CSM Paul A. Edwards
Command Sergeant Major Paul Edwards, the senior enlisted Soldier of the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), was born and raised in Haverhill, Massachusetts and moved to South Burlington, Vermont in 1988 after graduating from the University of Massachusetts where he earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science. He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1981 and attended basic training at Ft Dix, NJ and advanced training at the Infantry school at Ft Benning, GA as an 11 series Infantryman.
He was initially assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry and later attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as an Infantry second lieutenant in 1983. CSM Edwards served in a variety of assignments as a commissioned officer, including rifle platoon leader, heavy mortar platoon leader, company executive officer, and company commander. He also held staff positions in the Personnel (S-1), Intelligence (S-2), and Logistics (S-4) sections. After his commissioned service he returned to the enlisted ranks and served as a rifle squad leader, mortar squad leader, drill sergeant, operations sergeant, Army ROTC instructor, 11B NCOES chief instructor, company first sergeant, and battalion command sergeant major.
CSM Edwards has served in the 182nd, 304th, and 172nd Infantry regiments. He has served combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005, and in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010.
CSM Edwards' military schools include: Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Mortar Platoon Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Army Mountain Warfare School, Drill Sergeant School, Air Assault School, Total Army Instructor Training Course, Small Group Instructor Training Course, the First Sergeant's Course, the Sergeants Major Academy, and the Command Sergeants Major course.
His decorations include: the Bronze Star medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement medal, the Army Good Conduct medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit award, the Valorous Unit award, the Combat Infantryman's badge, the Combat Action badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Ram's Head device, the Driver and Mechanic badge, and the Drill Sergeant Identification badge.
CSM Edwards has five children, Paul, Jr, Meaghan, Peter, Claudia, and Gretchen.