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SALUTING PULASKI COUNTY’S VETERANS

(Editor’s note: This is part of a continuing series of stories spotlighting Pulaski County’s military veterans.)

FAIRLAWN — While some men and women may spend a lifetime serving the military, others serve, then go on to pursue a diverse spectrum of careers.
Rev. Danny Wayne Collins of Fairlawn is a prime example.
At age 21, Collins, who grew up in Christiansburg, received a draft notice from the U.S. military. Thinking it would be in his best interest to go ahead and join the Army so that he would have the option of choosing which field he would want to work in, he quickly enlisted. Soon after, he entered basic training at Fort Bragg, N.C., in April 1967.
Following his basic training, Collins went to “on-the-job training” at Fort Eustis.
There, he studied and received training in numerous clerical skills.
Following his training at Fort Eustis, he went to Fort Benning, Ga., for training in the “jump” school and was later assigned with the 10th Aviation Group, a part of the 101st Airborne Division.
In January 1968, Collins was deployed to Germany, where he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division as an instructor in small arms repair. Collins said his responsibilities as an instructor gave him many opportunities to travel all across Germany.
In addition, Collins worked for the base chapel as a company chaplain’s assistant, in which some of his tasks included leading Bible studies, counseling, leading music services, and typing sermons, as well as maintaining correspondence for the chaplain.
“It was a secretarial position, but I had some hands-on experience as well,” Collins said.
Collins said both his parents were Christians, so he had grown up going to church. When he joined the military, he was interested in staying active in his faith, so taking on the position as the chaplain’s assistant seemed like a good way to do that.
In March 1969, Collins was deployed to Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division. For the first six months of his tour, he was in the combat area of Kontum, Tin City and LZ Oasis.
Collins said on the night of May 13, 1969, his unit was completely overrun by a large Viet Cong unit that crossed the border from Laos. Although Spec. 5 Collins was unharmed, he did lose 12 of the men in his platoon
After six months, Collins was transferred to base camp in Pleiku, South Vietnam. Here, he again served as a small arms instructor and as a chaplain’s assistant.
Collins said it was while serving in this role that he made a commitment to leave the service after his tour in Vietnam and enter college and seminary to prepare for a career in the ministry.
Although there were plenty of chapels, places of worship and opportunities for Collins to remain in the military and serve as a chaplain, he knew that he wanted to be the pastor of a community church like the one he attended during his upbringing.
After his tour of duty in Vietnam, Collins returned to the U.S. and was discharged from the U.S. Army in March 1970.
Collins is a 1972 graduate of Carson Newman College and holds a bachelor of arts degree in history and political science. He is also a 1975 graduate of Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., from which he earned a master’s degree in Christian education.
Collins noted that without serving in the military, he would not have been eligible for the GI Bill, and, therefore, he most likely would not have been able to afford to attend college.
Today, Collins serves as pastor of Fairlawn Baptist Church. He has served the church through two tenures, from 1977 to 1982 and 1994 through the present.
Collins is married to the former Patricia Keatley, who is a 1965 graduate of Pulaski High School.
They have two sons: Andrew, 35, of Garner, N.C., and Bradley, 33, of Fairlawn. They also have one granddaughter, Briley, 2, who is the daughter of Andrew.

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SALUTING PULASKI COUNTY’S VETERANS

(Editor’s note: This is part of a continuing series of stories spotlighting Pulaski County’s military veterans.)

FAIRLAWN — While some men and women may spend a lifetime serving the military, others serve, then go on to pursue a diverse spectrum of careers.
Rev. Danny Wayne Collins of Fairlawn is a prime example.
At age 21, Collins, who grew up in Christiansburg, received a draft notice from the U.S. military. Thinking it would be in his best interest to go ahead and join the Army so that he would have the option of choosing which field he would want to work in, he quickly enlisted. Soon after, he entered basic training at Fort Bragg, N.C., in April 1967.
Following his basic training, Collins went to “on-the-job training” at Fort Eustis.
There, he studied and received training in numerous clerical skills.
Following his training at Fort Eustis, he went to Fort Benning, Ga., for training in the “jump” school and was later assigned with the 10th Aviation Group, a part of the 101st Airborne Division.
In January 1968, Collins was deployed to Germany, where he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division as an instructor in small arms repair. Collins said his responsibilities as an instructor gave him many opportunities to travel all across Germany.
In addition, Collins worked for the base chapel as a company chaplain’s assistant, in which some of his tasks included leading Bible studies, counseling, leading music services, and typing sermons, as well as maintaining correspondence for the chaplain.
“It was a secretarial position, but I had some hands-on experience as well,” Collins said.
Collins said both his parents were Christians, so he had grown up going to church. When he joined the military, he was interested in staying active in his faith, so taking on the position as the chaplain’s assistant seemed like a good way to do that.
In March 1969, Collins was deployed to Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division. For the first six months of his tour, he was in the combat area of Kontum, Tin City and LZ Oasis.
Collins said on the night of May 13, 1969, his unit was completely overrun by a large Viet Cong unit that crossed the border from Laos. Although Spec. 5 Collins was unharmed, he did lose 12 of the men in his platoon
After six months, Collins was transferred to base camp in Pleiku, South Vietnam. Here, he again served as a small arms instructor and as a chaplain’s assistant.
Collins said it was while serving in this role that he made a commitment to leave the service after his tour in Vietnam and enter college and seminary to prepare for a career in the ministry.
Although there were plenty of chapels, places of worship and opportunities for Collins to remain in the military and serve as a chaplain, he knew that he wanted to be the pastor of a community church like the one he attended during his upbringing.
After his tour of duty in Vietnam, Collins returned to the U.S. and was discharged from the U.S. Army in March 1970.
Collins is a 1972 graduate of Carson Newman College and holds a bachelor of arts degree in history and political science. He is also a 1975 graduate of Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., from which he earned a master’s degree in Christian education.
Collins noted that without serving in the military, he would not have been eligible for the GI Bill, and, therefore, he most likely would not have been able to afford to attend college.
Today, Collins serves as pastor of Fairlawn Baptist Church. He has served the church through two tenures, from 1977 to 1982 and 1994 through the present.
Collins is married to the former Patricia Keatley, who is a 1965 graduate of Pulaski High School.
They have two sons: Andrew, 35, of Garner, N.C., and Bradley, 33, of Fairlawn. They also have one granddaughter, Briley, 2, who is the daughter of Andrew.

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