Upon graduation from the George Washington University, Colonel Edwards attended Officer Candidate School. She graduated as the platoon honor graduate and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August 1998. She is currently serving as the Combat Logistics Regiment 27 Commanding Officer.
Colonel Edwards had the honor of commanding at many levels. She has served as a Platoon Commander, Company N, The Basic School,; Platoon Commander, 9th Engineer Support Battalion; Combat Service Support Detachment-35 (Philippines) Commander; Engineer Detachment Commander, MEU Service Support Group-31, 31st MEU; Engineer Operations Company Commander, Marine Wing Support Squadron-371; Commanding Officer, Company B, 8th Engineer Support Battalion; Engineer Company Commander, Combat Logistics Battalion-6; Commanding Officer, Recruiting Station Charleston, West Virginia; and Commanding Officer, 8th Engineer Support Battalion.
Colonel Edward's staff assignments include: Executive officer, Company A, 9th Engineer Support Battalion; Operations Officer, 8th Engineer Support Battalion; Operations and Engineer Officer, Combat Logistics Regiment-2; and Information Operations Officer, I Marine Expeditionary Force. For her joint tour, she served as the Military Assistant to the Deputy Under and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense.
In the Supporting Establishment, Colonel Edwards served as a company grade assignment officer in Manpower and Reserve Affairs and as an academics instructor, Officer Candidate School.
Colonel Edwards deployed in 2003 and again in 2008 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2009-2010, she deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Colonel Edwards is a graduate of The Basic School, Combat Engineer Officer's Course (honor graduate and leadership award), Tactical Logistics Officer Course, and Expeditionary Warfare School (with honors). She holds a B.A. in Radio and Television Production from The George Washington University (magna cum laude), an M.A. in Leadership Studies from Marshall University, an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College (with distinction), and an M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
She is a recipient of the Navy League's 2010 Captain Winfred Quick Collins Awards for inspirational Leadership and is a Kentucky Colonel. Her personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three stars in lieu of fourth award, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat "V" device and three stars in lieu of fourth award, and the Combat Action Ribbon.