Chiefs of Signal
Major General Leo M. Childs
1988 - 1990
Leo Matthew Childs was born on 20 September 1936, in Needham, Massachusetts. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Northeastern University and a Master's degree in International Relations from Georgetown University. MG Childs' military education includes the Signal School, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.
In May 1960, Childs became the Communications Center Officer and later Officer in Charge, Facilities Control and later Traffic Branch, US Army Primary Signal Relay Center, US Army Europe.
In October 1962, he was the Fixed Station Radio Officer, 4th Signal Group, US Army Europe. From November 1963 to March 1964, Childs served as Chief, Communications Center, US Army Europe Signal Center. In December 1964, he assumed command of Company B, 82d Signal Battalion, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg.
In March 1966, he became the Operations Officer, 362d Signal Company 41st Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade, US Army Vietnam. In April 1967, Childs returned to Fort Bragg as Wire Officer, Signal Section, later Signal Operations Officer, XVIII Airborne Corps.
Other assignments include: Assistant Signal Officer, 1st Infantry Division, later II Field Force, US Army Vietnam; Plans Officer, Communications Systems Directorate, later Assistant Executive Officer to the Assistant Chief of Staff for Communications-Electronics, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Communications-Electronics, US Army; Chief of Professional Development, Signal Branch, US Army Military Personnel Center and Personnel Management Officer, Lieutenant Colonel's Division, Officer Personnel Directorate; Commander, 82d Signal Battalion, 82d Airborne Division and Commander, 35th Signal Group, Fort Bragg; Assistant Deputy Director for Engineering, Joint Tactical Communications Office, Fort Monmouth; Chief of Staff/Deputy Commander, later Deputy Commander/Assistant Commandant, USASC&FG; Deputy Controller, Central Operating Authority, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe; Commanding General, 5th Signal Command/Deputy Chief of Staff for Information Management, US Army Europe/Seventh Army; and Deputy Commanding General, USAISC. On 3 June 1988, MG Childs assumed command of the United States Army Signal Center and Fort Gordon. On 18 May 1990, he relinquished command of the Signal Center to BG Robert E. Gray.
MG Childs' awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with two Leaf Clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Master Parachutist Badge, and Army General Staff Identification Badge.