LtCol Hawkins graduated from Ohio State University in June of 2003 and entered the Officer Candidates Course in fall of 2003 graduating 12 December 2003. Upon graduation from Officer Candidate School 2ndLt Hawkins reported to the Basic School (TBS) and graduated in July of 2004. Following TBS he reported to Marine Aviation Training Group Pensacola for pilot training, and was designated a Naval Aviator in May of 2006.
In December 2006, 1stLt Hawkins reported to HMH-461. In January 2008, Capt Hawkins deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to the Horn of Africa. During this deployment Capt Hawkins served as the Airframes Division Officer and was designated as an aircraft commander. Upon return to MCAS New River Capt Hawkins was part of a detachment from HMH-461, which was assigned to VMM-263(REIN), in support of the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit. Capt Hawkins participated in many exercises to include Inspired Nautilus, Pakistan and Bright Star, Egypt, where he served as the detachment Director of Safety and Standardization. In January of 2011, Capt Hawkins deployed with HMH-461 in support of ISAF 1-11. During this deployment Capt Hawkins participated in many named operations and served as the Flightline Officer.
In September 2011, Capt Hawkins reported to HMH-463 and participated in the transition of the squadron from the CH-53D to the CH-53E. He served as the Assistant Maintenance Officer for the introduction of 12 CH-53Es and multiple successful maintenance inspections. Capt Hawkins attended WTI 1-13 and was assigned the billet of Pilot Training Officer. Capt Hawkins served as the Tactics Officer for the squadron’s detachment to the 31st MEU. The detachment checked into VMM-265(REIN) and executed multiple international exercises to include Talisman Sabre and Koolandong in Australia aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard. Upon return home to Kaneohe Bay Maj Hawkins transferred to Maxwell AFB, AL and attended Air Command and Staff College.
After completing Command and Staff Maj Hawkins checked into HMH-464 and assumed the duties of the Operations Officer. While with the Condors Maj Hawkins deployed to the Kingdom of Norway and served as the ACE Operations Officer for HMH-464(-) REIN under 2dMEB. In May 2017 Maj Hawkins transferred to MAG-29 to serve as the Operations Officer and oversee the operations of eight tactical squadrons. In May of 2018 Maj Hawkins transferred to Head Quarters Marine Corps and served as the Heavy Lift Requirements Officer (APW-51) for the Deputy Commandant for Aviation. LtCol Hawkins checked into MAG-29 in February of 2020 and is preparing for command of HMH-464. He was promoted to his current rank on 2 March 2020.
During his tours in the FMF, LtCol Hawkins has served as Officer in Charge of Flight Equipment, Airframes Division, Flightline Division, Assistant Maintenance Officer, NATOPS Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, Pilot Training Officer, Tactics Officer, and Operations Officer. LtCol Hawkins is designated as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor, Air Mission Commander and Functional Check Pilot in the CH-53E and a graduate of Expeditionary Warfare School non-resident program and a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with a gold star, Air Medal with bronze numeral 5 and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars.