Maj. Ryan Collins, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) signal officer, was awarded the Army Special Operations Forces Communicator of the Year on April 18, 2018 for being the officer who provided the most significant contributions towards the special operations force mission of providing command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) support in both garrison and tactical environments.
The award was created in 2012 by the Chief Information Officer of the U. S. Army Special Operations Command. The award has five categories of recipients: junior enlisted, senior enlisted, warrant officer, officer, and civilian. It is awarded to USASOC communicators who display the highest ethical standards of military service.
“I was not expecting recognition,” said Collins about receiving the award.
Collins commissioned on May 27, 2006, upon his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has been serving in the 1st SFG (A) for almost two years.