Per the release, Edwards, of Equinunk, PA, has led special operations forces throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia. Edwards has deployed twice to Afghanistan, three times to Iraq, and spent a year in Bahrain, where he established a regional task force and directed special operations in its area of responsibility, which included unstable regions of Africa and the Middle East.
Edwards’ most recent operational assignments have included a Task Unit Commander and operations officer for an unspecified unit. He has also been awarded multiple military decorations, including the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon, according to the White House.
Edwards received a Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) in Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy, and a Masters in Public Policy (M.P.P.) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. It was not specified where Edwards would serve in the White House, though past SEALs have served on the National Security Council, among other positions.