Brig. Gen. Dwayne R. Edwards assumed the duties of Deputy Commanding General of the 99th Regional Support Command on Nov. 5, 2012. Prior to his current duty assignment, BG Edwards was the Commanding General of the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) in Rochester, N.Y., since June 4, 2010.
Edwards enlisted in the Arkansas Army National Guard on Sept. 12, 1978, just after beginning his senior year of high school. He attended basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in the summer of 1979 and advanced individual training at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., in the summer of 1980. He was awarded the military occupational skill of 44E, machinist.
He was selected to attend the Arkansas Military Academy in 1981 and was commissioned a second lieutenant of Infantry in March 1982, graduating from Fort Benning’s Infantry Officer Basic Course that summer. For the next four years, Lt. Edwards served in a variety of junior infantry officer assignments. From 1986 to 1988, he served in the 95th Division (Training) at Stillwater, Okla., as a training officer and commander of an Initial Entry Training company. In 1988, he transferred to the 362nd Psychological Operations Company in Fayetteville, Ark., earning promotions to captain and major and was later selected to command the unit.
Maj. Edwards then moved to Lexington, Ky., in 1994 and served as assistant S-3 of the 2085th USARF School at Lexington and later as S-3 of the newly formed 9th Battalion, 100th Division (Institutional Training) at Nashville, Tenn. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 2001 and was selected as the S-3 of the 6th Brigade, 100th Division (Institutional Training) at Louisville, Ky., and later as commander, 4th Battalion, 399th Regiment, 100th Division (Institutional Training) at Fort Knox, Ky. Edwards was promoted to colonel in 2005 and was selected as commander of the 80th Division’s 7th Brigade located at Salem, Va. His follow-on assignment in 2007 was as Deputy Chief of Staff, G-7, in the newly designated 80th Training Command (TASS) at Richmond, Va.
He was nominated by President Barack Obama on May 12, 2009 to be a general officer, assigned to the 108th Training Command (IET) located at Charlotte, N.C. as Deputy Commanding General on May 18, 2009, and confirmed for promotion by the United States Senate on June 19, 2009.
Edwards is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Psychological Operations Officer Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, US Army Command and General Staff Course and the US Army War College, from which he was awarded a Masters degree in Strategic Studies. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.