Rear Adm. Collin Green graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1986 and Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Class 149 in 1988. Green holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Catholic University and is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College with a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies.
Green has participated in special operations in Europe, Africa and Asia. Tours in Naval Special Warfare include assignments at SEAL Teams 2, 3 and 5; Naval Special Warfare Task Group U.S. 6th Fleet; Naval Special Warfare Unit 10, Rota, Spain, as the executive officer; and Naval Special Warfare Command as the assistant chief of staff for Plans, Policy and Operations.
Other assignments include Naval Special Warfare officer, Navy Operations and Plans Branch of the Chief of Naval Operations and Naval Special Warfare officer.
Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet; Joint Staff as the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM); branch chief in the J3 deputy director for Special Operations, director of Operations, NATO Special Operations Component Command/Special Operations Joint Task Force Afghanistan; and executive officer to the Supreme Allied Commander/Commander United States European Command.
His command tours include SEAL Team 3 where he deployed as the Naval Special Warfare Task Group commander to Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Naval Special Warfare Unit 3, Manama, Bahrain, and Naval Special Warfare Group 1, Coronado, California.
He is currently serving as the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command South.