Former Adjutant General of Colorado. He was responsible for the command administration of 4,500 Colorado Army and Air National Guard members. He also served as the Executive Director of the Department of Military & Veterans Affairs and is a member of the Governor’s cabinet.
The General graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant upon graduation on 6 June 1973. He attended undergraduate pilot training at Reese AFB, Texas, and earned his pilot wings in September 1974. He served as an F-4 pilot and AT-38 fighter lead-in instructor pilot at Osan AB, Korea and Holloman AFB, New Mexico, respectively.
The General joined the Colorado Air National Guard in August 1980 where he held the positions of Squadron Scheduler, Wing Standardization/Evaluation Officer, Fighter Squadron Operations Officer, Fighter Squadron Commander, Operations Group Commander, and Wing Vice Commander. In September of 2002 he was appointed as the 140th Wing Commander and served in that position until May 2007. He also served as Combined Air Operations Center Commander, Al Udeid AB, Qatar from May-June 2003. Governor Bill Ritter appointed General Edwards to the position of The Adjutant General of Colorado in May 2007.
Major General Edwards is a command pilot with more than 4200 military flight hours, including 142 combat hours. He has flown the T-37, T-38, AT-38, F-4D/E, A-7D/K, and F-16C/D aircraft. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters and the Southwest Asia Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster.
General Edwards and his wife, Laury, have two children, Sarah and James.