Andrew serves as the Chief of Staff for the Maryland Army National Guard (MDARNG). Since late March, he has been coordinating MDARNG efforts to support state partners during the COVID-19 crisis. Due to the significant scale of mission requirements, he quickly transformed the MDARNG’s JFHQ into an operational headquarters capable of both providing mission command to supporting units, as well as maintaining routine MDARNG operations. He also developed an Enhanced Readiness Posture concept that provided capability depth that could be called forward within 24 hours. Over 1,000 Soldiers have supported a myriad of missions including food distribution to local communities, health screenings at multiple COVID-19 testing sites, security, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) distribution across multiple state logistics staging areas.
COL Andrew ‘Drew’ W. Collins
Distance Class of 2018