Meet Our: Brian Edwards

Published April 8, 2020
Brian Edwards

Brian Edwards was recently selected as the chief of the Interagency and International Support Branch.

Explain your job in three sentences.
The Interagency & International Support Branch provides excellent support to our military and other federal agency partners. We provide construction support to include sustainment, renovation, and modernization (SRM) and new construction. We also provide services to keep facilities maintained and operational such as preventive maintenance, repairs and facilities investment services (things like grounds maintenance, custodial, pest control and waste removal).

What is the most unique thing you bring to the District?
Before working for the government, I was a manufacturing engineer. I bring production experience and tools that help me focus on process improvements within our branch and how we provide for our customers.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Providing results for our military and federal agency partners. It is very satisfying to be engaged in construction, renovation and maintenance of customer facilities, but hearing about the impact we make to their mission and for them personally is the best reward.

Highlight a notable milestone or memory in your career.
My first major project for USACE was as project manager for the Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters in New Orleans, LA. The project was executed by the State of Louisiana with support from the Charleston and New Orleans Districts, NAVFAC and SPAWAR. The Charleston District acted as the integrator for all agencies and contractors involved. It was a tough project with a tight timeframe but our team met the challenge and delivered on time. The ribbon cutting was attended by the governor, congressmen, and the South Atlantic Division commander at the time. Receiving his thanks and command coin after the ribbon cutting was a huge highlight!

What goals do you have for your career at the Charleston District?
As branch chief, my focus is now on both our customers and our people. I intend to maintain the extremely high level of customer satisfaction the Charleston District provides while seeking out new work opportunities. I will also focus on right-sizing our workforce, improving our processes and empowering our excellent people.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I’m married with three kids, love the outdoors and enjoy woodworking in my spare time.