Edward Andrews was born on September 9, 1944, in Quantico, Virginia. He graduated from the US Military Academy and was commissioned as an Infantry officer in 1966. From 1966 to 1968, he served with the 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and in South Vietnam. After becoming an Ordnance officer and earning master degrees in industrial and mechanical engineering at Stanford University, he served from 1971 to 1972 as Mechanical Engineer Test Director, Electronics and Fire Control Branch, Materiel Test Directorate, Test and Evaluation Command (TECOM), Aberdeen Proving Ground.
From 1972 to 1975, Andrews served as aide-de-camp to the Commanding General and then as systems project officer in the US Army Tank-Automotive Command, Warren, Michigan. From 1976 to 1979, he served in several important staff positions in the 200th Materiel Management Center in Germany. From 1979 to 1982, he served in the 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Polk as Commander of the Division Materiel Management Center, then as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4, and subsequently as Deputy Chief of Staff.
Andrews returned to Germany from 1982 to 1985 to command the 3rd Supply and Transportation Battalion in the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized). Then he attended the US Army War College and served as Associate Director for National Strategic Studies from 1986 to 1987. In 1987, he returned to the 5th Infantry Division to command the Division Support Command. He set the standard for readiness by successfully completing all Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercises and National Training Center rotations.
From 1989 to 1990, Andrews served as Assistant Division Commander for Support in the 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Riley. Highlighting his tour was the successful deployment of the division to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield. In December 1990, he became the Chief of Staff of the 2nd Corps Support Command which was responsible for supporting VII Corps during combat operations in Operation Desert Storm. In this capacity, he led a staff of more than 400 personnel, coordinating the support provided by the command’s 26,000 Soldiers.
Following a brief assignment as the Assistant Commandant for the US Army Ordnance Center and School, Andrews took command of the 19th Support Command in December 1991. This command was comprised of 11,000 Soldiers, civilians, and local nationals and responsible for base operations support for more than 100 Army installations in Korea.
From 1993 to 1994, Andrews assumed duties as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, for the US Army in Europe. His staff of more than 150 managed a mission and base operations support budget of $556 million. He also planned and coordinated the US Army’s Prepositioned Afloat project and insured timely support for forces and humanitarian aid earmarked for Bosnia-Herzegovina. When he returned to the states in 1994, Andrews took command of the US Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), with 10,000 military and civilian employees and a $6 billion budget. His reforms to the acquisition process resulted in long-term savings of $2.13 billion and reduced administrative procurement lead-times by 101 days.
In 1997, Andrews took command of the US Army Test and Evaluation Command (TECOM) and Aberdeen Proving Ground. TECOM’s ten test centers and activities had a workforce of more than 10,000 personnel and a budget of $1 billion. He expanded and modernized TECOM’s test facilities and ranges while providing the best in community support programs for his Soldiers. Major General Andrews retired in 1999 after 33 years of dedicated service as a commander, leader, and manager.