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Story and photos by Sgt. Paul Evans, 103rd Brigade Support Battalion Unit Public Affairs/Historian Representative

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Staff Sgt. Timothy Collins: "I just try to take care of Soldiers.” (Photo by Sgt. Paul Evans, 103rd BSB Unit Public Affairs/Historian Representative)

NOTE:  Each Wednesday kentuckyguard.com publishes stories by Kentucky National Guard unit public affairs historian representatives, also known as UPAHRs.  This is an additional duty taken on by a Soldier or Airmen with the intent of telling their unit’s story.  This is one such story ….

Harrodsburg, Ky.  (May 18, 2011) — Staff Sgt. Timothy Collins has simple yet practical philosophy regarding his job with the Kentucky Army National Guard.

“I’m not one to work to be recognized,” said Collins.  “But it’s good to see people appreciate hard work. I just try to take care of Soldiers.”

Collins, who lives in Russell Springs, Ky., is a member of Harrodsburg’s Headquarters Co. 103rd Brigade Support Battalion.  On April 15, 2011, he received the Army Commendation Medal for exemplary performance as the 103rd’s Personnel Services Delivery Redesign NCO from 2008-2010. In addition, he received a coin from the 103rd Battalion command sergeant major for scoring the highest in the headquarters Co. on his physical fitness test the same day. Staff Sgt. Collins has also been the battalion Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year for the past two years.

In civilian life, Collins works full time in the 103rd as a human resources NCO. He has been a member of the Kentucky Army National Guard for 11 years.

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Staff Sgt. Timothy Collins is the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal. (Photo by Sgt. Paul Evans, 103rd BSB Unit Public Affairs/Historian Representative)

Sgt. First Class Jessica Peel, the battalion’s personnel services NCO, is a fan.

“Staff Sgt. Collins is a very outstanding Soldier, always exceeding standards and setting a great example for fellow Soldiers,” she said. “He is awesome at managing subordinates.”

She should know.  She’s Collins’ boss.

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