Commander 29th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Maryland Army National Guard
Colonel Louis Hawkins is a native of Parkdale, Arkansas receiving his commission through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps in 2002 upon graduation from Henderson St. University, Arkadelphia, AR. He commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery where he served with B- BTRY 1/206th Field Artillery Regiment in Paris, AR. He deployed to Iraq with the 39th IBCT (The Arkansas Brigade) in 2004-2005 Operation Iraqi Freedom II as a Fire Direction Officer and later Executive Officer for B-BTRY. After deployment, he branch transferred to Aviation being assigned to the 77th Theater Aviation Brigade located at Camp Robinson, North Little Rock, AR. He then commanded the 2-238th Air Ambulance Company in Kosovo 2010-2011 (KFOR 13).
COL Hawkins’ education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Henderson St. University in Political Science, a Master of Arts Degree from Webster University of St. Louis in Management and Leadership, and a Masters of Strategic Studies as a graduate of the U.S Army War College. He also holds a FAA commercial, instrument helicopter rating as well as a commercial multi-engine, instrument fixed wing rating.
COL Hawkins’ awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Aviator Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.