December 31st, 2010
DENVER - Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper announced today Maj. Gen. Michael Edwards will be Executive Director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
Edwards currently serves in this role in Gov. Bill Ritter?s cabinet. He is also the Adjutant General for Colorado and is responsible for the command administration of more than 5,500 Colorado Army and Air National Guard members.
"Gen. Edwards will continue to be a strong voice for veterans in Colorado who have proudly served our country," Hickenlooper said. "He is an experienced leader and Colorado is fortunate to have him in command of the Colorado Army and Air National Guard."
Edwards oversees the Colorado National Guard?s primary missions of national defense and state emergency response. In addition, he is responsible for supporting the missions of the Civil Air Patrol?s Colorado Wing, consisting of more than 2,500 volunteers.
"It is truly an honor and a privilege to be offered the opportunity of continued service to our state?s Veterans and our Colorado National Guard as a member of Gov.-elect Hickenlooper?s team," Edwards said.
Edwards was commissioned a Second Lieutenant upon graduation in 1973 from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He attended undergraduate pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, and earned his pilot wings in 1974. He served as an F-4 Pilot and AT-38 Fighter Lead-in Instructor Pilot at Osan Air Base, Korea, and Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., respectively.
Edwards joined the Colorado Air National Guard in 1980. He has served in numerous assignments in flying and operations, as well as command positions at squadron, group and wing levels. He also served as Combat Air Operations Center Director, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, from May to June 2003. Edwards is a command pilot with more than 4,600 military flight hours, including 135 combat hours. He has flown the A-7, AT-38, C-21, F-4, F-16, T-37 and T-38 aircraft.
Edwards was appointed by Gov. Ritter in 2007 to lead the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.