Major Sharon Edens, a native of Eaton, Ohio began her military career in January 1997 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served five years enlisted in human resources at duty stations that included Korea, Oklahoma, and Colorado. A 2002 graduate of the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, she commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers with her first duty as the Battalion S3 Training Officer for the 565th Engineer Battalion in Hanau, Germany. She then served as Platoon Leader in the 502nd Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge) in Tikrit, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom I conducting combat river patrols, and was the active Army-wide runner up in 2004 for the Grizzly, an award given to the best Engineer Platoon Leader. After returning from deployment, she served as the Support Platoon Leader in the same company, then as the Executive Officer in the 320th Engineer Company (Corps)(Topographic), and finally as the Battalion S4, deactivating the battalion in 2005. While at Fort Leonard Wood, she served as an Instructor/Writer at the United States Army Engineer School, S3 of the 169th Engineer Battalion, and commanded Bravo Company in the same battalion. In her most recent deployment from 2009-2010 she served as an Operations Officer for HQ, US Forces Afghanistan – Engineers. She is married and has a family of five boys.
PL300: Military Leadership
PL384: Sociological Theory
PL482: Armed Forces and Society
MAJ Edens’ current research interests are military sociology, military families, identity, and veterans.