First Sergeant Eldredge is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He enlisted into the United States Marine Corps on 8 January 2002 and completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon graduation as a Private First Class, he reported to Marine Combat Training (MCT), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Upon completion of MCT, he obtained his initial Military Occupational Specialty of 6173, Helicopter Crew Chief and attended Helicopter Mechanic School at Marine Corps Air Station, New River, North Carolina. Private First Class Eldredge reported to HMT-302 in September 2002 for training as a Helicopter Crew Chief on the CH-53E Super Stallion. While at HMT-302, Private First Class Eldredge was promoted to Lance Corporal and in February 2003, he reported to HMH-461 “Ironhorse” aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. While assigned to HMH-461, Lance Corporal Eldredge executed four deployments in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Lance Corporal Eldredge was promoted to the rank of Corporal while deployed in the Horn of Africa and was later meritoriously promoted to the rank of Sergeant in February 2005. Sergeant Eldredge attended Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One in August 2005 for training as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor for the CH-53E. Sergeant Eldredge graduated from Weapons and Tactics Instructor School and deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in September 2006. Sergeant Eldredge reelinsted and upon return from deployment, was assigned to Fleet Readiness Center East (FRC) aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina in June 2007. While assigned to FRC East, he served as the H-53 Assistant Program Manager, performing Functional Check Flights following Depot facility repair of H-53 Navy and Marine Corps Helicopters. Sergeant Eldredge was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in July 2007. In November 2009, Staff Sergeant Eldredge was screened and found qualified for a special duty assignment with Marine Corps Embassy Security Group (MCESG). He reported to MCESG in January 2010 and served as a Detachment Commander for Marine Security Guard Detachment Luanda, Angola from April 2010 to July 2011. Staff Sergeant Eldredge was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant in July 2011. He served his second tour of duty as a Detachment Commander with Marine Security Guard Detachment Lisbon, Portugal from July 2011 to March 2013. In April 2013, Gunnery Sergeant Eldredge reported to HMH-366 “Hammerheads”, aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina where he served as the Flight Line Division Chief. In July 2014, Gunnery Sergeant Eldredge deployed with HMH-366 to Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. After being frocked to First Sergeant in January 2015, he executed orders to 2d Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina served as a Company First Sergeant for Headquarters and Service Company and Golf Company and deployed with the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit. In March 2017 he executed orders and reported to Detachment Delta, Anchorage, Alaska, 4th Law Enforcement Battalion, Force Headquarters Group and is currently serving as an Inspector Instructor First Sergeant. First Sergeant Eldredge’s personal awards include the Air Medal with individual action and four strike flight awards, Navy Commendation Medal with three Gold Stars, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars.