Jason Aron Collins, 25, Navy aviation technician

July 11, 2005

Jason Aron Collins, an aviation technician first class in the Navy, died in a motorcycle accident July 3 in Sigonella, Sicily. He was 25.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. Collins graduated from Mergenthaler High School in 1997. He immediately enlisted in the Navy and in five years had become a petty officer first class. He was the recipient of two Navy and Marine Corps achievement medals and earned his enlisted aviation warfare specialist pin while serving aboard the USS Carl Vinson.

"He was just at the beginning of a long and important career," his commanding officer, Capt. Joe Stuyvesant, said in a newsletter for the naval air station in Sicily to which Mr. Collins was assigned.

Mr. Collins was devoted to the Navy, said his sister, Laci Collins of Baltimore.

"He loved the traveling," she said, adding that he had been to Hawaii, Singapore and Australia, among other places. "He really enjoyed that."

A memorial service will be held tomorrow in Sicily. A local service will be scheduled.

In addition to his sister, Mr. Collins is survived by his parents, Cheri and James Collins of Baltimore; his maternal grandparents, Jeanne and Vernon Williams of Baltimore; his paternal grandfather, James Collins Sr. of Baltimore; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

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