Command Sgt. Maj. Ernest Babbs, Jr. is a native of Macon, Georgia. Babbs enlisted in the United States Army in 1993. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training in Maryland and was awarded the military occupational specialty for 63B, light wheel vehicle mechanic.
Babbs’ first assignment was with 507th Maintenance Company, 2/7 Air Defense Artillery at Fort Bliss, Texas. In 2001, after several years at Fort Bliss, a reclassification to 14E- patriot fire control enhanced operator, and two overseas tours, he was assigned to the Portland Recruiting Battalion as a detailed recruiter. During his tenure in Oregon, Babbs re-classed to MOS 79R. In 2007, he was assigned to the Miami Recruiting Battalion as a large station commander. After two years in Florida, he was selected and re-assigned to a Special Missions Unit at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 2012, Babbs was assigned to the New England Recruiting Battalion as the North Shore Recruiting Company first sergeant. In 2014, Babbs went back to Fort Bliss to work as the senior guidance counselor at the El Paso Military Entrance Processing Station, under the Phoenix Recruiting Battalion. In 2014, he transitioned to the El Paso Recruiting Company, once again in the role of first sergeant. Babbs began the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy in August 2017 and was part of the Class of 68 graduating class. Upon graduation from USASMA, he became the Nashville Recruiting Battalion operations sergeant major. Babbs is currently the Chicago Recruiting Battalion command sergeant major.
Babbs’ awards, decorations and achievements include; the Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), the Joint Services Commendation Medal (1 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), National defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (4) and the Overseas Service Ribbon. In addition to his civilian education, Babbs has completed the Airborne, Air Assault, Senior Guidance Counselor and SERE courses, all required noncommissioned officer professional development courses and the Pre-Command Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Babbs is married to his wife, Kelley, and has three children, A’lexis (24), Sy (19) and Ava (13) and a dog, Mojo. Babbs’ son Sy is currently serving in the United States Army Reserves while attending the University of Texas at El Paso.