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Major General H. Michael Edwards, Executive Director

Date appointed: 12/31/10

Senate Committee hearing date: 2/2/11

Senate Committee hearing vote: Passed Committee vote - 5-0

Senate vote date: TBD

Senate vote: TBD

Salary: $146,040


"Gen. Edwards will continue to be a strong voice for veterans in Colorado who have proudly served our country,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said. “He is an experienced leader and Colorado is fortunate to have him in command of the Colorado Army and Air National Guard."


Maj. Gen. Michael Edwards serves as The Adjutant General and Executive Director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. He is the primary advisor for military and veterans issues for the State. Edwards was first appointed Adjutant General by former Gov. Bill Ritter and reappointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2011 to lead the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.


Edwards oversees the Colorado National Guard’s primary missions of national defense and state emergency response. He is responsible for supporting the missions of the Civil Air Patrol’s Colorado Wing, consisting of more than 2,000 volunteers and cadets.


During his nearly seven years of active duty service, Edwards earned his wings at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, served as an F-4 pilot at Osan Air Base, Korea and Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., and completed his active duty service as an AT-38 Fighter Lead-in Instructor Pilot at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.


Edwards joined the Colorado Air National Guard in 1980 as a traditional Guard member and later became a full-time member in 1992. He has served in numerous assignments in flying and operations, as well command positions at squadron, group, and wing levels. During Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, he served as the Director, Combined Air Operations Center, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar from May to June 2003.


Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation. Edwards is a command pilot with more than 4,600 military flight hours including 135 combat hours. Edwards also serves as the Vice Chair – Air, Adjutants General Association of the United States and serves as an appointed member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board.


About the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs:

Led by the Adjutant General, the Department administers both the State’s Divisions of Military Affairs and Division of Veterans Affairs. The Division of Military Affairs is responsible for the command and administration of approximately 5,500 Colorado Army and Air National Guard members. The Division of Veterans Affairs is the State agency mandated to assist Colorado’s 420,000 veterans and their family members in securing benefits they are entitled to because of service in the military.