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John Collick is a 100% Service-Connected Disabled Marine, who served as a Signals Intelligence Collector and Analyst for 17 years, before being promoted to First Sergeant.  Due to service-connected injuries, he retired in early 2001; however, after 9/11, he began working as a Terrorism Analyst translating documents and conducting Open Source research for the U.S. Joint Forces Intelligence Command. He continued working for several Hampton Roads organizations, as well as in Washington, DC through the next 15 years, primarily analyzing National Security issues emanating from the Middle East.

In 2015, after two years working at United States Citizenship & Immigration Services Headquarters in Washington, DC, as a Senior Intelligence Analyst vetting Syrian refugees, he returned to Norfolk as an Immigration Services Officer.  A year later, while returning from a naturalization ceremony, he was involved in an automobile accident and subsequently retired from government service. 

Early Life

John was raised in Abington, MA, where he attended Abington Public Schools through the 8th Grade but wanted to go to a local Catholic High School.  Because his parents could not afford it, his pastor offered him a job at the church and parish cemetery. Because he took such initiative at a young age, John graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School in 1980.

When John was 8 years old, his mother’s Central Nervous System began deteriorating; doctors were never able to properly diagnose her.  She was restricted to a wheelchair for 24 years, including most of John’s youth.  He and his siblings never had a "normal" childhood but instead performed all the household chores, while their father worked.  Because his mother's medicine was so expensive, there were times when he and his older sister could have only two meals a day.

Military

After graduating from Parris Island in 1981, John was trained as a Manual Morse Intercept Operator in Pensacola, FL, followed by an 18-month assignment in Misawa, Japan.  In September 1983, John returned to the United States, being assigned to 2d Radio Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC and was immediately assigned to 24th Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU), which was being deployed as part of a NATO exercise in Norway, followed by operations off the coast of Lebanon.

John reenlisted in 1984 and continued his career in several positions, including Signals Intelligence Analyst, Morse Code Instructor, Arabic Linguist, Cryptologic Training Chief/Foreign Language Chief for the Marine Corps, and finally, as a First Sergeant of both Weapons Company, 3d Battalion, 8th Marines and 2d Military Police Company, before retiring.

Awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, NATO Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Arctic Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.

Post-Military

John worked for a year as an Executive Team Leader at Target in Jacksonville, NC, but due to his service-connected injuries, had to leave this job.  Shortly after leaving, he was offered a temporary position at U.S. Joint Forces Intelligence Command, analyzing captured documents from Afghanistan.  After less than six months on the job, Booz-Allen-Hamilton recruited him as a consultant supporting Standing Joint Forces Headquarters, Homeland Security (SJFHQ-HLS).  In this position, John was assigned as the Lead Counterterrorism Analyst, responsible for briefing the Commanding General each day. 

When SJFHQ-HLS was disestablished, John was assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard supporting the newly created International Port Security Program, with intelligence information for Coast Guard port inspectors traveling abroad.  After 18 months, he was hired by the U.S. Coast Guard as the Senior Threat Analyst for U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area in Portsmouth, where he worked for the next five years.

John also worked as a Senior Watch Analyst at the Department of Homeland Security, Supervisory Intelligence Specialist of the Illicit Travel Unit at Immigration & Customs Enforcement Headquarters, and Senior Intelligence Analyst, developing the Syrian Refugee Vetting Program for the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services Headquarters.

Family Life

John was married to his wife, Lisa, in 1986 and they have four children and two grandchildren. John’s youngest son, James, has Down Syndrome and is a Cancer Survivor. 

Personal Information

Education:          

  • Certificate, National Intelligence University (formally, Joint Military Intelligence College)
  • Bachelor of Science, Campbell University
  • Master of Business Administration, Northcentral University

Religion:              

  • Roman Catholic, St. Mary of the Presentation, Suffolk, VA
  • Suffolk Knights of Columbus, Council 7363

Vets Groups:     

  • Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 13
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 824
  • American Legion, Member at Large

Other:

  • Special Education Advisory Committee, Suffolk Public Schools
  • Raised approximately $10,000 over 3 years for St. Baldrick's Foundation

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