A native of High Point, North Carolina, Lieutenant Colonel Edwards enlisted into the US Marine Corps in 2001 and was assigned the MOS of 2311 (Ammunition Technician). His first duty station was Ammunition Company, Greenville, SC, 4th SupBn 4th FSSG. He was stationed there until June 2003. He graduated from Western Carolina University in May 2003, with a BSBA in Business Administration and Law. Upon graduation, he went PTAD to recruiter’s assistance as a Corporal. In June 2004, he attended OCS and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August 2004.
After completing The Basic School in Quantico, VA and the Basic Engineer Officer Course in Camp Lejeune, N.C., he received orders to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion in Camp Lejeune, NC in July 2005. He served as the S-3 Training Officer and then was assigned as 2nd Platoon Commander, Charlie Company, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion. He deployed his platoon to OIF 06-08.1 to Habbaniyah, Iraq, Al Anbar Province ISO 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines in 2007. 1stLt Edwards returned to Camp Lejeune and assumed command of H&S Company, 2d Combat Engineer Battalion from the end of 2007 to early 2008. Upon change of command in January of 2008, he assumed command as the Inspector-Instructor, Bridge Company Bravo in Folsom, PA. He served in this billet from 2008 to June 2010. In June 2010 he was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB), Camp Pendleton, Ca. Upon arriving at 1st CEB, he deployed with 1st MarDiv as the Task Force Leatherneck CIED OIC ISO Operation Enduring Freedom 10.2. Upon return from deployment in May 2011 he assumed command of Company C, 1st CEB. He deployed his company to OEF 12.1 with Regimental Combat Team 6 from January 2012 to Sept 2012. Following relinquishment of command, he served as the S-4 Officer, 1st CEB until February 2013 and the 1st MarDiv Deputy G-3 Plans Officer until summer 2013. From Aug 2013- May 2014, he attended the United States Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School. After his school assignment, he served as the N5 Plans officer and Strike fires officer for the Surface Mine Warfare Development Center, San Diego, Ca. He served in this billet from May 2014-July 2015. He was then assigned as the Battalion Executive Officer, Combat Logistics Batallion-11 from July 2015- Sept 2017. While serving as the Battalion XO he deployed ISO the 11th MEU. In October 2017, he was assigned as the Regimental Operations Officer for CLR-17, 1st Marine Logistics Group. He served in this billet until July 2018. He attended Intermediate Level School/JPME I at the United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. In July 2019 LtCol Edwards was assigned to USCENTCOM where he served as the Executive Officer to the Director of Operations, USCENTCOM.
LtCol Edwards, personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/three gold stars and Combat “V,” Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/1 gold star and Combat “V,” and the Combat Action Ribbon w/1 gold star.