MSgt Ken "Airsoldier" Collins-Hardy

MSgt Ken "Airsoldier" Collins-Hardy

Dates of Service: Aug 1981 - Nov 2002
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  • AB Aug 81
  • Amn Sep 81
  • A1C Mar 82
  • SrA Sep 84
  • SSgt Dec 85
  • TSgt Jun 91
  • MSgt May 95

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USAF-retired Security Forces and Command-and-Control craftsman-turned National Reconnaissance Office engineer; extensive enterprise monitoring, reporting, alerting and configuration management of aerospace assets. Giant Sword, Peacekeeper Challenge and Olympic Arena competitor. Alabama survivor of "Bapbomb"—FBI code-name for Alabama's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing on September 15, 1963.

Military Experiences

Jun 2001 - Nov 2002
460th SW
Wing Command Post Manager (A235)
Task OT&E Combat-ready Airmen to provide warning, surveillance & installation Operations for America and allies. Took point on advising CP operations and training as Senior Space Wing CP Manager and Command and Control Subject Matter Expert (C2-SME). Coached eight direct reports to seize and retain USAF CP-initiative beneficial to applying Electronic Records Management (ERM) to synchronize the Air Force Enterprise Information Management (EIM). Mentored team on bridging C2-gap inherent to HQ 460 SW being the newest kid on the block on the Pentagon’s Watch Bill. Delivered first-ever 460th SW’s $1M CP, bringing a Common Operating Picture (COP) of Space-based Infrared Systems support to the Unified Command Plan.
Jul 1999 - Aug 2001
Command Center Seoul Supt. EOC Programs & Training Branch (ACoS J3, FKJ3-EOC-PT)
Deter aggression and defend ROK to maintain stability in Northeast Asia in support of US interest. Manage ACofS J3 Situations Room and Battlebooks supporting the operational direction of ROK/US OPCON to United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, USFK, and U.S. Ground Component Command (GCC) to ensure war readiness. Manage Command Inspection Program as J3 Staff Assistance Visit Lead to three MSCs: 19 TAACOM, Taegu; 2ID, Camp Red Cloud; and USAFK, Osan AB. Train, coach and evaluate 8th U.S. Army/USFK Emergency Operation Center Watch Teams comprised both of Officers and Enlisted Airmen, Marines, Sailors and Soldiers on USPACOM and USFK Crisis Action System Operating Procedures (CASOPs), Command Critical Information Requirements (CCIRs) and associated COMSEC and NSA Codesbooks.
Jul 1997 - Jun 1999
C2 Mission Manager (JRTC-Deployed 1stSgt)
Provide trained and ready U.S Forces to CCDRs. Fill selectively-manned HQ Staff Mission Manager position in AMWC Combat Aerial Delivery School, Joint Operations Division, Mobility Air Forces Center of Excellence. Take independent C2 actions to synchronizes USAF EC resources to meet G3 and Joint Readiness Training Center objectives w/ priority to combat pre-deployment and rotational-training objectives. Prepare HQ Air Mobility Command and Air Combat Command Forces for contingency & wartime employment. Serve as Air Mobility Division Superintendent, Senior Enlisted Air Expeditionary Force C2 expert and JRTC-Deployed 1stSgt. Develop stds and policies for 3 Officers/6 Enlisted; collect OPINT for analysis in After Action Reviews and Lessons-Learned. Manage $4.5M Air & Space Property Book.
Jul 1996 - Jul 1997
7th AF (AFKOR)
7AF Senior Command Post Controller (607th Combat Operations)
Deter aggression and defend ROK to maintain stability in Northeast Asia. Manage Air Component Command (ACC) Command Center, Command Post/Emergency Actions Battle Cab (EABC) for United States Pacific Command, 7th AF/USAFK, 607th Air Operation Center (AOC), and 51st Fighter Wing. Serve as Information System Security Officer and Senior Command Radio-Telephone Operator and processor of real-word and exercise mission-type orders from HHQ to include Emergency Action Messages and Command Critical Information Requirements, and relaying to subordinate units and five collocated operating base, as required. Operate Automated Wing Command and Control Systems and Installation Wide-Area Mass Notification System (GIANT VOICE).


(14 years, 7 months)
Sep 2010 - May 2011
Operation New Dawn (OND)
JBB. Managed C2-VTC as Deputy S3/2, Emergency Manager and Antiterrorism Officer. Supervised Operational Contracting Support (OCS) of Acquisition, Logistics & Technology engineering and force protection missions. Advised Cmd & Staff on Health, Safety & Welfare of 800 Soldiers, Airmen, Civilians & Contractors. Wrote OPLAN for Responsible Drawdown of batallion-level Forces.
Feb 2007 - Sep 2010
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Joint Base Balad & Contingency Operating Base Speicher. Serve as Ops Plans Officer/Logistics & Ops Specialist. Provide technical support to U.S. Army under Contract Number, W52P1J-06-F-0002 /24 Feb 2007, as a contractor for Dimensions International, Inc., providing Operations and Administration Support to the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade.
May 1999 - Jun 2001
South Korea
Yongsan Army Garrison. Serve as EAP Supt. of Programs & Training, Current Ops Branch, Ops Division, CJ3, UN Cmd, Combined Forces Cmd HQ, USFK. Evaluated 40-plus watch members, conducted 6 Staff Assistance Visits to 3 subordinate CPs, guided 20-plus Crisis Action Team activations, 4 actual events and 4 CPXs. "Katchi Kapshida!" means We Go Together!"
Jul 1996 - Jul 1997
South Korea
Osan Air Base. Serve as Senior Ops Controller for 7th Air Force, Air Component Command (ACC) and 51st Fight Wing.

Military Credentials

Professional Development Schools

Oct 2020

Udemy Travel Management Course (Skilled-Based)

Oct 2020

FEMA IS-2002 Introduction to FEMA Operational Planning

Oct 2020

Udemy Airspace and Charts for Part 107

Oct 2020

Udemy Public Relation Masterclass 2020

Individual & Special Skill Schools

Aug 2006 - Nov 2019

Emergency Management Institute

Mar 1995 - Mar 1998


Jul 2011

Configuration Management II Basic (CMIIB)

Apr 2010

Villanova Univ. Advance Government Contract Management

Feb 2010

Villanova Univ, Mastering Business Skills

Sep 2009

USF Master Certification Internet Marketing

Foreign Language Skills
Security Clearance
Top Secret/SCI or higher

Academic Degrees

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