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Major General Augustus L. (Leon) Collins (U.S. Army Ret.) is the Chief Executive Officer for MINACT Inc.., a major workforce development, training and management corporation, located in Jackson, Mississippi. MINACT provides job training and educational services to more than 1800 students and spans across seven states. Prior to accepting this position, Collins was the Adjutant General of Mississippi and served as the Commanding General of both the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard.

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Major General Augustus L. Collins (U.S. Army Ret.)


Major General Augustus L. (Leon) Collins (U.S. Army Ret.) is the Chief Executive Officer for MINACT Inc., a major workforce development, training and management corporation, located in Jackson, Mississippi. MINACT provides job training and educational services to more than 1800 students and spans across seven states. Prior to accepting this position, Collins was the Adjutant General of Mississippi and served as the Commanding General of both the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard.

He served for more than 35 years in the United States Army and the Army National Guard, rising to the rank of Major General. From 2004-2006 he commanded the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team during combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom. While deployed he was promoted to brigadier general, making him the first African American to attain the rank of general officer in the history of the Mississippi National Guard.

In 2007, Collins was appointed by Governor Haley Barbour to serve as one of the three Commissioners for the Mississippi Worker's Compensation Commission. He held that post until July 2010 when he accepted a position with MINACT Incorporated where he served as the Executive Vice President for Strategic Planning.

When Governor Phil Bryant took office in January 2012, he appointed Collins the Adjutant General of Mississippi.

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