Update on the Great Lakes Naval Station
Mar 14, 2018
Capt. James Hawkins, CO, Naval Station Great Lakes
Update on the Great Lakes Naval Station

Captain James D. Hawkins, Commanding Officer, Naval Station Great Lakes

A native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Captain James D. Hawkins is a 1987 graduate of St. Joseph High School and a 1991 graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering and a commission through Naval ROTC. Captain Hawkins was designated a Naval Flight Officer in the E-2C Hawkeye in February 1994.

Captain Hawkins has served with the “Bear Aces” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 124 (VAW 124); the “Bluetails” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121 (VAW 121); and as Navigator onboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74).

Ashore, Captain Hawkins has served at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nevada as a Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School (CAEWWS) instructor, Air Wing Weapons Detachment evaluator, and E-2C Tactics Manual program manager;  as a Knowledge Manager and Aerospace Planner for United States Joint Forces Command, Standing Joint Force; commanded Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility (FACSFAC) San Diego; and served at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command Interagency Directorate (J9) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He assumed command of Naval Station Great Lakes on March 4, 2015.

Captain Hawkins has over 2300 hours and 500 arrested landings in the E-2C Hawkeye. He holds a masters degree from the Naval War College and is a graduate of the Naval Operational Planner Course and Joint Forces Staff College. Captain Hawkins’s decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Strike Flight Air Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various unit and campaign awards. Captain Hawkins was a 2011 Stennis Center “Straight Furrow” award winner for outstanding leadership, professionalism, and integrity.

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