CSM Akins was born in Belleville, Illinois, is a graduate of Belleville Township West High School and has an Associate Degree of Applied Science from Belleville Area College and a certificate of achievement in Law Enforcement. He is a graduate of the United States Sergeants Major Academy, Resident Course Class 40.
CSM Virgil T. Akins serves as the ESC Command Sergeant Major, 310th ESC, in Indianapolis IN, his CSM assignments include: CSM 3rd Brigade-85th Div, CSM 2nd SIM Group-85th Div, CSM Battle Projection Group-85th Div, CSM 1st Brigade-85th Div, 334th Med Group and CSM Task Force Med Eagle, SFOR -14 Bosnia, and CSM 300th MP BDE and deployed in support of OIF 10/07-11/08, his last assignment was with the 645th RSG deploying in support of OEF 05/11- 04/12.
CSM Akins has recently retired from the Defense Logistics Information Service in Battle Creek, Michigan and serves as a Logistics Analyst. He has worked for the US Government for 36 years.
CSM Akins awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal (3rd Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 campaign stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (1 campaign star), NATO Medal (Bosnia), NATO Medal (ISAF), , Armed Forces Reserve Medal(w/M Device, numeral 3 and gold hour glass), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (4th award) , Army Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral 2), Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (4rd Award), Meritorious Unit Citation (300th MP BDE), Combat Action Badge.