Fort Benning

U.S. Army Fort Benning and The Maneuver Center of Excellence


MCoE Official Bio

Lieutenant Colonel Yolanda M. Edwards Garrison Commander the Commanding General Maneuver Center of Excellence

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Lieutenant Colonel Yolanda M. Edwards 
Garrison Commander,
Fort Benning

Lieutenant Colonel Yolanda M. Edwards was born in Long Island, NY. She completed undergraduate studies at Troy University and graduate studies at Webster University where she earned a Masters in Leadership and Management. Lieutenant Colonel Edwards enlisted as a Corrections Specialist in 1993 and served in a variety of positions in the Military Police Corps culminating as Branch Chief until she received her Commission in 2003 through Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Her assignments include Platoon Leader, 988th MP CO, Fort Benning Georgia; Company Commander, 67th MP CO, JBLM, Washington; Operations Officer, West Point, New York; Provost Marshal, USAG-Yongsan, Korea; Plans Officer, ARCENT (OCP) Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Operations Chief, USARAF, Vicenza, Italy; Executive Officer, Southern California Recruiting Battalion, Mission Viejo, California; Law Enforcement Chief, 8th Army, Camp Humphreys South Korea, Provost Marshal, Fort Benning, GA and currently serves as the Acting Garrison Commander, Fort Benning GA.

Lieutenant Colonel Edwards deployed as a Company Commander with the 67th MP Company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and with the ARCENT Staff as a Plans Officer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Lieutenant Colonel Edwards is a graduate of the following military schools; MP Officer’s Basic and Career Courses, Domestic Violence Intervention Course, Airlift Planner Course, Area NBC Defense Course, Battle Staff Course, Joint Planners Course, ILE Resident Course, and Crime Analyst & Criminal Intelligence Course.

Her distinguished awards include the Unit Superior Award; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC); Army Accommodation Medal (4 OLC); and Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC).

Lieutenant Colonel Edwards is married to CSM (RET) Robert Edwards Jr. of Columbus, Georgia and together they have seven children and five grandchild. Her hobbies include cycling, cooking, reading and spending quality time with her family.