker Engagement Series

Community Partner Distinguished Speaker Engagement Series

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Distinguished Speaker Engagement Series - on behalf of our Community Partners Team

MG Rob Collins, PEO C3T and BG Jeth Rey, Network CFT shared insights on the Army’s Network Modernization priorities and Project Convergence.  We were very fortunate to have these two great leaders who are driving the Army Network Modernization and Innovation speak to us today.

Biographies of our distinguished guest speakers…….

As Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), Major General Robert M. Collins guides a workforce of more than 1,600 personnel who acquire, field and support the communications networks, radios, satellite systems and other hardware and software Soldiers require for information dominance on the battlefield. MG Collins took command of 
PEO C3T on June 1, 2020.

MG Collins comes to PEO C3T after serving as the PEO for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (IEW&S) since May 2019. As the PEO IEW&S, he provided technical and managerial oversight of the development, acquisition, fielding, and life cycle support of the Army’s portfolio of intelligence; electronic warfare; cyber; integrated base defense; force protection; 
position, navigation, and timing; biometrics; and target acquisition programs.

MG Collins was commissioned through ROTC in 1992 into Armor with a Bachelor of Science from Shippensburg University. As a junior officer, he served at Fort Carson as a Tank Platoon Leader in 2- 77th Armor Battalion, 4th Infantry Division. Following his branch detail to the Signal Corps, he served in Fort Gordon as a Communications Platoon Leader in the 124rd Signal Battalion, and in Germany as a Battalion Signal Officer and Company Commander with the 1st Infantry Division.

He was then selected into the Acquisition Corps in 2000 and was assigned to U.S. Army Signal Center in Fort Gordon as a Training and Doctrine Command Systems Manager and Combat Developer. MG Collins went on to serve at Fort Monmouth as an Assistant Product Manager (APM) for Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T), and an APM of Software Integration with Future Combat Systems. MG Collins then served in the Pentagon as a Department of the Army Systems Coordinator for Tactical Army Communications systems, and later selected as the Executive Officer 
for the Army Acquisition Executive and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology).

From April 2010 to July 2013, MG Collins served as the Product Manager for the WIN-T Increments 2 and 3 ACAT 1D programs within PEO C3T. Following War College, he was selected to serve as the Army’s Project Manager for Distributed Common Ground System-Army, PEO IEW&S, from June 2014 to July 2018. Prior to becoming the PEO IEW&S, MG Collins served as the Assistant 
PEO IEW&S from August 2018 to April 2019.

MG Collins holds Masters Degrees from Webster University, Oklahoma University, and the National Defense University. He completed the Combined Arms Services Staff School and Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, as well as the Armor Officer Basic Course, 
Signal Branch Qualification, Signal Advanced Course, and Systems Automation Course. He is a graduate of Eisenhower School of Strategic Studies at Fort McNair, where he received a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy. MG Collins is a member of the Acquisition Corps and is 
Level III certified in Program Management.

Brigadier General Jeth B. Rey serves as the Director of the Network Cross-Functional Team within Army Futures Command focusing on integrating and modernizing the Army’s network. BG Rey is responsible for the continuous  improvement of network, command, control, communications and intelligence to enable mission command across the tactical network. This will enable the
speed, range and convergence required to achieve decision dominance and overmatch against near-peer adversaries.

BG Rey previously served as the Director of Command and Control, Communications and Computer Systems, J6, United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, where he was responsible for the implementation and management of USCENTCOM’s global communications, cybersecurity, and computer networks.

BG Rey is a native of St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands; he enlisted in the Army in September 1983. After completing Basic Training at Fort Dix, NJ, and Advance Individual Training at Ft Gordon, GA, he was assigned to Korea as a combat signaleer. As he progressed through the 
enlisted ranks over the next 9 years, he served in various positions of leadership in several Special Operations Units at Fort Bragg, NC, and the Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, GA.

In 1994 BG Rey graduated from the Army’s Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS), at Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he graduated as the Honor Graduate and Leadership Award winner.

In 1996 BG Rey received his commission from the Army’s Officer Candidate School (OCS) and graduated as the Distinguished Honor Graduate. He was commissioned into the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He is a graduate of the Signal Officer Basic Course (1997), the Signal Captains Career Course (2000), and the Naval War College Command and General Staff Course (2007). 
He has received three Master’s Degrees including Telecommunications Management, National Security Studies from the Naval War College (2007) and Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College (2015).

His previous assignments include ARCYBER G3 (2018-2019); Executive Officer to the Army Chief Information Officer/G-6 (2017-2018); Commander 516th Signal Brigade, Ft Shafter, HI (2015-2017); Commander of the 112th Signal Battalion (Special Operations) (Airborne), 528th Sustainment Brigade (Special Operations) (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC (2012-2014); Commander of the Special Missions Command, White House Communications Agency Camp David Presidential Retreat (2010-2012); Commander Signal Squadron, United States Army Special Operations Command Fort Bragg, NC (2007-2010); Signal Squadron Operations Officer, United States Army Special Operations Command Fort Bragg, NC (2005-2006); Alpha Company Commander, 112th Signal Battalion 
Special Operations (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC (2004-2005); Signal Squadron Executive Officer, United States Army Special Operations Command Fort Bragg,  NC (2002-2004); Tactical Communications Troop Commander, United States Army Special Operations Command Fort Bragg, NC (2000-2002); Communications Officer for the Combatant Commander at the United States Southern Command, Quarry Heights, Panama/Miami, FL (1997-2000); and Signal Officer 3rd 
Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment (Airborne), Fort Benning, GA (1996).

His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal – 1OLC, Legion of Merit – 2OLC, Bronze Star - 1OLC, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal – 3OLCs, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and the Ranger Tab. Other awards include the Presidential Service Badge, Army Staff Badge, and the 
Signal Corps Regimental Bronze Order of Mercury.

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