Address: 1240 East 9th Street, Rm 355, Cleveland, OH 44199


Mr. Robert A. Edwards is the Site Director, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Cleveland and Client Executive for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and select Federal Agencies. He leads the efforts of more than 2,200 accounting and finance personnel for the Department of Defense. DFAS Cleveland personnel provide pay support to 4 million people, including active duty, reserve and civilian employees of the Navy, Marine Corps, Department of Energy, Health and Human Services and the Broadcast Board of Governors, as well as military retirees and annuitants from all four Service branches. DFAS Cleveland processes over 70 percent of all DFAS disbursements totaling approximately $28 billion a month. Mr. Edwards also oversees the activities of the DFAS Japan network site. Mr. Edwards served as deputy director of the DFAS Cleveland site from July 2012 until he assumed his current position on June 1, 2014.

From April 2010 through July 2012, Mr. Edwards served as the Director of DFAS Japan. He was responsible for leading an organization comprised of 250 U.S. Civilian and Local National employees providing a wide-range of accounting and finance support to all U.S. military branches of Service located throughout Japan and the Western Pacific. From October 2008 through April 2010 Mr. Edwards served as the Deputy Director, Military Pay Operations – Indianapolis (Air Force), where he was responsible for providing accurate and timely military pay support to over 520,000 active, reserve, and guard Air Force members. Prior to that, Mr. Edwards served as DFAS Program Manager for the Wounded Warrior Pay Management Program. In this role, Mr. Edwards had oversight responsibility for the Department of Defense’s pay related efforts and initiatives in support of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who became wounded, ill, or injured while serving our nation in combat.

Mr. Edwards joined DFAS in September 2005 after serving more than 28 years in the U.S. Army. He held numerous Noncommissioned Officer Leadership positions within the U.S. Army Finance Corps culminating with his assignment as Command Sergeant Major, 13th Finance Group, Fort Hood, Texas. He served combat tours during both Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Edwards was awarded the Finance Corps’ Distinguished Member of the Regiment Medallion and earned numerous military awards including the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.

Mr. Edwards has a Bachelor of Science degree from Excelsior College where he graduated with honors. He is a graduate of the Senior Executives Fellows Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the Association of Government Accountants and American Society of Military Comptrollers. He is also a member of the Finance Corps Association, Noncommissioned Officers Association, Association of the United States Army, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He entered into the Senior Executive Service in July 2012.

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