Lieutenant Colonel Richard T. Childers was commissioned an Engineer Officer from Georgia Military College in 1999 through the ROTC Early Commissioning Program. Upon commissioning he joined the Georgia Army National Guard where he served as a Mechanized Infantry Platoon Leader in Bravo Company 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment. During his time in the National Guard, he completed his education at Mercer University in Macon Georgia, earning a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Engineering in 2003. Following graduation he entered the active duty Army attending the Engineer Officer Basic Course (EOBC). Following EOBC, he was assigned to the 62nd Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), Fort Hood, Texas where he served as an Assistant Training Officer, Executive Officer, Assistant Operation Officer and finally the Battalion Civil Engineer in Baghdad, Iraq during OIF 05-07. Lieutenant Colonel Childers completed Engineer Captains Career Course (ECCC) in 2008. Following ECCC, he passed the Principles and Practice of Engineer Exam and is currently a licensed Civil Engineer in the state of Missouri. Lieutenant Colonel Childers also graduated the Missouri University of Science and Technology with a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering. Following ECCC, he was assigned to the 555th Engineer Brigade, Fort Lewis, Washington where he served as the Officer in Charge and Contacting Officer’s Representative in charge of Multi National Command-Iraq’s (MNC-I) Regional Construction Material (CL IV) yard during OIF 08-10. From 2009-2011, Lieutenant Colonel Childers commanded the 570th Sapper Company, 14th Combat Engineer Battalion, Fort Lewis Washington, charged with resetting the unit from Iraq and preparing them to deploy and execute a route clearance mission in southwestern Afghanistan.
In 2011, Lieutenant Colonel Childers completed a Joint Multi-National, Corps level Assignment as ISAF Joint Command (IJC) C-IED Branch Deputy responsible for developing and monitoring Afghan Army and Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams and coordination of Coalition intelligence/targeting efforts to attack the insurgent IED network. In 2012, Lieutenant Colonel Childers’ served as a staff officer in the Science and Technology Division of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis Virginia. During 2015-2016, Lieutenant Colonel Childers served as Battalion Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment and Brigade Operations Officer (S-3) 165th Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
In 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Childers served as Task Force Engineer, Joint Task Force Bravo, Soto Cano Airbase Honduras; U.S. Southern Command’s lead forward element in the Central America region to promote stability and security and counter transnational and trans-regional threat networks. In July 2017 Lieutenant Colonel Childers assumed his current position as Deputy Commander, Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Lieutenant Colonel Childers’ military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Lieutenant Colonel Childers’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.
Lieutenant Colonel Childers and his wife Camellia have one son, Hunter (12) and one daughter, Kendall (10).
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Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Commendation Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Achievement Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Humanitarian Service Medal
Combat Action Badge