Colonel Eric S. Edwards assumed command of the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity at Fort Jackson on 27 June 2016. His most recent assignment was as the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School/Health Readiness Center of Excellence, JBSA, Texas. COL Edwards enlisted in the Army in 1990, and was commissioned as a Medical Service Corps officer in 1992. He holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Auburn University, a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration with a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Alabama - Birmingham, and a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.
Prior assignments include: Battalion Commander, Brooke Army Medical Center Warrior Transition Battalion, JBSA, Texas; Executive Assistant to The Army Surgeon General and Commanding General, US Army Medical Command, Washington, DC; Deputy Chief of Staff and G8, Pacific Regional Medical Command/Tripler Army Medical Center, Tripler, HI; Deputy Commander and Chief of Operations, Medical Task Force 31 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; Chief, Program Analysis/Evaluation, TRICARE Regional Office West, San Diego, CA; J8, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; Comptroller, Special Programs Branch, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, NC; G8, 44th Medical Command (Airborne) both at Fort Bragg, NC and in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; Chief Financial Officer, Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, GA; Chief, Resource Management TRICARE Europe, Sembach AFB, GE; Instructor, Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam Houston, TX; Company Commander, 41st Combat Support Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, TX; Aide-de-Camp, Assistant Division Commander, 1st Infantry Division; Fort Riley, KS; Executive Officer, Headquarters Company/Division Material Management Center, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS; and Platoon Leader, 1st Battalion, 34th Armor, Fort Riley, KS.
His awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster) the Army Meritorious Service Medal (with five Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), and various service, unit and campaign medals. He is a recipient of the Combat Action Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Aviation Badge, Parachutist Badge and Army Staff Identification Badge. Foreign awards include the Australian and German Parachutist Badges, and the German Schutzenschnur and Armed Forces Military Proficiency Badges. He is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit. In 2003 he was awarded the University of Alabama Healthcare Professionals Scholastic Achievement and Leadership Awards.