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February 2005

Release Date: February 24, 2005

Hawkins to Return to ASU for General Promotion Ceremony

Brig. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins, whose Air Force career has carried him from San Angelo to stops half a world away, will return to Angelo State University, where his military career started, for a promotion ceremony and reception on Friday, March 4.

Hawkins is the first graduate of ASU's ROTC Detachment 847 to become a general. He is the director of communications operations and deputy chief of staff for installations and logistics for the Air Force and is based in Washington, D.C.

ASU, Central High School and the San Angelo chapter of the NAACP have planned a welcome home reception for Hawkins from 4:30-6 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the high school cafeteria, 100 Cottonwood St. The event is free and open to the public. A private promotion ceremony will be conducted earlier in the day for the newly pinned general.

Hawkins graduated from Central High School in 1973 before attending ASU and helping the Ram track team win the 1974, 1975 and 1977 Lone Star Conference titles. Hawkins was the corps commander of ASU's ROTC detachment in the fall of 1977 when he graduated with a bachelor's degree.

As a newly commissioned second lieutenant, his first assignment was for the Strategic Air Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, where he served as a computer systems analyst. He attended squadron officer school after being promoted to first lieutenant and then became the chief of the data automation division at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene.

He was promoted to captain soon after and also finished a master's degree in management and human relations at Abilene Christian University while stationed at Dyess. He went on to stations at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois before becoming executive officer to the superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. During his time at the academy, he was promoted to major.

Hawkins completed studies at the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama before receiving his first assignment in Washington, D.C. He served as a support manager for data and information systems for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and reached lieutenant colonel during that time.

He completed another master's degree in 1997 while at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. That same year, Hawkins became commander of the air combat command computer systems squadron at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. He became a full colonel in 1998.

Hawkins then became director of command control, communication and computer systems in Southeast Asia until 2000. He was assigned to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii as director of communications and information for the headquarters of Pacific Air Forces until 2003. Since then, he has served at his post at the Air Force headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Hawkins, the 2001 Angelo State University Distinguished ROTC Alumnus, has earned five Defense Superior Service medals and the Defense Meritorious Service with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation, National Defense Service and Armed Forces Expeditionary medals. He has also earned two awards for Air Force Outstanding Unit and for Air Force Recognition. And, he received two notable awards each with one oak leaf cluster for Joint Meritorious Unit and Air Force Organizational Excellence. Hawkins and his wife, the former Maria Garcia of San Angelo, have two sons, Ronnie III and Joshua, one daughter-in-law Carrie, and one grandson Clayton.