Col. John Edwards

Colonel John Edwards

Commander, 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota

Col. John Edwards is commander of the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, the largest B-1 combat wing in the U.S. Air Force, with 27 aircraft and more than 3,800 military and civilian members.

Colonel Edwards graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1995, where he was a member of ROTC. He earned his navigator wings and naval flight officer rating from Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida, in 1996. He served in various key positions including as an Air Force Intern (rotations on the Joint Staff J-3 and U.S. Air Force Headquarters Checkmate Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom), action officer on the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff Executive Action Group, weapons school instructor, wing chief of safety, commanded the 96th Bomb Squadron to include a deployment supporting U.S. Pacific Command and director of the Joint Staff Innovation Group.

Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Edwards was the commander of the 479th Flying Training Group at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida. In that capacity, he led four squadrons, 800 personnel and 45 T-6 Texan II and T-1A Jayhawk aircraft that trained Combat Systems Officers for the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve Command and Air National Guard. The group also trained over 325 electronic warfare specialists for the Defense Department and 23 allied countries every year and supported 1,500 Air Force personnel stationed in the Pensacola area.

Colonel Edwards is a master combat systems officer with more than 2,450 flight hours including 237 combat hours accrued during Operations Allied Force and Enduring Freedom.

Speaking: November 27 - "Current EMSO Warfighting Applications"