Major General Carroll D. Childers assumed command of the 29th Infantry Division (Light) on 1 August 1996. As the Commanding General of the only light division in the Reserve Components, he exercises command and control over units in Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey, with an authorized strength of 11,195 personnel.
Major General Carroll D. Childers was commissioned a second lieutenant, Armor, in August 1964 upon graduation from the Virginia Army National Guard Officer Candidate School. The General is a graduate of the US Army Ranger Course and holds the Expert Infantry Badge. Prior to his present assignment, he commanded the 3rd Battalion 116th Infantry, Virginia Army National Guard Troop Command, 2nd Brigade 29th Infantry Division, and served as Deputy Commander 29th Infantry Division. He also held senior staff positions at state headquarters level including Assistant Adjutant General and Commander, Virginia State Area Command.