Leaders
Sergeant Major, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment
Sergeant Major Michael E. Childs

Sergeant Major Childs was born on 4 August 1977 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on 21 May 1998 and attended Recruit Training at Paris Island, South Carolina. Upon completion, he received training at Marine Combat Training School (MCT), at Camp Johnson. Following MCT, he reported to Military Police School in Fort McClellan, Alabama and upon graduation received the MOS of 5811.

In December 1998, Sergeant Major Childs reported to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Headquarters and Services Company, Security Battalion, Quantico, Virginia. He served as a gate sentry, Patrol Supervisor, and Accident Investigator. In December 1999, Sergeant Major Childs was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Corporal. In August of 1999, Sergeant Major Childs attended a 6 month civilian police academy and was certified as a Virginia state police officer. In April 2001, Sergeant Major Childs became a Brown Belt Instructor after attending a Martial Arts Instructor course. In December 2001, Sergeant Major Childs was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

In December 2001, Sergeant Major Childs received orders to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Provost Marshal’s Office, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. While assigned to his command, Sergeant Major Childs served as the Patrol Supervisor for 1st Platoon, PMO Training NCOIC, PMO Training Chief, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Color Sergeant, Terminal Area Security Officer (3270 Administrator), and Information Systems Coordinator (ISC). In August 2002, Sergeant Major Childs became a 1st Degree Black Belt Instructor Trainer after attending a Martial Arts Instructor Trainer (MAIT) course in Quantico Virginia. Upon graduating the MAIT course, Sergeant Major Childs assumed the duties as the Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Martial Arts instructor for all units within the Squadron. While assigned to this duty, Sergeant Major Childs trained over 600 Marines to various belt levels. In January 2005, Sergeant Major Childs was assigned the billet of Watch Commander for 4th Platoon.

In February of 2006, Sergeant Major Childs was promoted to the rank SSgt.

In July 2007, Sergeant Major Childs received orders to 1st Marine Division, Military Police Company, Bravo Company where he assumed the duties as the Company Gunnery Sergeant.

In September 2007, Sergeant Major Childs received TAD orders to RCT-5 where he served as the Information Operations Chief. In January 2008, Sergeant Major Childs deployed to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq RCT-5 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the RCT-5. While deployed to Iraq, Sergeant Major Childs was tasked with being the Platoon Sergeant for a Provisional Rifle Platoon of 43 Marines with mixed MOS's, with a mission of ensuring that Cop Timber Wolf was not overrun by Insurgents, establishing a military presence in the area, and providing fixed site security for the building of a bridge for transport of heavy equipment.

In July 2008, Sergeant Major Childs received orders for the 1-09 class at the School of Infantry West. Sergeant Major Childs spent a year and a half in the Marine Combat Training BN, Hotel Company before becoming the Chief Instructor of SOI West Martial Arts Instructor course. Sergeant Major Childs conducted (13) Martial Arts Instructor courses while in this billet, certifying over 250 Marines to various instructor certified belt levels. In October 2009, Sergeant Major Childs was the recipient of the Combat Instructor of the Quarter. In April 2010, Sergeant Major Childs was promoted to 2nd degree Martial Arts Instructor Trainer.

In August 2010, Sergeant Major Childs was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant after being selected as the Marine Combat Instructor of the year for the Marine Corps.

In July 2012, Sergeant Major Childs was promoted to 3rd degree Martial Arts Instructor Trainer.

In January 2013, Sergeant Major Childs received orders to 1st MEF, MHG, MP Support Company, where he assumed the duties as the Company Gunnery Sergeant for H&S Company and Bravo Company aiding in the transition of standing up 1st Law Enforcement BN. He also assumed the duties as the Command Physical Training Representative (CPTR) responsible for the Body Composition Program bringing more than 15 Marines back to within Marine Corps body composition standards.

In October 2013, Sergeant Major Childs received orders to the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MCMWTC), Marine Corps Police Department (MCPD) where he served as the Provost Sergeant. While assigned to this duty, Sergeant Major Childs was appointed as the Installation Accreditation Manager where he aided in the process of attaining accreditation for the MCMWTC MCPD.

In March 2014, Sergeant Major Childs was frocked to the rank of First Sergeant and received orders to 1st Battalion, 12th Marines where he served as the Battery Sergeant Major for Battery C. In December 2015, Sergeant Major Childs deployed to Okinawa Japan in support of the Unit Deployed Program where he participated in Balikatan in the Philippines and Cobra Gold in Thailand.

In October 2015, Sergeant Major Childs promoted to 4th degree Martial Arts Instructor Trainer.

In December 2015, Sergeant Major Childs was transferred from 1st Battalion, 12th Marines Battery C to Headquarters Battery where he participated in (2) ITX, was the acting Sergeant Major on many occasions, and conducted more than 100 hours of MCMAP training to Marines and Sailors of various ranks.

In March of 2017, Sergeant Major Childs received orders to 1st Maintenance Battalion, CLR-15, I MEF, Headquarters and Service Company where he held the billet of H&S Company First Sergeant.  In June of 2017, after completing SEPME, Sergeant Major Childs was transferred to Motor Transport Maintenance Company where he held the billet of MTM Company First Sergeant.

In March of 2018, Sergeant Major Childs was frocked to his current rank and received orders to 2nd Battalion 11th Marines where he currently serves as the Battalion Sergeant Major. 

Sergeant Major Childs' personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal in lieu of 3rd award (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in lieu of 4th award (4), Good Conduct Medal (6), Iraqi Campaign Medal (1), Certificate of Commendations (3), Certificate of Appreciation (1), Letter of Commendation (2), Meritorious Mast (2) and Letter of Appreciation (8).